Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; TV: FOX; Radio: WEEU 830-AM; The line: Nittany Lions by 29.5
Penn State 45, Buffalo 10
The Nittany Lions will be challenged a bit more than they were last week. The Bulls won 10 games last season and played for the Mid-American Conference title, but they have a young team, including a first-year starter at quarterback, and just three returning starters on defense. Penn State is deeper and more talented and should cruise to another easy win.
|Robert Morris||W, 38-10||Idaho||W, 79-7|
|Saturday||at Penn State||Saturday||Buffalo|
|Sept. 14||at Liberty||Sept. 14||Pittsburgh|
|Sept. 21||Temple||Sept. 27||at Maryland|
|Sept. 28||at Miami (Ohio)||Oct. 5||Purdue|
|Oct. 5||Ohio||Oct. 12||at Iowa|
|Oct. 19||at Akron||Oct. 19||Michigan|
|Oct. 26||Central Michigan||Oct. 26||at Michigan State|
|Nov. 2||at Eastern Michigan||Nov. 9||at Minnesota|
|Nov. 14||at Kent State||Nov. 16||Indiana|
|Nov. 20||Toledo||Nov. 23||at Ohio State|
|Nov. 29||Bowling Green||Nov. 30||Rutgers|
|Buffalo offense||Penn State offense|
|Wide receiver||3||Daniel Lee||Wide receiver||6||
|Tight end||89||Zac Lefebvre||Tight end||87||Pat Freiermuth|
|Left tackle||67||Evin Ksiezarczyk||Left tackle||53||Rasheed Walker|
|Left guard||72||Paul Nosworthy||Left guard||74||Steven Gonzalez|
|Center||62||Mike Novitsky||Center||62||Michal Menet|
|Right guard||65||Tomas Jack-Kurdyla||Right guard||69||C.J. Thorpe|
|Right tackle||73||Kayode Awosika||Right tackle||71||Will Fries|
|Wide receiver||86||Carlton Todd||Wide receiver||1||KJ Hamler|
|Wide receiver||83||Marlyn Johnson||Wide receiver||5||Jahan Dotson|
|Quarterback||10||Matt Myers||Quarterback||14||Sean Clifford|
|Running back||26||Jaret Patterson||Running back||3||Ricky Slade|
|Buffalo defense||Penn State defense|
|End||49||Taylor Riggins||End||18||Shaka Toney|
|Tackle||91||Eddie Wilson||Tackle||54||Robert Windsor|
|Tackle||93||Chibueze Onwuka||Tackle||55||Antonio Shelton|
|End||50||Malcolm Koonce||End||99||Yetur Gross-Matos|
|Linebacker||20||James Wright||Outside linebacker||40||Jesse Luketa|
|Linebacker||42||Matt Otwinowski||Middle linebacker||36||Jan Johnson|
|Linebacker||31||Kadofi Wright||Outside linebacker||11||Micah Parsons|
|Cornerback||3||Aapri Washington||Cornerback||5||Tariq Castro-Fields|
|Strong safety||9||Joey Banks||Safety||17||Garrett Taylor|
|Free safety||33||Tyrone Hill||Safety||38||Lamont Wade|
|Cornerback||12||Devon Russell||Cornerback||29||John Reid|
Penn State statistics
- When Penn State has the ball: The Nittany Lions again will strive for balance on offense behind quarterback Sean Clifford. Buffalo has just one returning starter on the defensive line, so look for the Penn State offensive line to get consistent push. Edge: Penn State.
- When Buffalo has the ball: The Bulls like to run the ball behind a veteran offensive line, but it’s safe to say they won’t see a defensive line like Penn State’s. The Lions worked to improve their rushing defense, so this could be a test for them. Edge: Penn State.
- Special teams: Penn State has to clean up a few miscues from last week, including two muffed punts and a blocked punt. Jordan Stout, a transfer from Virginia Tech, was sensational last week on kickoffs and booted a 53-yard field goal. Edge: Penn State.
By the numbers
|Per game||Buffalo||Penn State|
Penn State leads Buffalo 2-1, including a 27-14 win in 2015 at Beaver Stadium.
Buffalo: Lance Leipold, 24-27, fifth season.
Penn State: James Franklin, 46-21, sixth season.
“I feel like the main thing will be us staying focus and playing our game, living up to what we want to do on the field.” — Daniel George, Penn State wide receiver.
Big Ten standings
|EAST||Big Ten||All||WEST||Big Ten||All|
Saturday’s other Big Ten games
- Rutgers at Iowa, noon (FS1)
- Syracuse at Maryland, noon (ESPN)
- Army at Michigan, noon (FOX)
- Cincinnati at Ohio State, noon (ABC)
- Vanderbilt at Purdue, noon (BTN)
- Nebraska at Colorado, 3:30 (FOX)
- Eastern Illinois at Indiana, 3:30 (BTN)
- Illinois at Connecticut, 3:30 (CBSSN)
- Central Michigan at Wisconsin, 3:30 (BTN)
- Western Michigan at Michigan State, 7:30 (BTN)
- Minnesota at Fresno State, 10:30 (CBSSN)
Next in this series
Jesse Luketa will make his first start in place of Cam Brown, who must sit out the first half today against Idaho
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