Penn State vs Purdue: Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel, Prediction, Picks, Spread, Football Match Odds

No soft start to the 2022 college football season for Penn State or Purdue. The two Big Ten programs will kick things off Thursday night in a conference clash to open the season in a battle of two teams coming off different seasons in 2021.

Purdue was one of the Big Ten’s pleasant surprises. After going 6-12 in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, the Boilermakers improved to 9-4 last season and went 6-3 in the Big Ten, finishing tied with Minnesota and Wisconsin for second place in the Big Ten West.

Penn State hasn’t been as successful, going 7-6 (and just 4-5 in conference play) after going 4-5 in 2020, with four losses against ranked teams and a upset loss to Illinois in nine overtime. It was enough to get to a bowl game, but just making the postseason is never the goal in State College, Pa. Not for a program that won the Big Ten East in 2019 when it went 11-2.

Thursday night’s meeting will be the first between these schools since 2019, when Penn State beat Purdue 35-7 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State has dominated the series, winning 15 of the 19 meetings.

Purdue vs. Penn State: I need to know

Purdue has a lot to replace, but still has Aidan O’Connell: Part of the reason Purdue was so successful in 2021 was receiver David Bell (93 receptions, 1,286 yards, six touchdowns) and defensive end George Karlaftis (41 tackles, 11.5 TFL, five sacks, three forced fumbles). Both will play their football on Sundays this season, and while neither will be easy to replace, the Boilermakers take some solace in the return of Aidan O’Connell. O’Connell began 2021 in a battle for the starting QB job, but once he got hold of it, he refused to let go. O’Connell finished the season with 3,708 yards passing and 28 touchdowns. He enters 2022 as the undisputed starter, and some wonder if he could be the next best QB in the league behind Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.

Sean Clifford Offensive Coordinator Sequence: Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. For example, no one expected much from Northwestern’s Ryan Hilinski last weekend, but he was in the same situation as Clifford entering 2022. Hilinski threw for 314 yards to help the Wildcats beat Nebraska. Familiarity is huge for a QB and Clifford has it with his playbook and a first-time signal caller in his college career. That, combined with his experience, could lead to his most productive season yet at Penn State.

Watch out for Penn State freshman Nick Singleton: The first-year player could be as big a boost to Clifford and Penn State’s offense as anyone. Penn State has struggled to run the ball effectively since the days of Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders, and Singleton is the most talented running back they’ve had since Barkley. That’s not to say he’s Barkley or will have an immediate impact, but he gives Penn State’s offense the game-breaking talent it lacked at running back. He’s a player to keep an eye on Thursday night — and all season long.

How to watch Purdue vs. Penn State live

Date: Thursday, September 1 | time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium – West Lafayette, Indiana
television: fox | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try Free)

Purdue vs. Penn State Prediction, Picks

Featured game | Purdue Boilermakers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

I’ve backed myself into a bit of a corner here. I spent the offseason talking about Penn State being the most underrated program in the Big Ten based on the last few seasons, while also saying that Purdue is overrated after last season’s superior performance. Well, it looks like my two opinions will collide head-on on Thursday night, and I see no reason to give them up just yet. I have legitimate concerns about Purdue’s ability to quickly replace the key pieces it lost from last year’s team, and Penn State should have the clear advantage in talent. There’s a reason the Nittany Lions are favored on the road after a mediocre season. Don’t overthink it. Prediction: Penn State -3.5

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