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Epic Michigan vs Penn State Battle Could be 2013 Game of the Year

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Epic Michigan vs Penn State Battle Could be 2013 Game of the Year

The mighty Michigan Wolverines have been climbing the ranks of the oh-so-important AP Poll and have even entertained dreams of tossing their hat into the BCS Bowl picture. These hopes were thrown a curveball this past Saturday in Happy Valley as the Penn State Nittany Lions figured out a way to prevail 43 – 40 in a game that featured four overtimes and all sorts of memories that were immediately etched into the minds of fans of both talented programs.

Michigan only had one legitimate scare on their schedule to this point while racking up a 5 – 0 record that included a victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. A road game at Penn State is no walk in the park, especially when the gigantic fan base and all ticket holders collaborate to create a “White Out.” This occurs when everybody in the stadium agrees to wear a white T-shirt, and several thousand fans ramped it up a level by also donning white pants or a white hat. The result was an environment that was quite intimidating to a Michigan Wolverines team that is one of the most galvanized in the nation when it comes to playing in bitter environments.

Michigan scored 10 points in the first quarter but ended up going into halftime trailing 21 – 10. 17 third-quarter points put them back in the driver’s seat before the teams exchanged punches in the fourth quarter and ended up going into overtime tied at 34. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg continued to perform impressively considering he is a true freshman, and he ended up passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Wolverines wide receiver Devon Funchess is a fan favorite, and for good reason. He once again put together an astounding performance highlighted by two touchdowns in just four receptions for 112 yards. The 28-yard-per-catch average is an unprecedented total that immediately gained him entry into the Michigan football history books.

The home crowd was noticeably weary that Michigan could win in overtime and waltz back to Ann Arbor with a huge road win. The teams exchanged defensive jabs while holding the opposing offenses scoreless throughout the first frame. Each offense managed only a field goal in the second overtime, and the game officially entered the phase where both teams were forced to go for two-point conversions following touchdowns.

Amazingly, neither team scored in the third overtime period, prompting a fourth overtime that came on the heels of six consecutive possessions that began from only 25 yards away from the goal line but did not result in any touchdowns. After Michigan put a field goal on the board and felt good about their chances to win a three-point game, Penn State finally marched the ball down to the goal line before Bill Belton –who carried the ball only two times throughout the entire matchup to this point – scored from 2 yards out to give Penn State a well-earned and very memorable 43 – 40 victory.

2013 Where Is Penn State University

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2013 Where Is Penn State University

Pennsylvania State University is a large and illustrious institution that has nearly 45,000 students enrolled on its main campus. Stationed in the city of University Park, it is very near the geographical center point of the large state of Pennsylvania. The campus is highly accessible from all major metropolises along the Eastern Seaboard and is within a few hundred miles of inland cities such as Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

Every year, tens of thousands of people make the trip to Penn State in order to bear witness to one or more football games, which are basically national holidays in the region. The proud and large fan base has been cheering the Nittany Lions to victory for decades, and the team is beginning to come together and take shape for another run at a National Championship.

Visitors to the campus will weave through the beautiful meadows and hills surrounding the University on all sides. Folks coming from the east or west will use Interstate 80 to access Interstate 99, which will drop drivers off at a street that can runs directly into campus, such as E. College Ave. Folks coming from the south will use beautiful highway 322 to weave through quaint farming communities such as Lewistown and Milroy before arriving in University Park. Many will be compelled to take a moment to take photographs or video of the beautiful landscape surrounding the city, and the entire area is a hotbed for recreation such as hiking and driving off-road vehicles.

If you’re going to the area to see a Penn State football game, it is a very wise move that you equip yourself with the proper attire. To show up to a Nittany Lions football game without any Penn State gear can make you stand out like a sore thumb, or worse, be mistaken for a fan of the enemy. This problem can easily be solved by paying a visit to the Lion and Cub Clothing Store, an establishment that has become an institution on campus and a favorite of students, alumni and fans.

After shopping for the best Penn State merchandise, you may certainly become hungry, and College Avenue presents a wide variety of options. If you’re in the mood for good breakfast, stop by the Waffle Shop. The waffles that are produced at this place are truly works of art, and making your way through an entire one is a challenge. The Corner Room is always packed at lunchtime, and for good reason. The establishment offers some of the tastiest classic combinations in town, and low prices keep the locals coming back.

Anybody will be able to get a quality dinner at The Tavern, a down-home place that represents a true slice of the culture and style of University Park. Even though all these establishments have their “regulars,” all are very comfortable environments where visitors from any state in the nation will feel welcome.

After walking around and enjoying a few sights, a sweet tooth might certainly kick in, which means it’s time to head over to The Diner for a grilled sticky. This bread-based pastry is loaded with and coated with some of the stickiest and most savory sugars before it is topped off with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. It’s a very substantial treat and a meal in its own right. At the end of a long day of eating and having fun, one grilled sticky can be shared with several friends.

While visiting University Park, it will be become clear which spots are the student’s favorite places all around town, and these are usually the places where the best deals and items can be found. Another great dessert spot is The Creamery, and is conveniently located on campus, so folks can enjoy a tasty treat only a few minutes after the conclusion of a football game.

One thing that simply has to be done during a visit to University Park is a picture by the historic and iconic Nittany Lion statue. The smooth and sleek work of art encapsulates the attitude of the University and the football team, while providing a beautiful backdrop for people to pose for very memorable photos.

Michigan Versus Penn State: Epic Rivalry Rekindled

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Michigan Versus Penn State: Epic Rivalry Rekindled  

No matter what the specifics are regarding record, rankings and overall relevance, the annual affair between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan Wolverines is a very high-profile and important showdown that draws the attention of two large and passionate fan bases and the entire college football nation.  They are calling for a “White Out” in happy valley.  That means all the Penn State fans will be wearing White Penn State Nittany Lions apparel.

It would be perfect if both squads went into this game undefeated, but the Nittany Lions have lost two games in the beginning half of their 2013 schedule. They were each close battles against Central Florida and Indiana, but PSU still has a lot to prove throughout the rest of a slate that will feature a bundle of well-known and often nationally televised teams.

The Michigan Wolverines are 5 – 0 this season and drawing attention from so-called experts that initially dismissed them as a contender this year. The truth is that the Wolverines have already dispatched of every opponent in their way, including a feisty Connecticut team and a Notre Dame Fighting Irish team that was in the National Championship Game last season. Although they have yet to get the respect of the pollsters who ultimately determine the fate of all college football teams, the Wolverines are obviously a very talented group prepared to fight any team put in front of them for a full 60 minutes.

Both Michigan and Penn State will ante all the chips to the center of the table this Saturday. The Nittany Lions are coming off a game in which they were held scoreless throughout the first quarter before putting a touchdown on the board in the second quarter and scoring 17 points in the second half. Unfortunately, this was nowhere near enough to keep up with an Indiana team that was ready to go from start to finish, scoring in every quarter and bolstering their 44-point total with 23 in the final period.

All indications seem to suggest that Penn State is not quite prepared for a Wolverines team that can move the ball down the field on the ground or through the air. Quarterback Devin Gardner has shown the ability to hook up with receivers whenever he needs to, specifically sophomore tight end Devin Funchess.

Yes, it is true, both a quarterback and his favorite receiver have the same unique first name. A large and passionate Michigan Wolverine fan base is ready to watch the team succeed and achieve a level of greatness that they have not tasted in several years. The Penn State Nittany Lions are hoping to score a landmark victory in order to prove their talents to a large fan base hopeful for a team that can redefine the University as they move forward.

If Michigan is able to win this game, it will set the stage for a series of Big 10 standoffs that will truly define this Wolverines team. Upcoming bouts against Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State will ultimately allow the 2013 version of the Michigan football team to be anywhere between outstanding and ordinary.

Best Places to Eat in University Park, Pennsylvania

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Best Places to Eat in University Park, Pennsylvania

Penn State University rests on a rectangular shaped-slice of land that is tilted a bit eastward, and a large and well-kept campus is alive with activity during every Saturday in the fall when the Nittany Lions football team is in town. Beaver Stadium lies on the northern outskirts of campus and is surrounded by fields and parking lots. An epicenter of food can be found near the southeastern edge of campus, and we have visited the region and conducted extensive research in order to come up with a short list of the best places to eat every meal of the day.

Breakfast – Waffle Shop

It is true that this place only accepts cash, but that might be because they are absolutely “money” when it comes to everything from timely service to tasty food. A line that weaves out of the door of the relatively small establishment is a testament to its popularity, and students, alumni and locals alike enjoy filling up their bellies with down-home egg combinations, waffles, tasty ham and a variety of other early morning staples.

Lunch – Café 210

With two separate high profile outdoor dining areas and dozens of comfortable places to plant yourself before, during or after a Penn State football game on a Saturday, Café 210 is correct in calling itself the place to be seen near the State College campus. There are not a lot of frills to be found inside this three-story building built about a century ago, but the food and drinks continue to please the masses. It is an affordable place to fill up on alcohol, cooked meat and a variety of fried foods. Additionally, it has become a bit of a social hotspot, so those who are interested in experiencing a day in the life of Penn State football on the ground level should go ahead and make a visit to the well-known eatery.

Dinner – The Tavern

The Tavern is one of those establishments that re-creates their menu every single day and features a bevy of specials on any given night. Fortunately, they do not have the nose-in-the-air attitude toward the common customer, and they are ready to greet any type of Penn State football fan with open arms. The prime rib they serve up costs nearly $30, but it comes with a slew of sides and is prepared over the course of a few days using crushed peppercorns and a well-honed marinade starring garlic. Lamb, strip steak, veal cutlet and all sorts of fish can be had here. It is the perfect place to visit if you are in town for a weekend and are interested in experiencing the best of the area. The Hickory Grilled Filet Mignon is the equivalent of the most glorious 80-yard touchdown run you have ever seen.

Dessert – Insomnia Cookies

A bevy of instant love, respect and admiration should be given to a desert place that specializes in cookies and delivers them until 3 AM on any given morning. This place is known for a gigantic cookie that comes in a cardboard box normally used for pizza, which is a clear indication of their devotion to an understanding of the common Penn State football fan in the market for a late-night treat. Chocolate chunk cookies and peanut butter cookies are only a few of the highlights, and the only way you can go wrong is to not pay this place a visit next time you’re in town to see a Penn State football game.