No. 12 Penn State hosts Rutgers
Rutgers (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) at No. 12 Penn State (9-2, 6-2, No. 10 CFP), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (BTN).
Line: Penn State by 41.
Series record: Penn State leads 27-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Nittany Lions still have a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl game. The Scarlet Knights can triple their win total from last season and will be looking for some positivity heading into an offseason that’ll begin with a coaching search.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Rutgers: QB Johnny Langan. The redshirt freshman has proven himself a solid runner with 333 rushing yards to go along with his 676 passing yards this season. His legs should come in handy against Penn State’s high-pressure defense.
Penn State QB Will Levis. It looks like Levis could make his first career start after he took a majority of first-team reps on Wednesday. While Clifford still has a shot to play, Levis brings a similar running quality with an edge of physicality not common for the position.
FACTS & FIGURES
Levis ran 18 times for 34 yards with a touchdown and completed 6 of 11 passes for 57 yards with an interception in relief last week. … Rutgers won the first meeting between the schools in 1918. Its last win in the series came in 1988. … Rutgers LB Tyshon Fogg is third in the Big Ten with 8.6 tackles per game. … Penn State’s senior class is 40-11 since 2016, its first 40-win senior class since 2009. Penn State’s last senior class to win 41 games was the 1997 group. … Penn State safety Lamont Wade forced three fumbles last week, a Big Ten single-game record. … Langan’s 333 rushing yards are the most by a Rutgers QB since Bruce Van Ness had 389 in 1967.