Michigan State Football: 3 bold predictions vs. Penn State in Week 15

Payton Thorne, Michigan State football (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Payton Thorne, Michigan State football (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
1 of 3

Michigan State football is hoping to end its regular season on a high note with a win over Penn State. Can the Spartans get it done on the road?

One regular season game remains on the schedule for Michigan State and a win could go a long way on Saturday if the Spartans want to go bowling.

A win would make Michigan State 3-4 with a crossover game against a team like Minnesota or Illinois remaining and a .500 record would probably be enough to go to the postseason. Penn State won’t be an easy out, however, despite their 2-5 record this season.

Penn State has been disappointing, but the Nittany Lions are also riding a two-game winning streak after a shocking 0-5 start. They will be heavy favorites on Saturday.

Can the Spartans pull off another surprising win on Saturday afternoon?

3. Elijah Collins ends the season with his best game

It’s been a head-scratching year for the Elijah Collins believers as the sophomore running back has seen his numbers dwindle and his carries limited. He hasn’t quite caught on with the new staff yet and there’s a worry around town that he may be the next to hit the transfer portal if he doesn’t see a future for himself under Mel Tucker’s reign.

This is going to be the game all Collins fans have been waiting for.

Penn State gives up about 135 yards per game on the ground and the Spartans don’t have the best rushing attack in the country, but right now, I think Collins is the hot hand. That’s not saying much given how quiet the run game has been but he’s coming off his best showing of the season with 37 yards on eight carries against Ohio State.

It’s not going to take much, but I say Collins breaks 50-60 yards and maybe even approaches 70-80 and finished the year on a high note, stealing his starting job back for 2021.