The #19 Nittany Lions (1–0, 0–0 Big Ten) travel to South Bend on Saturday to play the rubber match with #4 Notre Dame (1–0). The series is currently tied at 8–8–1.
The various sports books list Notre Dame as a 7 to 8 point favorite on their home turf. The over/under ranges from 47 to 48.5. Given the wide disparity in the rankings, this shows either a lot of respect for Penn State or a lot of doubt about Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish dropped from #2 to #4 after their 14–10 victory over Georgia Tech last week. Some of the poll voters obviously felt that the Notre Dame performance was less than impressive. One voter, the always controversial Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star, admitted that he voted Notre Dame 10th. That’s probably closer to where they belong.