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Staff Predictions: No. 11 Penn State vs. Rutgers

Penn State football walloped Maryland 30-0 last Saturday, preserving its chances at a New Year’s Six bid.

Sean Clifford became Penn State’s all-time leading passer, passing Trace McSorley with 10,023 yards. Nick Singleton racked up 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 11 carries. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s unit sacked opposing quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa seven times as the Nittany Lions strolled to a No. 11 spot in the CFP rankings.

This week, they travel to face off with Rutgers — a team that hasn’t beat the Nittany Lions in 34 years. Our staffers unanimously expect the historical dominance to continue come Saturday.

Rico Gore (4-0): Penn State 40, Rutgers 3

The season isn’t dead. Penn State still has a lot to fight for, and a 10-2 season is still very impressive. For this reason, I don’t think you’re going to see Penn State back off the pedal at all. That fight is simply going to be taken out on a piss-poor Rutgers team this week. Enjoy the game, folks.

Mikey DeAngelis (7-3): Penn State 43, Rutgers 10

After Penn State’s dominant win against Maryland, I feel fairly confident the Nittany Lions can handle Rutgers fairly easily. I think shutting out Big Ten opponents two weeks in a row isn’t feasible, but I know that Penn State will run away with this one.

Nolan Wick (9-1): Penn State 45, Rutgers 13

There’s no reason to think Rutgers will pose a challenge for Penn State. The Nittany Lions are playing good football right now, and the Scarlet Knights have only won one Big Ten game this season. Expect another afternoon of watching the ground game thrive, a lockdown defense, and plenty of Drew Allar in the second half.

Adam Babetski (6-3): Penn State 42, Rutgers 10

It’s pretty well known at this point that Penn State is 42-3 all-time against Maryland, but the Nittany Lions have been just as dominant against Rutgers, boasting a 30-2 record. The Nittany Lions have shown they can handle inferior teams this year, and whether or not Sean Clifford or Drew Allar gets most of the reps won’t factor into the final score. Don’t expect the loss column to change on Saturday.

Joe Lister (9-0): Penn State 38, Rutgers 14

Penn State is two games away from winning out after its loss to Ohio State, and after its performance against Maryland, it’s hard to see the team slowing down.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Drew Allar in this game by the third quarter. Maryland has been a better team this season than the Scarlet Knights, and after the manhandling of last weekend, Penn State can wrap this game up quickly. Could we see another student section takeover?

Brady Miller (5-1): Penn State 44, Rutgers 13

Penn State’s defense was dominant last week, sacking Taulia Tagovailoa seven times and holding the Terrapins to only 134 total yards.

I expect the Nittany Lions to have another great showing Saturday against the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers doesn’t have much firepower on the offensive side of the ball and won’t be able to keep up with Penn State in this one.

Although the Scarlet Knights put up a fight against Michigan State last week, I expect a very one-sided contest here, with the Nittany Lions getting out in front early and never giving the Scarlet Knights a chance.

CJ Gill (4-1): Penn State 42, Rutgers 9

This will be an easy game for Penn State against a weaker Rutgers team. I expect another big day from the freshman running backs and that stifling defense. I’m also interested to see how James Franklin handles the freshmen in this game, as a few are inching closer to burning redshirts.

Luke Brown (5-1): Penn State 41, Rutgers 17

The last time Penn State lost to Rutgers was in 1988. This Saturday, an upset would be even more of a surprise than it was 34 years ago.

A win streak of 14 straight games against the Scarlet Knights should extend this Saturday with few-to-no problems. As Sean Clifford counts down his days as Penn State’s QB1, I’m looking forward to him taking advantage of every down and leaving nothing on the table.

Aidan Conrad (4-2): Penn State 38, Rutgers 17

Penn State will win in dominating fashion again this weekend to pick up its ninth win of the season. This win can push the Nittany Lions into the top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings and help cement them as a New Year’s Six team, with one game to go against Michigan State.

Matt Brown (9-1): Penn State 40, Rutgers 14

Coming off what is arguably their most impressive win of the season, the Nittany Lions need to keep the train moving, and this week’s opponent shouldn’t be a difficult one. Rutgers has been the laughingstock of the Big Ten ever since it joined in 2014. The Scarlet Knights have only played in two bowl games since joining the conference and must beat Penn State to even have a chance at getting to a third one.

Sadly for Rutgers fans, I think there is no way Penn State will lose the game this weekend. I believe the outstanding rushing duo of Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen will continue again this Saturday, as well as the recent string of impressive defensive showings. If Rutgers puts up more than 20 points in this game, I would be disappointed with this team.

Frankie Marzano (8-2): Penn State 48, Rutgers 10

This shouldn’t be a competitive game, and it won’t be. There’s not much to say here except that I believe Penn State will dominate the Scarlet Knights, as it should.

Sam Fremin (9-1): Penn State 37, Rutgers 3

It’s Rutgers. Penn State’s offense is too explosive and its defense is too talented. Don’t overthink this.

Ryan Parsons (7-3): Penn State 44, Rutgers 14

Sing us a song, you’re the Schianoman! Sing us a song at 3:30 p.m. We’re all in the mood for a blowout, and you’ve got us feeling alright.

Gabe Angieri (10-0): Penn State 45, Rutgers 10

Sean Clifford: two quarters
Drew Allar: one and a half quarters
Christian Veilleux: half a quarter

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