Rose Bowl Victory Would Cement Biggest Season in New Era of PSU Football


The Penn State Nittany Lions stand on the doorstep of the most important game of their modern era after an incredible season that will forever go down in the history books. Sitting at 2-2 after the first four games, even the most loyal of fans could not have possibly imagined that they would be ranked #5 at the end of the season, just one slot short of the 2016 College Football Playoff.

They will star in the Rose Bowl, which will take place in the late-afternoon and evening of Monday, January 2. PSU will square off against USC, and the location suggests that it is basically a home game for the Trojans.

But Penn State coach James Franklin has encouraged the masses who are going to make the massive cross-country trip to come dressed in all-white, which will clearly delineate the Lions supporters from those from the Men of Troy.

As far as the numbers go, this is expected to be a high-scoring affair. The Trojans won the final eight games of their season, exactly like the Nittany Lions did. But Penn State finished their epic run with a dramatic 38-31 victory in the Big-10 Championship in Indianapolis.

The keys to this game will lie in just how effective a handful of stud defenders from USC are able to be. The squad has a defensive lineman, a linebacker and a defensive back who are all expected to go on the top two rounds of next year’s NFL Draft, and they will clearly have plenty of time to game plan for the Penn State attack.

Once again, the gravity of the game will likely fall upon the sturdy shoulders of sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley, who will look to get the team out to a hot start. PSU has trailed in so many games this season going into the half, but they have absolutely dominated the second half this year, including a historic run over the last month and a half.

That is a testament to amazing coaching, which just might be enough to propel the storybook squad to victory on the second day of 2017. Las Vegas currently has Penn State as a 6 ½ point underdog.



Nittany Lions Wager Everything in Final Showdown against Spartans


Okay. Even the most devout PSU fan could not have predicted they would end up at 9-2 after beginning the year 2-2. They now stand on the doorstep of running the board over the course of their final eight games, which would likely propel them into the top six teams in all of college football.

But let us not get ahead of ourselves. The Michigan State Spartans are a formidable squad ready to disrupt if not destroy the hopes of talented and ambitious squads this season. It is true that the feisty group out of East Lansing is 3-8 this season and 1-7 in the Big 10. But this makes them as dangerous as the day is long after they almost ruined Ohio State’s season this past Saturday.

A quick look at the numbers shows that the Nittany Lions have some advantages. Michigan State has the 74th-ranked offense in all of college football, and Penn State has the 22nd -ranked defense. This means that the boys in navy blue and white will likely be able to work their magic on the defensive side of the football, while super sophomores Trace McSorley and Saquan Berkeley do their thing on offense.

Both squads boast a top-30 overall-ranked defense. The first team to 20 points will likely win this affair, and 30 points will secure victory nine out of 10 times, according to mathematical probabilities. Penn State is a 12-point favorite in Vegas as of press time.

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Penn State Shutout of Rutgers Increases Nittany Lions National Prestige


The Penn State Nittany Lions once again utilized an amazing second half of offensive production to dispatch of an opponent, defeating Rutgers in New Jersey by a score of 39-0.

The dominant victory was the seventh consecutive win by the James Franklin-coached squad that has officially stamped their mark as one of the best college football squads in the nation.

The statistics on offense were not incredibly impressive given the numerical outcome, but the Nittany Lions defense turned in a historic performance.

Rutgers gained just 59 yards through the air and 40 yards on the ground, meaning that Penn State held them to 99 yards in total. Keeping a team from advancing less than an entire football field over the course of 60 minutes is indeed a noteworthy accomplishment. Six different players carried the ball for a Rutgers squad that came into the game hoping to at least keep things competitive, but the end result was disappointing and entirely unproductive

Sophomore running back SaQuan Barkley garnered 92 yards via 16 rushing attempts and crossed the line once. PSU is now 9-2 on the year and awaiting the official rankings to be released later this week.

Fans are daring to look forward to the final week of the season and a possible top-six ranking.

This would mean that Penn State is involved in a major bowl game for the first time since major disruptions took place in the sacred ground known as Happy Valley. With a victory against Michigan State next week, everyone can dare to dream big.

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PSU Expected to Continue Impressive Winning Streak at Rutgers


The Penn State Nittany Lions are ranked #8 overall, according to the Associated Press Week 11 standings. This is amazing – and plenty of motivation for fans to be excited – although savvy fans can only wonder what the ranking may be had they prevailed on the second Saturday in September at Pittsburgh.

Nonetheless, this is going to be an amazing year by any standards. An upcoming game at Rutgers will be the second road game in a row for the feisty squad that has put up an average of 39.9 points over the course of the last six games.

The offense has been unleashed by way of running back Saquan Berkeley and quarterback Trace McSorley. Penn State is a four-touchdown favorite in Las Vegas, meaning that they are expected to coast to victory in New Jersey. McSorley threw two interceptions last week, but an entirely vulnerable Scarlet Knights secondary might open up avenues for the sophomore to show off his strong arm and, at times, razor-sharp accuracy.

The “hostile” territory is less than 300 miles away, meaning that plenty of State College fans will be in attendance during an important game that could go a long way toward a major bowl game.

Rutgers has the 127th-ranked offense in the FBS, and the 94th-ranked defense. Simply put, the Nittany Lions should be able to roar as loud as they have any time this year throughout a Saturday evening underneath the stars in New Jersey.

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Penn State versus Iowa Has Quickly Becoming Huge Conference Showdown


The Nittany Lions will return home to Happy Valley on the wings of a four-game winning streak after having trounced Purdue in Indiana. They face an Iowa Hawkeyes squad that is 5-3 on the year and extremely hungry for a victory that would keep their hopes of entering a respectable bowl game intact.

State has as much confidence as they have had in nearly a decade after knocking off Ohio State two Saturdays ago and scoring 62 points on the road this past weekend. The offense is clicking, and running back Saquon Berkeley is quickly running himself into Heisman Trophy contention. Sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley is coming along far more quicker than former quarterback Christian Hackenberg did to this point in his career, and that has also bode well for a team that is clearly hitting their stride.

Iowa is always a gritty team that very rarely loses a game by more than a touchdown. They have coaching that knows how to matchup against opponents and neutralize their strengths while exploiting their weaknesses.

It is actually no secret that the Hawkeyes will be loading the box and hoping to shut down Barkley at the line of scrimmage, forcing McSorley into a situation where he will have to throw far more than his typical number of passes. McSorley has only thrown more than 27 passes once over the last six games after averaging 33 passes per game through the first two.

But all signs indicate that he is ready to do just that. The 6′ 0″ Virginia native can really put his name into the minds of NFL scouts with a solid performance against an always stout Iowa defense this weekend. The Nittany Lions are an eight point favorite in this game, a clear nod to just how far they have come over the course of the last month and a half.

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