Penn State Opens As a 22-Point Favorite vs. Buffalo

By Matt de Bear on September 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Aug 31, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Brenton Strange (86) celebrates with quarterback Will Levis (7) after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Idaho Vandals at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Idaho 79-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Fresh off of a 79-7 victory over the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Penn State is quickly turning its attention to a week two visit from the Buffalo Bulls. The Nittany Lions open the week as a 22-point favorite over the visitors from New York.

The Bulls will arrive in Happy Valley 1-0 themselves after knocking off Robert Morris 38-10 on Thursday night to open their season. With quarterback Tyree Johnson electing to forego his final season, Lance Leipold turned to the ground game in week one. Led by Jarret Patterson and Kevin Marks, Buffalo put up 285 yards on the ground and three scores. Redshirt freshman Matt Myers got the start at quarterback, going just 5-of-10 for 69 yards, but also two touchdowns.

Penn State will be looking to build upon an impressive opening victory with a step up in competition from the FCS Vandals to the MAC Bulls. Buffalo's ground game will be a good early test for the Lions defensive front that was more than stout against Idaho's rushing attack.

The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, with Fox having the TV coverage.

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