The Penn State Nittany Lions head south to take on the Auburn Tigers this Saturday for a highly anticipated non-conference matchup. After last season’s showdown in primetime in Beaver Stadium, Penn State could be heading into some dangerous territory before a wild and energetic crowd with the Tigers looking for some revenge.
Penn State held on to win last year’s meeting, the first in the home-and-home scheduling agreement between the two schools. This will be Penn State’s first time playing at Auburn, while the game will be Auburn’s third-straight game in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
When it comes to Penn State’s current form, the big unknown right now is the availability of tight end Theo Johnson. Johnson has been kept out of action in each of Penn State’s first two games this season. Johnson had one catch for 37 yards in last year’s game against Auburn.
Johnson had 19 catches for 213 yards last season for the Nittany Lions. Tyler Warren continues to fill the spot in the offense that would have been occupied by Johnson. In two games, Warren has four receptions for 39 yards. Brenton Strange is Penn State’s third-leading receiver with 89 yards on three receptions.
Many games are won and lost in the trenches, and this showdown between teams from the most traditionally physical conferences looks to be no exception. With not much more than mediocre quarterback play to rely upon, and a fine but uninspiring wide receiver room, the Auburn running game is going to have to carry the offensive load this season.
Auburn will be led by Tank Bigsby, owner of not only an all-time great college football name, but also an impressive sophomore season a year ago. He has so far lived up to the billing as a PFF second-team preseason all-SEC running back, averaging nearly seven yards per carry, even with teams largely keying in on him.
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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Auburn Tigers Game Information
- Date: 09/17/2022
- Time: 03:30 PM ET
- Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL.
- How to Watch Penn State vs Auburn: CBS
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
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