With two national titles and four Big Ten Championships to its name, the Penn State Nittany Lions football program is coming off a year where it captured its first conference title under James Franklin. Known for tradition, Beaver Stadium, and Joe Paterno, the program is a point of pride in the community after the team persevered following harsh NCAA sanctions that eliminated wins and placed scholarship reductions on the program. The team will try to make even more strides with Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley leading the charge for the 2017 season.
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Entrance procedures to Beaver Stadium were changed during the off season and dramatically improved the Gate A experience for students.
Iowa ended No. 3 Penn State’s bid for a national title during the 2008 slate and opened the door for the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten title run last season by taking down No. 3 Michigan.
“I was at the game a few years ago when Elliott and Barkley shared the same field,” the fifth NFL executive said. “As impressive as Elliott was, Barkley was the better player. They have similar skill sets but Barkley is better in every area.”
Ahead of the upcoming nine-game conference slate, we took a glimpse at each of the opponents on Penn State’s schedule and how much of a threat they’ll be to derail the Nittany Lions hopes of another Big Ten title and possible College Football Playoff run.
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Penn State put up 8 touchdowns on Saturday, helping raise money for the rare disease community in the process.
Penn State’s young talent was on display against Georgia State, but it wasn’t all for show. These players gained meaningful game reps ahead of Big Ten conference play.
The Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents 141-14 through the first three games of the season.
The Nittany Lions are aware of their stature in the grand scheme of college football at the moment, but that is not the focus as tougher challenges are ahead in Big Ten play.
Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley led the Nittany Lions (3-0) to an emphatic rout of Georgia State Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.
Ahead of this matchup, here’s all the media and miscellaneous information you’ll need:
Our sports staff doesn’t see Georgia State posing much of a threat to the Nittany Lions.
For the next couple years, the Nittany Lions, much like the rest of the Big Ten, will have the same formula to their schedule — one matchup with a Power Five school and a pair of games with the lower tier of FBS (if the fans are even that lucky).
Penn State football’s Uplifting Athlete’s chapter is collecting donations per touchdown against Georgia State. So, if James Franklin runs up the score, know the decision isn’t unsportsmanlike.
The Nittany Lions will have five conference home games in 2020 (Northwestern, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Maryland) and four conference home games in 2021 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Rutgers).
After the Detroit Lions placed him on injured reserve prior to the start of the season for a torn bicep, former Penn State defensive lineman Jordan Hill returns to the state this year where he originally made his name.