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In week 5 the Northwestern Wildcats head to Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania to face the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday. The Wildcats are 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS. The Nittany Lions are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS.

Northwestern beat Western Illinois 24-7 last week for their first win of the season.  Quarterback Trevor Siemian who has 614 passing yards and 2 touchdowns leads the offense this season. Justin Jackson leads the rushing game with 184 yards, 2 touchdowns and a 4.5 yards per carry average. Cameron Dickerson leads the wide receivers with 129 yards and 1 touchdown.

Northwestern’s defense has been pretty good this season by allowing 20.3 points per game and 397 yards per game.

Penn State is coming off a win 48-7 against Massachusetts last week. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg who has 1261 passing yards and 4 touchdowns leads the offense this season. Bill Belton leads the rushing game with 164 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 4.0 yards per carry average. Geno Lewis leads the wide receivers with 462 yards and 1 touchdown.

Penn State’s defense has been outstanding so far this season only allowing 11 points per game and 270 yards per game.

Keys to Northwestern win

Northwestern will have to shut down Christian Hackenberg’s passing game and to do that they will have to bring some pressure. In addition, The Wildcats will need Trevor Siemian to be a bit more involved in the passing game.

Keys to Penn State win

Penn State will need to play a solid game. In addition, Christian Hackenberg have to play errorless football against the Huskies defense.

Injuries

Northwestern – C.J. Robbins, Tony Jones, Xavier Washington, Sean McEvily, Christian Jones

Penn State – Adam Breneman, Ben Kline, Miles Dieffenbach

Favorite

Penn State -11

Conclusion

Penn State should win this game, as they are stronger on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Nittany Lions offense should over power the Northwestern defense for a double-digit win

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