Staff Predictions: Penn State Football’s 2024 Blue-White Game

It’s that time of the year, folks.

Flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining (sometimes), and Penn State football is back in Beaver Stadium.

While Penn State won’t release its rosters for its Blue-White Game until Friday afternoon, we asked our staffers who they thought would win Saturday’s spring scrimmage. With the chance to see some exciting new players, and having no idea who would play on which team, our staffers disagreed on the contest’s result.

Mitch Corcoran: Team Gray 20, Everyone Else 0

That’s right. Team Gray. Last year, the quarterbacks wore gray jerseys for the first time as opposed to the typical red jerseys Joe Paterno and Bill O’Brien had their quarterbacks wear in the spring game. Nonetheless, I think Drew Allar, Beau Pribula, and Ethan Grunkemeyer will have impressive performances on Saturday as we see Andy Kotelnicki’s offense for the first time. Plus, since the quarterbacks play for both teams, they can’t lose.

Nolan Wick: Team Blue 60, Team White 28

Both offenses are going to thrive in Andy Kotelnicki’s new scheme. This is just a preview of what’s coming because Drew Allar and Beau Pribula should be much better this season. The wide receivers don’t excite me, but the running backs are going to explode and tap into their freshman selves on Saturday – expect to see Kaytron Allen running angry. Let’s see what you got, Nittany Lions.

CJ Doebler: Team Blue 17, Team White 10

Rosters aren’t out yet, so there’s next to no basis for this decision besides the fact that blue is a pretty cool color. Although the road whites of the Nittany Lions are also clean, there’s nothing like donning the blue threads inside Beaver Stadium. Historically, the starters have been on the Blue team but Franklin said at his Tuesday availability that he was going to break up the rosters to put quality players on both sides of the ball. Still, I have a feeling Blue wins on Saturday.

Fernando Martinez: Team Blue 17, Team White 23

I’m expecting a low-scoring game since it’s just a scrimmage, but I think White comes out on top.
To be honest, I hate to go against my favorite color, which is blue, but in this scrimmage, White has more motivation. I say this because most of the team consists of bench players like Beau Pribula, and they are going to be eager to prove to James Franklin that they should be considered to start next season. Also, after how last season went down with Drew Allar, I’m a big believer in Pribula until further notice. For me, the winner of this game will be whoever has Pribula the most and I think that team will be White. For that reason, I think White wins and Pribula will create quarterback controversy against Allar heading into next season.

Matt Brown: Team Blue 28, Team White 0

Blue is the superior color to white. I don’t see this game being close at all.

Joe Lister: Who Cares

It’s the Blue-White Game, folks. You aren’t even going into the stadium, probably. I’ll be in there, covering the game for Onward State. Still, it’s way cooler to just tailgate the whole day. Have some Jack Daniels with Coke. That’s what the day is really about.

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