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James Franklin Anticipating Even-Sided Format For Blue-White Game

In 2022, Penn State football’s Blue-White Game returned after a two-year hiatus. The game didn’t take on its traditional scrimmage format, though, and instead featured the offense versus the defense in a practice-style outing where the defense scored points on fumbles, sacks, and three-and-outs.

Last year, the game returned to a scrimmage format with the Blue team knocking off the White team 10-0. This spring, James Franklin believes the game will once again take its scrimmage format for the 2024 edition of the tilt.

“We’ve got some bumps and bruises. We’ve had a very physical spring ball,” Franklin said. “But we expect more of a traditional spring game.”

It won’t be entirely the same, however, as Franklin said the teams are going to be divided evenly to provide the most game-like reps with anticipated starters being split among the two teams.

“I’m just breaking it up and trying to make it as competitive as possible,” Franklin said. “I’m trying to divvy it up so that there’s guys that you feel like could play in a Big Ten game on either side of the ball and on either side of the field.”

Specific details for the game’s format have yet to be released. Rosters and game rules are expected to come out on Friday, April 12.

Last year, all three quarterbacks played for both teams, while Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen played on the Blue team along with most of the eventual starters at every position on the offense and defense, leading to the shutout of the White team.

Kickoff for the 2024 Blue-White Game is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, inside Beaver Stadium.

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