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Upset special: Northwestern over PSU

Penn State is back in the national rankings with a 6-1 record and leads the Big Ten’s Leaders Division with a 3-0 record in conference play. Northwestern has lost four games in a row and sits in the basement of the Legends Division at 2-4, 0-3.

But the Nittany Lions’ trip to Ryan Field on Saturday night smells and looks like a trap.

The Wildcats are desperate to save their season. Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, who is working his way back from an Achilles tendon injury, shaved his head after last week’s 41-31 loss at Iowa. Northwestern’s defense hasn’t been good, but neither has Penn State’s offense.

The Nittany Lions will be without top receiver Derek Moye, who broke his foot while slipping down the stairs in his apartment. This will be Penn State’s third road game of the season, after they were unimpressive in previous trips to Temple (14-10 win) and Indiana (16-10 victory).

Northwestern will find a way to climb out of the Big Ten cellar, with Persa leading them to a 21-16 victory.