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Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop nominated for Broyles Award

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop has been nominated for the Broyles Award. The award goes to the nation’s top assistant coach in college football. No Penn Sate assistant coach has won the award since it was first introduced in 1996. Shoop’s case will have some legs to stand on considering how well Penn State’s defense has played this season. Shoop is one of six Big...
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Nittany Lions prepare for a trip to Charleston

The Penn State Nittany Lions will face off against the Charlotte 49ers on Thursday in the Gildan Charleston Classic. The Charleston Classic does not have any ranked teams participating this year, but it is certainly a deep tournament with several teams that will be in the thick of the race for a 2015 NCAA Tournament bid. Since that’s the case, it’s a great opportunity for Penn...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State up to 11.5 -point favorite vs. Temple

After snapping a four-game losing streak in Big Ten play Saturday at Indiana, Penn State is an eleven-point favorite when they return home this week to take on Temple. Vegas Insider had Penn State open as a 10.5 point favorite but that has quickly dropped to nine points. It has since jumped up to 11 points. Another outlet, 888sport, currently has Penn State as an 11.5 point favorite...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State’s future non-conference scheduling dependent on Pitt’s success

If there was one thing to take away from the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings this week, it might have been the importance strength of schedule really will be moving forward. The sample size is obviously miniscule at the moment, but seeing Baylor, a team that rallied to defeat TCU, be ranked six spots behind the Horned Frogs in the first rankings released by...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Hull added to Bednarik Award watch list

LB Mike Hull of @PennStateFball added to watch list for Bednarik Award – http://t.co/MX4dDP3Zws pic.twitter.com/7nqUuNuh6A — Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 28, 2014
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Herb Hand slams Butkus Award’s omission of Mike Hull

If a 'defensive award' doesn't include @m_hull4943 as a candidate then the research dept clearly isn't watching any film(attn:@butkusaward). — Herb Hand (@CoachHand) October 27, 2014
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Hull’s absence proves Butkus Award as much a popularity contest as any

Today the semifinalists for the Butkus Award were announced, and Penn State linebacker Mike Hull was not among the 15 players considered for the top linebacker award. After watching Hull put together 19 tackles in a double overtime game against Ohio State Saturday night, Hull’s absence from the semifinalist list seems to be a bit of a head scratcher.�But the Butkus Award,...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 13 Ohio State 31, Penn State 24 (2 OT): Gritty Lions give reasons for hope

Losses can be tough to take, especially when they come in overtime against a division rival at home. Such was the case for Penn State Saturday night after coming up short in double overtime against No. 13 Ohio State. But this one felt differently. I generally do not subscribe to the idea of moral victories, and head coach James Franklin stated the same after the game Saturday night...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

How confident are Ohio State fans? A Q&A with The Buckeye Battle Cry

Penn State is hosting Ohio State Saturday night in Beaver Stadium. The Buckeyes will roll into the game riding a nice little winning streak that has seen blowout victory after blowout victory over Kent State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers. Penn State’s defense will be put to the test as Ohio State comes into the game a heavy favorite. This is not exactly 2001 Miami we’re talking...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State football tickets 49% above average with OSU coming to town

The Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1), who rank No. 13 in the most recent AP Poll, will look for their fifth straight win as they travel to Happy Valley to face the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2). Ohio State is coming off a convincing 56-17 home victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.  Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Barrett added 107 rushing yards and...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State midseason evaluation: Terrible offense but bowl game still in sight?

I have been meaning to share my midseason evaluation of Penn State for a few days now, but other writing conflicts and requirements have been continuing to get in the way. But, before we enter the weekend and begin to shift the focus to Ohio State, I figured today was as good a time as any to put my thoughts on Penn State’s 2014 season to this point on the record. So here we go...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State slumping in Big Ten power poll

It was probably to be expected, but Penn State continues to be slumping in the Big Ten power rankings compiled and organized by Talking 10 this week. After losing two straight games in Big Ten play to Northwestern and Michigan, the Nittany Lions finished in sixth place in the Big Ten East in the most recent polling of Big Ten bloggers. Penn State finished with 19 points in this week’s...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Coaching Trends for Penn State-Michigan

#PennState head @coachjfranklin is 2-1 in games following a bye week. Only loss was at No. 2 Alabama in 2011. — Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) October 11, 2014 #Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is 7-2 in regular season games following a loss away from home during his time at Michigan. — Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) October 11, 2014
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan vs Penn State tickets much more affordable than in years past

This Saturday, a Big Ten conference game takes place as the Michigan Wolverines host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium. It’s panic time for the Wolverines after they have lost their last three games as the team’s struggles on and off the field have both coach Brady Hoke and athletic director David Brandon fighting for their jobs. Meanwhile, Penn State is coming...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Bloguin Heisman Poll: CLANGA CLANGA CLANGA

This week over on The Student Section marks the first release of the Bloguin Heisman Poll. The Bloguin Heisman Poll has been around for a couple of years now, but this is the first time it has been posted on The Student Section. As a member of the Bloguin community, both here at Nittany Lions Den and as a contributor to The Student Section, I am participating in this season’s weekly...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State 48, UMass 7: Finally, a breather

Penn State proved capable of handling moments of adversity in week one in Ireland. In week two the Nittany Lions shrugged aside a rough first half against Akron. They answered the late call again last week on the road at Rutgers. In week four, back in Beaver Stadium, there was never a doubt as Penn State flirted with a shutout against a struggling Massachusetts program. The running...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State 13, Rutgers 10: R U not entertained?

When it came time for me to wrap my head around Penn State’s week two victory over Akron, here is how I started: It may have just been week two, but the theme for this season of Penn State football appears to be clear. The defense is going to put a shaky Penn State offense in position to win games until the offense can figure some things out. Rinse and repeat for Week Three. And...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State 21, Akron 3: Insert zippy headline here

It may have just been week two, but the theme for this season of Penn State football appears to be clear. The defense is going to put a shaky Penn State offense in position to win games until the offense can figure some things out. On what would eventually prove to be a dismal day of football around the Big Ten, Penn State managed to shrug aside a rough game and a potential upset...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Decisions, decisions… maybe?

I was out of the home office most of yesterday, so there was no Morning Cup of Joe. Trust me when I tell you I could have used it in the afternoon. Anyway, let’s get it brewed this morning. If you had to choose between Penn State having the bowl ban lifted this year, but the scholarship restrictions remaining in place as scheduled or having the scholarship restrictions lifted and...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nittany Minute: Just how good is Hackenberg?

Following up on a record-breaking day in the season opener, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is already being thrown in the conversation as the best quarterback in school history. I am willing to throw him in the top five without any hesitation, but I still feel there is some work to do to move in to my top three, let alone the top spot overall. The potential is there...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State adds Army to 2015 schedule

.@PennStateFBALL to host @Army_Football to complete the 2015 schedule! http://t.co/8tdVtrFwdL pic.twitter.com/VCr6LvHl9n — Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 3, 2014
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Don’t compare Hackenberg to Collins just yet

Today on the site I started what will be a season-long series looking back at the 1994 Penn State football season the way I remember it. It was 20 years ago today the season got started with a blowout in the Metrodome. I was not able to watch it on TV, so I had to get updates from my dad, who sat in the living room on the couch and listened to the whole game on the radio. It was...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Remembering 1994: No. 9 Penn State 56, Minnesota 3

It was on this day in 1994 when Penn State opened the football season on the road against Minnesota in Big Ten play. It was the start of something beautiful in State College. This is the first in a season-long retrospective of my experience following Penn State in 1994, how it was this team that got me hooked on college football for life, and trying to recall where I was for each...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: On to the next one

Welcome to the Morning Cup of Joe, a daily round-up of Penn State football news and nuggets from around the Internet. Coming off an exciting season opening win in Dublin, Penn State kicker Sam Ficken and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton were recognized by the Big Ten in the first batch of weekly awards. Ficken was named the Big Ten’s special teams player of the week after successfully...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

#B1G Co-Freshman of Week are QB J.T. Barrett of @OhioStAthletics & WR DaeSean Hamilton of @PennStateFball. pic.twitter.com/GmBZUuoDxw — Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 1, 2014
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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