Staff Predictions: No. 7 Penn State vs. Delaware

Who’s ready for another weekend with Penn State football? The season is in full swing after the Nittany Lions took care of business last week against West Virginia.

Delaware is on deck for Penn State and is rolling off a 37-13 victory over Stony Brook. James Franklin’s team is largely predicted to come out on top Saturday, and our staffers are confident the blue and white will start 2-0.

Matt Brown (1-0): Penn State 48, Delaware 13

The Nittany Lions had quite the showing in week one, defeating West Virginia 38-15. It was an impressive showing led by Drew Allar, who threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns. This week’s matchup against the Blue Hens should be a dominant performance once again from Allar and Co.

Delaware is far from Penn State’s level, and the Nittany Lions will prove that in blowout fashion Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Folks, this game could get very ugly very fast.

Rico Gore (1-0): Penn State 47, Delaware 3

It will be 31-0 at half. The second strings will come in near the end of the second quarter and play the rest of the game.

Expect Drew Allar to be touched zero times. Expect Beau Pribula to score at least one touchdown. Expect Penn State to kick field goals when it should probably just go for it.

It is Delaware, and although it is good in its own right, it’s still an FCS team. Penn State should dominate. Penn State is going to use this as an opportunity to clean up some areas from its game against WVU.

CJ Gill (1-0): Penn State 49, Delaware 3

Sorry Delaware fans, but this one won’t be close for very long.

Coming off a strong week one performance, Drew Allar and Co. will score at will against the Blue Hens Saturday. I expect multiple Nittany Lions to have big days on both sides of the ball, fine-tuning their skills before their week three matchup with Illinois.

Aidan Conrad (1-0): Penn State 52, Delaware 7

Penn State will have no worries in its week two FCS matchup. I expect Drew Allar to pick up where he left off last Saturday against. West Virginia and see some action from Beau Pribula in the second half. This is the type of game where we will see Nick Singleton have his signature to-the-house touchdown.

My most significant thing to look for in this game is to see improvement from our defensive line stopping the run. Delaware’s Marcus Yarns ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns in week one, so it will be no small task.

Brady Miller (1-0): Penn State 56, Delaware 10

Delaware looked good in its week one outing against Stony Brook. Ryan O’Connor threw for 346 yards and a touchdown, while Marcus Yarns ran for another 107 with two scores.

The matchup of the game will be to see if the Nittany Lion defensive front can stop Yarns after some evident growing pains last week.

I believe they’ll figure it out. The Nittany Lions won’t surrender more than one touchdown to the Blue Hens, and Drew Allar will continue to grow and throw for multiple touchdowns after a great performance last week.

Brendan Wagner (1-0): Penn State 49, Delaware 0

This one won’t be close. Sell those tickets, hang out at the tailgate, and enjoy your Saturday. A relentless Penn State offense will score at will as the Nittany Lion defense will let up no more than 250 yards in the game.

Nolan Wick (1-0): Penn State 52, Delaware 14

Penn State should have no problems defeating Delaware in its last tune-up game of the season. Drew Allar, Nick Singleton, and all the other starters will have a great first half before James Franklin puts in the second and third strings in the second half. Beau Pribula legacy game, anyone?

CJ Doebler (1-0): Penn State 48, Delaware 10

Even with the 325-yard passing performance last week, Drew Allar will take the offense to new heights Saturday. Playing a defense that isn’t quite as strong as what Penn State saw last week should provide Allar opportunities to fine-tune the passing game before a date with Illinois next week.

The Nittany Lions need a stronger presence from the offensive line on Saturday to get Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen the chance to break big runs and jump into midseason form early. I expect to see more participation from Beau Pribula and the rest of the twos on Saturday, but I think the Nittany Lions can use a big win to carry momentum into the heart of the season.

Joe Lister (1-0): Penn State 52, Delaware 10

This story has been told a million times before. Penn State plays an FCS team, runs up the score in the first half, throws its second-stringers in for the second half, and scores a few more touchdowns while allowing one to its opponent.

The Nittany Lions have an easy win coming up against Delaware, and they should take the chance to trounce the Fightin’ Blue Hens (although maybe I’m just salty my mom wanted me to go there).

Keeley Lamm (1-0): Penn State 48, Delaware 7

I’ll never bet against the Nittany Lions. 

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