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Penn State Opens as Favorite Against Michigan State

Is this the year Penn State gets past the Spartans? Vegas thinks so.

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Penn State has opened up as a seven point favorite ahead of its week nine contest at Michigan State.

The Spartans stand at 4-3, and have lost its last two games after getting blown out by both Ohio State and Wisconsin. They are coming off a bye week, giving them time to recover and allowing an extra week to prepare for Penn State.

Michigan State started off the season with wins against Tulsa and Western Michigan, and has victories against Big Ten foes Northwestern and Indiana. Their other loss came in heartbreaking fashion to Arizona State after a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation was nullified thanks to a penalty for having 12 players on the field. The second attempt was missed, resulting in a 10-7 loss.

Michigan State has pulled off upset victories against the Nittany Lions in each of the past two seasons, both times squashing their hopes of a playoff run. While Michigan State is coming off a bye, Penn State will need to quickly recover from back-to-back games against ranked opponents that each play a physically-demanding brand of football.

Penn State and Michigan will kickoff this Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with the game broadcasted to a national audience on ABC.