Despite a loss to Ohio State, the 7-1 No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions still have a chance to win the Big 10 East, but they’ll need to win out. James Franklin’s team had a bit of a scare last week against Indiana but escaped with a 33-24 win, and now they will face the 5-3 Maryland Terrapins in College Park.
Maryland lost to Northwestern in Evanston last week. That was a step in the wrong direction, but Taulia Tagovailoa still leads an effective offense and the Terrapins could have Penn State on upset alert for the second straight week.
Here is everything you need to know about this matchup, from how to watch, to who to watch for. Let’s get into it.
How to watch
Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 3:30 PM EST\
Venue: SECU Stadium
How to watch (TV): FOX
Penn State record: 7-1
Maryland record: 5-3
All-time series: Penn State leads 42-3-1
Last meeting: Penn State 30 – Maryland 0 Nov. 12, 2022 – Beaver Stadium
Penn State vs. Maryland odds, spread and total
Penn State vs. Maryland Injuries
Chop Robinson – DE – questionable (undisclosed)
Harrison Wallace III – WR – out (arm)
Caedan Wallace – RT- questionable (undisclosed)
Leon Haughton Jr. – WR – questionable (undisclosed)
Penn State vs. Maryland prediction and pick
The Penn State Nittany Lions did not look good against Indiana last week. They gave up multiple big plays for touchdowns, which is something that the No. 2 defense in the country is not accustomed to. However, this week will be different.
With his team’s backs up against the wall a bit, Drew Allar finally threw his first interception of the year, and that might be a great thing. After the pick, Allar loosened up and hit a game-winning deep ball to KeAndre Lambert-Smith.
Allar looked more aggressive which is great news because Penn State ranks 96th in the country in yards per play and 118th in the country in yards per completion at 10.7. The offense won’t turn into one of the most explosive units in the country, but if Allar is taking more chances, then the offense will have life.
Maryland’s biggest issue will be protecting Taulia Tagovailoa. Penn State is averaging 4.0 sacks per game. Chop Robinson is questionable, but without him, the Nittany Lions sacked Brendan Sorsby three times last week.
Tagovailoa has been pressured on 27.2% of his dropbacks this season and against pressure, he is only completing 38.8% of his passes for just 5.8 yards per attempt. He’ll struggle against Penn State’s pass rush and the Nittany Lions will win and cover on the road. Penn State had covered their first six games of the season before the past two weeks.