Another week, another notch in the win column as the Penn State Nittany Lions continue to roll through their 2016 regular-season schedule. A 45-12 victory over the Michigan State Spartans in Happy Valley capped off a 10-2 season that it includes a current eight-game winning streak.
Michigan State has had a historically awful year in a very competitive Big 10 Conference, but they are still extremely dangerous on any given Saturday. They were just a two-point-conversion away from beating Ohio State in the prior week, so James Franklin and his bunch went into this one knowing not to take the foot off the gas.
The game played out in a way similar to many in the past few weeks, as a highly competitive first half gave way to a second half in which the Nittany Lions completely dominated. This time, they outscored their opponent 35-0 in the final 30 minutes.
Trace McSorley had a field day in the Spartans secondary, completing 17 of 23 passes for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns. The passing game looked great in the final two frames, and McSorley continued to add eye-popping statistics to a very impressive sophomore campaign.
If there is one thing to be a little nervous about, is the fact that SaQuan Barkley only managed to gain 14 yards on 12 carries. If Penn State is going to be able to do their thing in the Big 10 Championship this Saturday against a very hungry Wisconsin squad, those numbers will need to improve drastically.
If they are able to prevail with a victory on this huge stage, they will end up playing in perhaps the biggest non-playoff bowl game this year.