- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Penn State (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at No. 6 Michigan State (10-1, 6-1, No. 5 CFP), 3:35 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Michigan State by 11.

Series Record: Tied 14-14-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

After upsetting unbeaten Ohio State despite an injury to QB Connor Cook, the Spartans can wrap up a spot in the Big Ten championship game with a victory this weekend. A Penn State victory would send either Michigan or Ohio State to the title game, which would be a bitter pill for the Spartans.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan State’s defensive line against Penn State’s pass protection. The Spartans held Ohio State to 132 yards of offense, and the Buckeyes were criticized for not doing more to test Michigan State’s shaky secondary. Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has the talent to throw effectively against the Spartans, but he’s also been sacked 36 times this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Penn State: DE Carl Nassib. A finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the defensive player of the year, Nassib leads the FBS with 15 ½ sacks.

Michigan State: QB Tyler O’Connor. If Cook can’t play, O’Connor and Damion Terry are the QBs in waiting. O’Connor completed only seven passes against Ohio State, but he also picked up some key yards on the ground. If O’Connor doesn’t play at all this weekend that means Cook is healthy - all the better for Michigan State.

FACTS & FIGURES: Hackenberg holds Penn State career records for yards passing (8,061), touchdown passes (46), completions (663), attempts (1,182) and total offense (7,818). . The Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten with 33 plays of 30 or more yards. . Michigan State is trying for its third division title in the five years the Big Ten has had divisional play. . The Spartans are trying for their third straight win over Penn State, which hasn’t happened since they won five in a row in the series from 1949-66.

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