No. 21 Penn State 6-1 (3-0) is looking to improve their ranking and add to the woes of the Northwestern Wildcats 2-4 (0-3) who have lost four straight.
Who: No. 21 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1, 3-0) Vs. Northwestern Wildcats (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten)
Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
When: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV Information: Tom Hart and Derek Rackley are on the call. Lisa Byington is doing sideline coverage. Big Ten Network.
Spread: Penn State by 3.
Last game: Penn State held on to beat the Boilermakers of Purdue 23-18 in Happy Valley, staying undefeated in the Big Ten. Northwestern lost 41-31 on the road at Iowa. The Wildcats have lost four straight.
Last season: Penn State beat Northwestern 35-21 in Happy Valley behind four TD passes by Matt McGloin and another 100-yard effort by RB Evan Royster. Northwestern QB Dan Persa had over 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the loss.
Key absences: TE Garry Gilliam, DE Pete Massaro, LB Michael Mauti, RB Pat Zerbe all have knee injuries and are listed as out. WR Derek Moye is listed as out with a foot injury. For Northwestern, sophomore WR Tony Jones is listed as doubtful. He has yet to play this year. RB Jacob Schmidt is listed as doubtful. RB Scott Concannon is out with a hip injury. Offensive lineman Doug Bartels is also out with an injured shoulder.