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.
Penn State has played Eastern Michigan twice, and those two meetings paint a pretty clear picture of what to expect on Saturday in the home opener at Beaver Stadium. At their last meeting in 2011, Penn State had one of its biggest win of the season, defeating Eastern Michigan 34-6 behind a strong three touchdown performance from Matt McGloin.