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Penn State football odds are available all season long, starting in the months leading up to the regular season in late August. Penn State is one of seven teams in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA’s Division I along with Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Rutgers. Penn State football plays its home games at Beaver Stadium. Until 1893, Penn State teams participated in sporting events on Old Main lawn, a large grassy area in front of the primary classroom building of the time. Beaver Field, a 500-seat structure located behind the current site of the Osmond Building, was the first permanent home for Penn State's football team. In 1909, New Beaver Field opened and served as Penn State's stadium until 1960, when the entire 30,000 seat stadium was dismantled and moved to the east end of campus, reassembled and expanded to 46,284 seats—the lower half of the current facility—and dubbed Beaver Stadium. Today, Beaver Stadium is one of only two football stadiums in the nation, along with Michigan Stadium, with capacity over 105,000.
Penn State football has won two consensus national championships, in 1982 and 1986. Penn State capped off the first of those two national championships with a 27–23 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1983. Georgia came into the game undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation with Penn State entering the game with one loss and ranked No. 2. In the first quarter, Penn State running back Curt Warner scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and the Nittany Lions led 7–0. He finished the game with 117 yards rushing. Georgia got on the board in the first quarter following a 27-yard field goal from Kevin Butler to make it 7–3.
In the second quarter, Nick Gancitano kicked a 38-yard field goal to put the Nittany Lions atop 10–3. Warner added a 9-yard touchdown run, and Gancitano a 45-yard field goal for Penn State to take a commanding 20–3 lead. Bulldog quarterback John Lastinger threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Herman Archie to cut the margin to 20–10 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Georgia running back Herschel Walker scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, cutting the margin to 20–17. Penn State responded in the fourth quarter with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Todd Blackledge to wide receiver Gregg Garrity to give Penn State a 27–17 lead. Lastinger threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Kay to close the margin to 27–23, the final score.
Penn State capped off its 1986 national championship with a 14–10 win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 1987. Miami came into the game undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation with Penn State entering the game undefeated and ranked No. 2. Miami had outscored their opponents during the season 420–136 and had held the No. 1 ranking since handing reigning champion Oklahoma its only loss in the fourth week of the season. Miami vastly out gained Penn State on the field, 445 yards to 162, with 22 first downs compared to Penn State’s eight. Miami was ultimately undone by seven turnovers, including five interceptions thrown by the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Vinny Testaverde.