Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Maryland

Penn State football (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) will try to snap its three-game losing streak when it takes on Maryland (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) in College Park this weekend.

The Nittany Lions lost a hard-fought battle to Ohio State 33-24 last week. Maryland, on the other hand, snuck by Indiana with a 38-35 victory.

Despite Penn State’s recent lackluster play, most of our staff is expecting James Franklin’s squad to leave Maryland with a win.

Samuel Brungo (5-3): Penn State 34, Maryland 10

Penn State is a top-25 team — hell, top-10 in my opinion. The Nittany Lions will come out with the same “sleep on us, we don’t care, we came to win” mentality they took to Columbus. State by 24.

Frankie Marzano (5-3): Maryland 38, Penn State 34

This season is officially over. It’s time for the Nittany Lions to go ahead and #TankForDrewAllar.

Alex Petersen (2-2): Penn State 24, Maryland 23

Penn State has lost three in a row now, and I’m not entirely confident it will be able to keep the streak from reaching four. The game against Ohio State was promising, especially on defense, but there are still so many categories in which this team lacks.

Nolan Wick (5-2): Penn State 31, Maryland 10

Being a Marylander myself and former Terps fan, I would be absolutely shell shocked (no pun intended) if Penn State lost this game. Penn State is the better team and looks to have returned to form given its performance at Ohio State last week, despite losing. But it’s not just that. Maryland never shows up for games against ranked Big Ten teams, especially Penn State, as the Nittany Lions hold a 40-3-1 record against Maryland.

Let’s remember that two-thirds of Maryland’s wins against Penn State came during the brunt of a pandemic and NCAA sanctions. Expect Penn State to bring hell to the shell, as Penn State will dominate on both sides of the ball.

Adam Babetski (4-0): Penn State 31, Maryland 17

Unlike the football team and the rest of the staff, I have not had a bad month because I’ve simply forgotten to make predictions for the football games. I have played a cupcake schedule when it comes to predictions this year, and I intend to stay undefeated.

Records aside, this should not be a hard game, but it may end up being one. Penn State is lifeless and really can’t claim to be better than Maryland at this point, but its talent advantage will be enough to drag them to an uninspiring win.

Mikey DeAngelis (5-1): Penn State 38, Maryland 17

I hope that the Nittany Lions can rack up the points this Saturday at Maryland, but unfortunately, this team has been playing too inconsistently for me to predict a blowout. If Penn State plays as it did at Ohio State, it’ll be a fun game to end the losing streak. However, with a distracted coach and morale low, I don’t know exactly what to expect from this game.

Charles Reinert (7-1): Penn State 35, Maryland 14

This is a big, big game for the Nittany Lions. Currently on a three-game skid, Penn State needs to take care of business this week to get back the respect lost after three straight losses. Luckily, I think this is the week Penn State finally bounces back. I wrote last week Penn State was dead in the water, but there may be some fight left in James Franklin’s squad. Great teams rally during hard times. Let’s see if this truly is a great team this week.

Devon Craley (4-1): Penn State 33, Maryland 24

Penn State enters the back-end of its season struggling mightily after losing three straight to Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio State. After being ranked as high as No. 4 in the AP Top-25 Poll, the Nittany Lions now find themselves unranked in the first College Football Playoff rankings. With the playoffs and Big Ten championship hopes out the window, these last few games give the Nittany Lions a chance to improve their bowl status, and to gain momentum going into the offseason.

Maryland doesn’t present the kind of challenges that teams like Iowa and Ohio State present, but the Terrapins are 5-3 on the season and have shown flashes of quality football. However, I do expect Penn State to continue its run of dominance over Maryland and end its losing streak.

Gabe Angieri (5-3): Penn State 42, Maryland 20

Penn State is not losing to Maryland. In fact, I guarantee the Nittany Lions will win (shout out, Broadway Joe Namath).

A strong day from Sean Clifford and the rest of the Nittany Lions’ offense will propel the team to snap its three-game losing streak. Penn State still may not be able to run the ball, but Clifford will throw for over 350 yards, and Jahan Dotson will eclipse the 200-yard mark and have three touchdowns.

Brent Pry’s defense will play really well and allow just two touchdowns, one coming in garbage time late in the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions will go into Michigan week with a bit of momentum.

Ryan Parsons (6-2): Penn State 34, Maryland 17

This game has “bounce back” written all over it for Penn State. With a healthy Sean Clifford, I’d expect to see a vengeful and explosive passing attack in play for the Nittany Lions. Look for another big game from Parker Washington and a tuddy from Jahan Dotson.

Defensively, I wouldn’t be surprised if Taulia Tagovailoa give Penn State the same sort of trouble he did last year. Lots of guys stepped up against Ohio State, but it’s hard to say if the momentum will keep building or if we’ll see the defense that let up 350 rushing yards to Illinois. But, at the end of the day, Penn State will pull this one out.

Will Pegler (6-2): Penn State 31, Maryland 13

If Penn State doesn’t finally stop the losing streak here and get its feet back under them, James Franklin and his team have some serious problems.

To be fair, Maryland isn’t a bad team. In fact, the Terrapins also have a 5-3 record after opening the season with four straight victories. However, the Nittany Lions are the better team here, and they proved that by hanging with the Buckeyes last Saturday.

The Terrapins have some firepower on offense, but I see Penn State’s defense reminding everyone just how good it is with a big day Saturday. Along with that, a healthy Sean Clifford balls out with Jahan Dotson, Parker Washington, and even throws a touchdown to one of his tight ends.

The Nittany Lions need a win in the worst way, and they’ll get one in fairly comfortable fashion Saturday in College Park.

Matt DiSanto (5-3): Penn State 34, Maryland 21

At some point, something’s gotta give for Penn State. Let this matchup be the get-right win the Nittany Lions have been searching for.

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