The Navy Midshipmen and Penn State Nittany Lions take the field on Saturday to see which team is truly in worse shape.
Navy is a solid minus-40 after just one game with Notre Dame, while Penn State is—well, you know about Penn State's problems.
No team ever wants to lose, but it's hard to imagine any games this weekend with both squads in more dire situations than Ken Niumatalolo and Bill O'Brien's.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know about this one.
When: Saturday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Betting Line: Georgia Tech (-5.5), according to Covers
Navy Injuries (via USA Today)
OL Chris Johnson, Knee, Questionable
WR Matt Aiken, Knee, Questionable
T Evan Campbell, Ankle, Out
Penn State Injuries (via USA Today)
WR Jonathan Warner, Undisclosed, Questionable
T Bill Belton, Ankle, Questionable
What's At Stake?
Penn State might need a win more than any other school in the country. The Nittany Lions had an offseason not even Stephen King could dream up, and after an 0-2 start the regular season, things could soon get ugly.
Bill O'Brien's squad, thanks to some—understatement alert!—flawed kicking by Sam Ficken, dropped its second-straight game with a disappointing 17-16 loss at Virginia.
The Nittany Lions, at least according to the record books, have still yet to win a game since 1997. Oh goodness, how they need a win.
Navy, conveniently enough, is a good team to host for a school needing a victory so desperately. The Midshipmen are coming off a 50-10 shellacking from Notre Dame and appear to be even worse than last year's team, which went 5-7 and failed to make a bowl for the first time in nine years.
These are two teams with the arrow pointing way down.
Navy Player to Watch: Trey Miller, QB
There weren't a lot of positives from Navy's Week 1 beatdown courtesy of Notre Dame, but Trey Miller was the Midshipmen's sunshine on a cloudy day.
The talented young junior completed 14-of-19 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception, which was good enough to net him a QB rating of 165.4.
Navy's running game didn't look bad, but it's clear that Ken Niumatalolo will put the ball in Miller's hands to make as many plays as he can handle.
Penn State Player to Watch: Michael Mauti, LB
Whatever games Penn State manages to win this year will be fueled by its defense.
The defense is fueled by senior linebacker Michael Mauti.
Mauti has already racked up 21 total tackles through two games, he forced a key fumble against Virginia and has looked like an absolute terror for opposing offenses.
He's a good bet for First-Team All-Conference pick, and he'll continue to show that against Navy on Saturday.
It's hard to bet on either one of these teams right now, but if not for a horrendous special teams showing last Saturday, Penn State would be 1-1 and not reeling quite as bad.
The Nittany Lions are at home and have the defense to make up for what their offense lacks.
Navy 13, Penn State 24
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