Regardless of who wins that game, Ohio State center Pat Elflein - who played in his last game at Ohio Stadium and celebrated on the field with thousands of scarlet-clad fans who poured from the seats - believes the Buckeyes belong. The victor has an excellent chance of making a run to the College Football Playoff, with both teams now ranked in the top four. As a result, Penn State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) is set for its biggest game in almost a decade and will face Michigan State (3-8, 1-7) in the regular season finale Saturday with a Big Ten championship, and possibly more, on the line. He'd be the third TE in Michigan State history to reach that milestone.
"It's great to be in the conversation", Bell said.
Penn State plays host to Georgia Tech on Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Andre Robinson added 14- and 40-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter for Penn State, and Saquon Barkley scored on a 1-yard run in the second. Michigan State mounted four long first-half drives of at least 11 plays but had to settle for Geiger's kicks each time.
"I think we're one of the top teams in the country", Meyer said.
Franklin, who only confirms injuries if a player is out for the season, said he expects Barkley to practice and prepare as he would normally from the information he had at the end of the game.
Penn State's defensive front against Michigan State's running game.
Michigan State: The Spartans' run of nine straight seasons with a bowl appearance under Mark Dantonio was snapped weeks ago. Did the Spartans drain their energy in one last upset bid this season, or can they pull it all together for one more chance to play spoiler on the road in State College?
Saturday's showdown could also determine which team advances to play in the Big Ten tournament, with Penn State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten), which plays Michigan State on Saturday, also in the discussion for a CFP playoff spot. Running back LJ Scott hurt his right leg in the first half, and although he returned, was not effective.
Penn State: With injuries mounting, Penn State appeared destined for another ho-hum season at best after a Week 4 loss to MI dropped the Nittany Lions to 2-2. It has been a while since Penn State was in this sort of position, but James Franklin's team should be careful not to overlook Michigan State. Penn State takes a while to get warmed up it seems, and that could once again be the case. It'll lose just 17 seniors and return many key contributors next season.