If you were to build a ranked opponent for this year's Northwestern team to upset, Penn State would be it. The defense is great, but NU has moved the ball on some very good defenses. The offense can't pass. The special teams are terrible. Does this mean that I'm taking the 'Cats? Not a chance. I do think that this game will be painfully close for most of the game, as Penn State struggles to put Northwestern away and the NU offense just struggles, but Penn State wins.
Penn State, 24, Northwestern, 13
Northwestern 31, Penn State 13
Jesus, guys. We're about to face a team with an all-conference running back and MATT MCGLOIN AND ROB BOLDEN at quarterback, and they're not even going to think twice about slinging the ball all over the field unabated for multiple touchdowns. This is hell. For the nth straight week, I'm confident in NU's offense to put up points, but haven't the slightest bit of faith in Northwestern's pass defense to stop the Nittany Lions at all. Penn State really shouldn't be ranked, and NU will show this by playing them tight. But everything hurts right now for NU fans and I don't see that stopping tomorrow.