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Penn State Opens as Large Favorite Over Northwestern

The Nittany Lions look to keep rolling after blowing past Iowa.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Penn State Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The oddsmakers don’t expect Penn State to have much trouble remaining unbeaten on their trip to Northwestern on Saturday. The Nittany Lions have opened as a 25.5 point favorite over the Wildcats, fresh off their 31-0 dismantling of Iowa in front of a White Out crowd to reach 4-0.

It was also an eventful Saturday night for Northwestern, as they earned a dramatic come-from-behind overtime victory against Minnesota. The Wildcats entered the game on a nine-game losing streak in Big Ten play, and were an 11.5-point underdog to the Gophers. Yet they managed to overcome a 31-10 fourth quarter deficit to eventually pull out the victory in overtime to stun the Gophers 37-34.

Northwestern enters the game 2-2 and a somewhat pleasant surprise after suffering through a 1-11 season in 2022 before a tumultuous offseason where they parted ways with long time head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Their two losses have come against Rutgers and #17 Duke, sandwiched between a 38-7 win over Tulsa.

Penn State defeated Northwestern 17-7 in a sloppy game played throughout a downpour in State College in 2022.

The Nittany Lions and Wildcats will kickoff at noon this Saturday, Sept. 30, on BTN.

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