Saturday night, the Auburn Tigers head to State College to face the Penn State Nittany Lions. This will be Penn State’s annual White Out game and is one of the bigger games across the country this weekend. College Gameday will be in attendance to boot, as plenty will have their eyes on a rare trip up north for Auburn.
How To Watch Auburn at Penn State
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Stream: ESPN App
Spread: Penn State -5 / Auburn +5
Moneyline: Penn State -190 / Auburn +165
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It’s usually a mistake to try and explain what might happen during an Auburn football game. When Auburn plays on a big stage, things can get weird. Strange happenings beyond anyone’s understanding.
At least that was true of the Gus Malzahn era, what the Bryan Harsin era will bring, is still to be determined. Saturday night will be the first true test for a new look Auburn program.
After losing the first five games of 2020, James Franklin’s Penn State squad has won six in a row, which includes a big win at Wisconsin a few weeks ago. The Nittany Lions feel pretty good about themselves right now.
Personnel-wise, these two teams are eerily similar. Good defenses, solid running backs, with quarterbacks who have frustrated their fan bases since taking over their respective offenses in 2019.
As you know by now, Saturday night will be the White Out in Happy Valley. Auburn will be playing an unfamiliar foe in unfamiliar territory in its most hostile state. This is as much of a road game as you will ever see.
What this game might come down to, as almost every Auburn game has for the last two years, is how will Bo Nix play. Having been all over the SEC, Nix is no stranger to this environment. That doesn’t mean he’s played well when faced with them before.
Saturday night is a chance for Bo Nix to show he’s made the jump. A chance to silence the critics with a road win against a really good defense.
Dare I say, I think that might happen. I expect Auburn’s defense to be the most athletic unit on the field Saturday night and set up Nix and crew with a couple of short fields. A couple of offensive playmakers will step up for the Tigers and they’ll squeak out a close win.