Penn State prepares for tough battle at Michigan State

DETROIT — Mike Gesicki remembers the reaction and the atmosphere well. The first College Football Playoff poll of 2016 hit Penn State with some fanfare. At the same time in 2017, the Nittany Lions have a better record and a higher ranking, but the expectations are much different. “Last year, that felt like there was […]

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Penn State’s offensive line will be in the spotlight against Michigan State

The challenge has been laid down for Penn State’s offensive line. After an encouraging performance coming out of the bye week against Michigan’s heralded defensive line, the Nittany Lions struggled down the stretch in last week’s 39-38 loss at Ohio State. Lions coach James Franklin said after the game that the difference came up front […]

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Penn State refocuses following players-only meeting Sunday

The players did not need to be pushed into having a meeting. Less than 24 hours after having their undefeated run end at Ohio State, Penn State captains got their teammates together on Sunday to refocus for the November stretch run following a painful loss to the Buckeyes. “I could not have more confidence in […]

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Penn State debuts at No. 7 in first College Football Playoff rankings

For Penn State, a one-point loss is the difference between being in the driver’s seat for a College Football Playoff berth and being at the mercy of several other teams. Not that Tuesday’s first CFP top 25 was all bad news for the Nittany Lions. By debuting at No. 7, they slot in ahead of […]

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PSU notebook: Late special teams gaffe spoils a big night for Lions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second straight year, it was a block on special teams that changed the season for Penn State and Ohio State. The Nittany Lions’ upset of the Buckeyes in 2016 was fueled by a blocked punt and a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown, giving the Lions the […]

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Heartbreaker at the Horseshoe: Barrett rallies Buckeyes past Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Penn State took the opening kickoff back for a score. The Nittany Lions had an interception turn into a touchdown after a replay review. They finished with the most points they had ever scored in Ohio Stadium. It wasn’t enough to beat the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s advantage in the trenches on both […]

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Nittany Lions face new role this season as underdogs at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time all season, Penn State will take the field as an underdog. “I actually did not know that,” star tailback Saquon Barkley said after being told that oddsmakers don’t favor the Nittany Lions at Ohio State on Saturday. There’s a number of reasons that the Lions, despite carrying a […]

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Heisman hopefuls: Barkley, Barrett in the spotlight for PSU-OSU

Saquon Barkley and J.T. Barrett both got the big-picture questions this week. The respective stars for Penn State and Ohio State largely shrugged them off. Players, especially Heisman Trophy candidates like these two, can’t afford to do much but focus on Saturday’s showdown in Columbus between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes. Nevertheless, the spotlight will […]

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Marcus Allen, Grant Haley still playing starring roles for Penn State

They arrived at Penn State at the same time — Marcus Allen from Maryland, Grant Haley from Georgia. Both play in the secondary, but both bring very different approaches. “Marcus is bubbly, outgoing, full of energy, huge smile on his face, dancing, laughing, clowning other guys, me, other players, everybody,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin […]

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Penn State, Ohio State sing each other’s praises to open big week

James Franklin wasn’t ready to talk about Ohio State on Saturday night. After beating Michigan, the Penn State coach preemptively headed off any questions about the Buckeyes, ultimately picking up a reporter’s phone that was recording near him to check the time — 11:23. “Thirty-seven minutes,” Franklin said. “We’ve got 37 minutes to enjoy this […]

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