Staff Predictions: The Blue White Game
Once every year, Penn State Football faces an equally mighty and worthy foe: the Nittany Lions in the school’s annual spring game. Both teams are undefeated in Blue White Game appearances, setting the stage for a heavyweight title fight for the ages. Our writers voiced their opinions and shared their predictions for this weekend’s clash.
Lexi Shimkonis | Winner: Penn State
Okay so maybe I don’t know much about football, but I have a good feeling about tomorrow. If I was a betting woman, I’d be taking out a loan to put money on the annual spring game. This year, the Blue White Game is, in my opinion, an easy victory for Penn State. The Nittany Lions will face a mighty opponent in their Blue White foe, but ultimately superior play and a home-field advantage will put the Lions on top. Penn State is undefeated when it comes to the Blue White Game, and I see this year turning out no different. I also predict that the stands will remain relatively bare for most of the game as the majority of fans will opt to stay at their tailgates to enjoy reuniting with friends, family, and the gameday atmosphere — the lack of rain that 2015 Penn State football has become known for will be enough to keep fans mildly sunburnt and perfectly tipsy, the perfect combination for celebrating a no-brainer Penn State victory.
David Abruzzese | Winner: Penn State
Penn State might’ve gone 7-6 in 2015, and while Christian Hackenberg’s departure makes the coming season a bit more daunting, I’m confident this team has the tools to pull out a much needed spring victory. Why am I trusting Penn State? Who knows. But I can tell you one thing for certain; there’s nothing quite like a home game in Beaver Stadium, and everyone understands the difficult nature of beating Penn State at home. Sure, it’s only spring ball, but a win’s a win. Trace McSorely will come out guns blazing as he puts the Lions on top in commanding fashion. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re about to go 1-0 this week.
Sara Civian | Winner: Penn State
Though my forte comes on the ice rather than the football field, I know a good team when I see one. There’s something about this Penn State team that just clicks, which is why I see a victory on the horizon. I think this game will be more ground-based, but the Lions will find a way to grind it out nonetheless. Really, it’s what Joe would’ve wanted; a spring game victory on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It might not be Pegula, but Beaver Stadium will be rocking, and these fans will leave satisfied.
Alex Bauer | Winner: Penn State
It looks like we will have quite the barn-burner on our hands tomorrow, folks. Penn State will face its toughest opponent yet versus Penn State. The Nittany Lions run game has shown some enthusiastic potential recently, which may be the answer to overcoming the elite Penn State defense, since stopping the rush is one of the few areas where Penn State’s defense has suffered. Penn State recently parted ways with star quarterback Christian Hackenberg, which, at first, may appear to be an advantage toward the opposing Nittany Lions, but Penn State would be wise to fear the potential that has been growing in Penn State’s likely-starting quarterback Trace McSorley. Both teams will be coming off of a bitter bowl game loss tomorrow and looking to get back on their feet for the upcoming season this fall.
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