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Penn State's BCS title chances are all but gone, but the Nittany Lions can still smell the roses as they host the Spartans. Scott Kennedy and the publishers of Scout.com break down No. 17 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Penn State.
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Hey welcome to the -- -- here on fox sports -- come on Christian Anderson joined by Scott Kennedy director of scouting for got dot com and got we got a big game in the Big Ten big game -- excited for what -- be championship weekend in the midwest I am and when you think about the options what can happen in the in the Rose Bowl can be USC against Penn State or maybe organs they at a rematch sort of -- planned better. Was that first game a fluke I don't know so this is Penn State's chance take care of business secure a trip Pasadena will not talk -- that -- that he and we don't want that rematch it's very simple for Joe. Bosnia the Lions win and -- With a victory Saturday can they can earn a Big Ten title and a spot the Rose Bowl for the first time in 1994. Inning and away is a resurgent Michigan State spartans who haven't outside shot at the conference title and be a bit. For the in this it has to -- to how -- has been preached to the team during practices this week. Absolutely and I mean they had a week to prepare. Got so you guys know what to expect from me you know what the state do you think about it. It's pretty remarkable that market and O'Neal that got these guys here and did exactly. -- in the conference and he hit the ball Big Apple. Vehicles in Michigan State history with the exception of doubt he'd already won the national championship in his second year. I mean that guy and a great guy he's they know what's at -- there are there are enough and hyped up for. And I just got to go out on the field and get it done but it won't be easy senior game -- Well -- the term workhorse has thrown a lot around a lot but Javon ringer has been the workhorse for coach Antonio team leading country in carries and touchdowns. How do you view the prospect of him cracking that stingy Penn State defense. Will be the key of me I think on the mistake of the stubborn. I think I'll give him the ball twenty to 25 irons and they won't give up easily on the rushing game I mean you've got -- We're gonna want to can't watch -- third in the nation of flashy person -- and I mean that kind of guy he can't get what ought to heatley. And not to mention the fact that they're passing game has not been a look at what life into the army Michigan State. Patten when you look at it blind lawyer. Just ranks 73. Impact and so I think we'll be looking at me -- 78 earned him passing efficiency so when you look at. They get either pitcher on the team that got a lot of ball these government. And it going to take their shot down the field collectively. But I think many of the Lumpur or should not going to be that way that they be reinstated going to have to be on the ground out it don't expect that they try to do it through the year. The Big Ten this season and -- open weeks during the regular season and it has not gone well teams or read a following the break. Earlier this season up and stately Iowa following their bye this week the spartans are the last team to play following a week off. I Neifi team but the let's don't they got worked over by -- how they really think it hurt or help an issue this week. I think it's going to help I think no problem in that Ohio State game got away from them because. Michigan State turned the ball over too much -- me and I turned the ball well prior to that game. And when he got to -- game all that was butter fingers. They had a -- they had a let -- -- who turned the ball over. While Ohio State scoop and score so Michigan State class three and turnovers to that play in that. This season so I don't see that happening again I think this game is going to be much closer candidate as a club -- -- -- -- was eager to teams. -- a very good thing incredible bought apparently thought you know I think it gives statement on his chance. But they're going to -- makes -- big plays again -- did he can't stay the principal in the invasion of Patten -- man. Ten billions of that got -- from the newspaper. You know -- big article in there and give it everything you make -- respectively quote game but he and I do you is that -- I'm gonna say Kent State 24 Michigan State 21. Let's switch it up -- full body make -- fair to be happy happy valley that is joining us is mark Brennan a fight on state dot com. -- -- data out of us against spread teams by alternating the linebacker combinations to increased speed what do you think of the match up. I think actually defense they won't be as much of a spread team this week if you look at the teams have been successful against Michigan State's. It's been -- tentative on the ball you know all of the major running backs in the Big Ten have gone off for over a hundred yards against the spartans. Wisconsin put two guys over a hundred yards so. You make peace -- school Penn State offense in this game -- people forget that you. Take a look at -- is that Penn State lead to big headed rushing do so. They can run the ball they have developed for -- get better records are. Although Penn State defense last week gave up just 61 downs in the game in Indiana. He expects similar results against Javon ringer and crew. You know they have been very good Scott against the against power running backs this year the one guy I mean out of Iowa. I think they were embarrassed by what Sean green was able to do that to them in the quarterback -- go late in the game on a game winning drive. They kind of pulled together going to Indiana but obviously Michigan State is a much different animal by. -- that they had been very good against the run again and I mean they're number one in the big tent and and rushing defense so. This would appear to be a good matchup for Penn State. I think one of the keys is going to be you know how well is that the -- play in the second half ringer has -- some teams down. He's a workhorse back not the biggest guy. That they had some depth on a deeper into why I think that'll play their favor but I think this game Michael Blake like most games. That -- the Big Ten title on the line. Will be -- will be decided in the third fourth. Joe Paterno contract is up at the end of the season do you think we'll be watching the final game -- go to beaver stadium in. How much will emotion factor in this game. I don't think it's going to be the final game you know I think if anything. Going ten and one to this point this season I mean he's pretty much guaranteed himself that he want if he wants to come back next year. He will I can't imagine him going out having spent most of his final season. In the press ought to me that just does not seem -- Joe Paterno is all about I think he's going to be back but I didn't think it's -- going to be emotional question in the sense that. That is a great group of seniors. As part of maybe the belief and they've got a pretty good program over the years this could be the first class that has won two Big Ten title so they want to Big Ten title in 2005. If -- -- wins Saturday. They'll be looking at its second Big Ten title so. Derrick Williams. Eight Q Shipley. Well you know that entire crew after the Colorado -- been a part of some very good football team and I think it's going to be real emotional senior day. Well we got marks prediction on the most asked question in happy valley about Joe -- how about for the game what do you think's going to happen this weekend. I think that is going to do a good job against Gregory may get about a hundred yards but I think overall the defense we'll play well. I look for the Penn State offense to get things going with the running game pound basketball work behind that offensive line pilots for Penn State to pull away late went 317 game. I -- mark look at it out and he does stay here with -- I say about the match -- of Michigan State. That makes an -- -- head to a -- and I'm. Now I don't know little or no whether I have just one time -- they'll make a decision right. Guys that that I talk to -- and make me today why Meehan will that some place in the points appropriate. We have a dynamite and he won't want to do while we're -- militant. And what's not what's best for the program expects this football team what's best for the football staff and that right now and I really. I don't want to talk to anybody about under him did big gig for us. And it's a big football game for us who don't win that we can win the Big Ten championship. And it's NF crucial stage played really well and I so I think it to root for me get involved in anything else except. Concentrating on and trying to help the staff as best I can in my limited physical ability to it 2. To just keep. Let's keep -- not we've done well wouldn't you know we've been very close -- wanted to be the who wouldn't couple plays away from being -- we've got a chance to have activity and I just concentrate on that because it's not going to be easy. Aren't we heard I think -- Lansing from a college now I turned to Scott Scott leaving Michigan -- Has got it in them think they have it and I'm -- it's going to happen no I don't think it I don't think it's going to happen how the saying go. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me will we picked them against against Ohio State and Ohio State made them look really really bad I don't think Michigan State is that bad. But I don't think they're good enough to be Michigan's two B Penn State just yet and I think one of the differences in the games at Penn State deep threat. Seems like this season everybody on talk often often softens the bat and a defense hasn't given up 300 yards since Wisconsin and they won that game by forty points. Flooding their defense can shut down Michigan State Darryl Clark rebounded. Excellent against last week -- -- at Indiana it's not against a team is his mission statement after lane and -- get a Iowa where he was like nine of 26 net and that I had a terrible game so much -- blame me. Came back and had a solid game player of the week against Indiana offense that's fine defense is the difference in this game pen when this one.