Sport Penn State faces Auburn, looking for 7th straight win
Big 12 to consider BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Houston for expansion?
The Big 12 could extend formal invitations during the upcoming football season to any of four potential candidates. While BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston are all mentioned, BYU is named as the favorite because it's an FBS independent that has other programs competing in the West Coast Conference. The other three schools would have to notify the American Athletic Conference of their plans to depart for the Big 12 at least 27 months ahead of time and also pay exit fees of $10 million each. Eight of 10 current Big 12 members, including Texas and Oklahoma, must approve of any school joining the conference.
No. 22 Auburn (2-0) at No. 10 Penn State (2-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Penn State by 5 1/2, according to.
Series record: Tied 1-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both teams will look for early bragging rights in the first game of a home-and-home matchup that also could serve as a resume builder for both squads. The Nittany Lions are playing for their seventh straight win while Auburn looks for its third straight in a rare visit to a Big Ten stadium.
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With Ohio backed up to its own goal line, the Syracuse defense leaves little doubt as multiple defenders get into the backfield to make the tackle and get the safety. Watch as Cuse takes an early 9-0 lead on the road in this ACC Must See Moment.
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Auburn’s running game vs. Penn State’s front seven. The Tigers have a pair of backs who have carved up their first two opponents and could be the key to quieting a raucous crowd. Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter have combined for 43 carries, 531 yards and four touchdowns. They’re running behind a physical offensive line anchored by four seniors.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Auburn: QB Bo Nix. This could be the loudest venue the veteran QB has ever played in and he’ll be doing so against a defense that’s already intercepted four passes. Penn State’s secondary is loaded with handsy players so Nix’s accuracy will need to be on point.
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Penn State LB/DE Jesse Luketa: The linebacker-turned-defensive end has wowed coaches and teammates with his ability to effortlessly switch positions when needed to fortify Penn State’s front. His tackling skills will come in handy against Auburn’s multi-headed rushing attack.
FACTS & FIGURES
Auburn hasn’t played a road Big Ten game since 1931. … The only two meetings in the series have come in bowl games. Penn State won the 1996 Outback Bowl and Auburn won the Capital One Bowl in 2002. … Auburn’s 1,151 yards of total offense are the most in program history to start a season and its 122 points are the fourth-most in an opening two-game span. … Penn State is 23-23 against the SEC. Auburn is 12-10-2 against the Big Ten. … This will be Penn State’s 13th full-stadium whiteout — where fans are encouraged to wear all white.
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Harsin on starting QB: 'That has not been decided yet' .
Bryan Harsin isn't tipping his hand on No. 22 Auburn's starting quarterback against LSU. T.J. Finley, a former LSU starter, staked his claim on the job when he came off the bench to replace third-year starter Bo Nix and ultimately throw for the go-ahead touchdown against Georgia Stat e. It remains to be seen if Auburn (3-1) will turn to Finley to start the Southeastern Conference opener under Harsin, hoping to jump-start an offense that sputtered in the past two games.“That has not been decided yet,” Harsin said. “I know depth charts come out. Depth charts, it’s a little bit old-school because so many things change throughout the week and all that.