No. 7 Penn State Returns Home One Last Time for Epic Showdown against Michigan State

No. 7 Penn State Returns Home One Last Time for Epic Showdown against Michigan State

No. 7 Penn State (9-2, 7-1) has just four quarters remaining inside Beaver Stadium this season. It seems only appropriate that the Michigan State (3-8, 1-7) game will be the final test of this phenomenal season for the Nittany Lions.

The Penn State vs. Michigan State game has long been an intense matchup between two of the toughest teams in the Big Ten. The overall record shows that Penn State has 14 wins, Michigan State owns 15 wins, and the teams tied once in the early 1900s.

Michigan State has won the last three meetings between these two teams, but this year has all the makings of a different story.

“We’re playing a good football team… They’re talented,” said Head Coach James Franklin. “It’s going to be a real challenge for us. We’re going to need rocking on Saturday night.”

With Michigan State faltering a few times this season, Penn State has a chance to come away with the win, which may just send them to the Big Ten Championship, provided that Ohio State beats Michigan.

However, Michigan State recently almost beat No. 2 Ohio State, and the Nittany Lions do not take this game lightly, especially since it is Senior Day.


“I know my parents are definitely going to be emotional,” said senior defensive end Evan Schwan (Harrisburg, Pa.). “I’m going to kind of make sure like, ‘Hey, I still have to play a game, just chill out a bit.’”

Senior captain and linebacker Brandon Bell (Mays Landing, N.J.) plans on keeping cool and collected, despite it being his last game in Beaver Stadium.

“It’s been hitting me a little bit this week,” said Bell. “I’m sure once finally comes, once we finally walk out, it will be a little different… it has started to hit me.”

Despite a shaky start to the Rutgers game with some incomplete passes and lack of scoring, Coach Franklin is confident this weekend will show Penn State’s true, top-ranked colors.

“We are going to respect our opponent… we’re going to focus on Penn State,” said Franklin. “We’re going to prepare like crazy all week long… do everything we possibly can to find a way to get a positive result on Saturday.”

Coach Franklin has called upon all students, alumni, former players, and community members to come out on Saturday and white it out one last time for the season, and to thank the players who have given this community their all.

Students may also do a one-day Nittanyville, signing up on Friday evening and spending the night at Beaver Stadium.

“Once again, we just got to go out and play well on Saturday and focus on Michigan State,” said Franklin. “After the game is over… we’ll find out what the next step in our journey is. Whatever that step is, we’ll embrace and be appreciative of.”

We couldn’t agree with you more, Coach Franklin. Let’s be loud and proud on Saturday for the 3:30 p.m. kickoff, Nittany Nation! We Are!