Nittany Lions Wire staff predictions: Penn State or Auburn in Week 3?

The time is nearly here for Penn State’s first trip into SEC country since 2010. It’s been a long time coming for Penn State, which visits Auburn on Saturday.

Penn State enters as a road favorite in unfamiliar territory. As long as it can weather the storm of an electric Jordan-Hare Stadium early and give the local fans no reason to get riled up in the second half, the Nittany Lions should be in good shape.

Here is a look at our picks and quick thoughts on the game this week.

Andrew Harbaugh, @MandrewH_

Final Score: 31-14
Auburn’s offense is horrendous, especially the quarterback play. Look for a lot of turnovers for Auburn this game and for the defense to make this a showcase. The only concern is the Auburn defensive line versus the younger Penn State line, if the Nittany Lions win the trenches this game isn’t close.
Kevin McGuire, @KevinOnCFB

Final score: Penn State 27, Auburn 23

Before the start of the season, I marked this game down as one of three losses I anticipated for Penn State. Well, throw that preseason prediction out the window because I think Penn State once again manages to get just enough done to top the Tigers. Penn State’s passing game is a difference-maker here, and I hope Mike Yurcich decides to feed Nick Singleton. But there is no way Penn State’s defense is going to let TJ Finley beat it.

Sam Dehring, @sam_dehring68

Final score: Penn State 31, Auburn 24
I think Penn State comes beats Auburn for the second year in a row. Clifford played very well against the Tigers last year. A stronger offense, including a talented running back room coming off a strong week against Ohio, will ease the pressure on Clifford to win the game himself. I think the Nittany Lions take this one home with a final score of 31-24.


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