The Penn State Nittany Lions saw their College Football Playoff hopes dashed when they lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans in back-to-back games at the end of October and beginning of November.
Winners over Rutgers last time out, Penn State can still go to a minor January 1st Bowl game if they win out against Nebraska and Maryland, starting this weekend with the arrival of the Cornhuskers in Happy Valley.
Nebraska has been a disappointment yet again and with a new Athletic Director in place the presumption is that changes will be made.
For now the Cornhuskers are playing out the string in what looks like a forlorn attempt to avoid a losing record.
Penn State bounced back from their defeats to roll over the Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium at University Park last Saturday.
Trace McSorley completed 16-of-21 for 214 yards and a couple of scores and also rushed for another in the 35-6 triumph.
Saquon Barkley was held to 35 yards on 14 carries and while the junior did score twice, his campaign for the Heisman Trophy Award did take something of a hit.
The favorite now would appear to be Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield who is second in the nation in passing yards with 3,559, trailing only Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State.
Third ranked in the nation, the Sooners are in the thick of the chase for the College Football Playoff, something that will add to the candidacy of Mayfield.
Mayfield is 1.03 to win the Heisman Trophy, with Barkley 1213.00 and Bryce Love of Stanford 15.00.
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