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Final Score Prediction: 31-27, Alabama
Even though the College GameDay crew will be in Michigan this week, the real marquee game will be played in University Park, Pa.
Playing in front of their home crowd, coach Joe Paterno and his Penn State Nittany Lions will be trying to defeat a top-five team for the first time since 1999, and they have a pretty decent shot at doing it.
Alabama and Penn State both won their season openers easily, so this will be their first true test of the season. Also, both teams are still trying to decide on an official starter at the quarterback position.
For Alabama, the job seems to be in sophomore A.J. McCarron's hands. McCarron started the season opener for the Crimson Tide and threw for 226 yards, a touchdown and, unfortunately, two interceptions.
Alabama also gave redshirt freshman Phillip Sims an opportunity to display his talent, but he also threw two interceptions. Sims finished the game with 73 yards and no touchdowns.
Penn State split time evenly between sophomore Rob Bolden and junior Matt McGloin. Bolden started the game and finished 6-of-12 for 37 yards. McGloin started the second quarter and finished 6-of-8 for 77 yards.
Paterno said both would likely see time again this week against Alabama, but it's Penn State's rushing attack that really won the game against FCS school Indiana State. The Lions ran for 245 yards in the game and were led by sophomore Silas Redd, who finished with 12 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
The big story in this game will be Penn State's rushing attack against Alabama's defense. Alabama actually gave up negative 23 rushing yards last week. Granted, Kent State is a different team than Penn State, but the Tide still proved their defense is one of the best in the country.
If Penn State can score and get a few stops, it'll be in a good position to win the game, but Alabama's defense and balanced offensive attack will be just enough to get the Tide through a tough game.
Alabama wins, but it's close.