Playoff or Bust: Who Penn State fans should be rooting for in Week 10

Penn State begins this weekend needing a win at Michigan State to rebound from a punch to the gut a week ago at Ohio State. With the College Football Playoff rankings now unveiled, the path to the playoff is ready to be cleared. But Penn State is in a position where they not only need to win their remaining games; they may need some help along the way from around the country. So...
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November 02, 2017  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff rankings reveal No. 7 Penn State is still on the radar

The initial College Football Playoff rankings for the 2017 season were unveiled Tuesday night, and Penn State landed in the same spot they did in the AP Top 25 and the coaches poll. At No. 7, Penn State is the fifth-best one-loss team in the nation as determined by the selection committee for the playoff. And if we’re being honest, that feels like a pretty fair assessment given the...
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November 01, 2017  |  Discuss

It’s been a while since Penn State has had a national star like Saquon Barkley

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley didn’t take long to get some national attention once he arrived at Penn State. His performance as a freshman in a road game at Ohio State thrust the young running back’s name into the spotlight as he put on a show against the defending national champions in 2015. Barkley’s profile continued to rise last season as Penn State made a push for the...
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June 08, 2017  |  Discuss

Quick rundown of Penn State’s 2017 schedule

Over on Athlon Sports I did a brief rundown of the upcoming Penn State football schedule. As you may already know, the home schedule features a pair of games that will carry a revenge factor for the Nittany Lions. The home games against Pitt and Michigan appear to be terrific opportunities to retaliate for the only two regular season losses from last season, and the fact that both...
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April 06, 2017  |  Discuss

If history is repeating itself, Penn State is going to win the national championship

My history professor my freshman year of college hated the phrase “history repeats itself.” I never gave it much thought before having him explain it, but I realized he is correct. History can never actually repeat itself because any event in history is a singular occurrence. However, history can have trends resurface over time. This makes it more appropriate to suggest history may...
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April 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Ohio State may still dominate talent in Big Ten, but Penn State on the rise

If you listen to the recruiting experts out there, they will tell you Ohio State continues to be the top dog when it comes to assembling talent in the Big Ten. Penn State is improving under James Franklin and a Big Ten championship is certainly helping that cause. This week on Athlon Sports I reviewed the past five years of talent rankings among Big Ten programs and came away noticing...
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February 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Minnesota turned down by Joe Moorhead

Minnesota fired Tracy Claeys as head coach this week and took a stab at opening a conversation with Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. According to the Associated Press on Wednesday, Minnesota reached out to Moorhead about the recent vacancy but was turned away. The AP reports Moorhead’s agent relayed to Minnesota that Moorhead had no interest in leaving his job as offensive...
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January 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Video: Nittany Lions are here in force as Blue Band marches in Rose Parade

Later today Penn State will play in the Rose Bowl against USC. One of the cooler traditions attached to the Rose Bowl is the Tournament of Roses Parade, which made its way through the streets of Pasadena hours before kickoff. Naturally, the Penn State Blue Band was one of the main attractions in the parade. The Rose Parade also had this wonderful show from the Martin Luther King...
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January 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Penn State adds CB Lamont Wade to Class of 2017 as Big Ten championship push continues

A week ago I asked if there was a chance Penn State could see a bump in recruiting leading up to National Signing Day after winning the Big Ten championship. The answer appears to be an emphatic “Yes” after Penn State’s latest addition to the Class of 2017. Cornerback Lamont Wade from Clairton has committed to Penn State. According to the composite rankings from 247 Sports, Wade...
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December 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Will Penn State get any boost in recruiting following Big Ten championship?

Penn State brought home its first Big Ten championship trophy since 2008 with a thrilling victory in the Big Ten championship game a little more than a week to go. With a Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl on the way, the focus on recruiting takes on a new light in the coming months. Will the Big Ten title give a push to the recruiting efforts with National Signing Day little...
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December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Big Ten Championship Game Q&A: Getting caught up on the Wisconsin Badgers

Penn State is preparing to take on the Wisconsin Badgers this week in the Big Ten Championship Game, so what better way to get an update and a glimpse of what to expect from the Badgers than from someone who has watched them all season long? Andy Coppens from fellow The Sports Daily site Madtown Badgers is a friend of Nittany Lions Den and is back now to provide his insight to the...
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November 30, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 8 Penn State 39, Rutgers 0: Dominant defense pounds Scarlet Knights

Penn State did its part to keep a division title in sight heading to the final week of the regular season. On a cold and miserable night in New Jersey, No. 8 Penn State got off to a rough start by botching the opening kickoff and having to settle for three field goals on four first-half red zone trips. Fortunately for Penn State, they were playing Rutgers and were able to easily...
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November 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Louisville goes down! Rutgers… Rutgers… Rutgers…

James Franklin and his players may be focusing on things one game at a time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a look at what else is happening around the country. Penn State may still have a slim shot at making the College Football Playoff, but one hurdle appeared to be cleared on Thursday night. No. 5 Louisville was dominated on the road Thursday night at Houston, losing by...
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November 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Penn State’s Four-Step Plan to the College Football Playoff

Yes it is true. What was once a dream is somehow becoming more and more a reality. After this past weekend of college football, Penn State now has a slightly more likely path to the Big Ten championship game than anyone would have realistically predicted back in August or even September. But why stop there? Why not go win the whole dang thing? We should all probably practice what...
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November 14, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 10 Penn State 45, Indiana 31: Nittany Lions survive and advance

It’s a good thing Penn State is a second-half team, because they needed it in a big way to avoid an upset at Indiana. Indiana has a long-standing history of making things dicey for Penn State. Despite the lopsided nature of the head-to-head series, a game against Indiana rarely goes without some tense moments when Penn State take son the Hoosiers. That was once again the case on...
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November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Points-Off-Turnover Efficiency: Penn State has scored 35 points off five straight turnovers

Two weeks ago we took a little bit of an analytical look at Penn State’s turnover margin and the points resulting from turnovers forced and lost. After knocking off Ohio State, the Nittany Lions had a little room for improvement in cashing in on turnovers. Yep. They improved. Penn State has scored five touchdowns off the last five turnovers forced by either the Nittany Lions defense...
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November 10, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jason Cabinda made like LaVar Arrington on 4th and 1

Earlier in the day, Vanderbilt had a player leap over the line of scrimmage on his way to blocking a field goal attempt by Auburn. That led Stewart Mandel of FOX Sports to tweet this… I do not know about that, but what I do know is Penn State’s Jason Cabinda channeled his inner LaVar Arrington in the first quarter to stuff Iowa quarterback CJ Beathard on fourth and one in the first...
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November 05, 2016  |  Discuss

LOOK: Adam Breneman made a fantastic one-handed snag for UMass

He may no longer be a part of the Penn State football program, but former tight end Adam Breneman’s return to college football is going quite well at UMass this season. Breneman recorded eight catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns for the Minutemen Saturday against Wagner in a blowout win. He also provided a very good highlight with this one-handed catch for a big gain over the...
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October 30, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 24 Penn State 62, Purdue 24: Saquon Barkley puts on another show

After an expected sluggish start, Saquon Barkley and Penn State lit up Purdue in the second half After winning a wild game last weekend against the Buckeyes, it was pretty much expected Penn State would do one of two things against Purdue. Either they would steam roll the Boilermakers on the road or win an ugly game. It turns out they did both. Penn State struck early with Saquon...
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October 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Penn State’s upset of Ohio State gets Tecmo Bowl treatment

If you are like me, you have probably watched the blocked field goal against Ohio State countless time since Saturday night. I have seriously watched the clip multiple times each day since it happened live. I could very well see myself watching it every day until Christmas at this rate. Have you seen it with a retro flair yet? The masterminds behind Tecmo Bowlers have a knack for...
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October 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Penn State RB Akeel Lynch announces retirement

Former Penn State running back Akeel Lynch has made a decision more and more football players are making these days. Lynch has announced his retirement from football after going through two concussions. Lynch, who transferred to Nevada this year, announced his decision to retire on his Twitter account on Monday. ✌ Lynch appeared in four games for Nevada this season, rushing just...
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October 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Paul Finebaum: James Franklin needs to be very careful

SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum watched what James Franklin did at Vanderbilt, but suggests thigns are not going well and not getting any better soon for the head coach of Penn State. Penn State plays their first home game of the Big Ten seaosn this afternoon against Minnesota, and to say a win is needed is not exactly an overstatement. A week after being embarrassed on the road...
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October 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Todd Blackledge is here to pull you back from the ledge after Penn State loses to Pitt, 42-39

As Trace McSorley had an awkwardly-timed pass to the end zone picked off to seal a loss against Pitt after 16 years on a break, Penn State fans and college football minds alike were left scratching their heads. With the momentum Penn State had on its side late in the game, why take a chance deep there? Whatever the case, former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge had a positive...
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September 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Adam Brenaman continuing football career at UMass

Tight end Adam Breneman was one of the key recruits secured by former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien in the Class of 2012. Injuries would get in the way of what would have been a dynamic career with the Nittany Lions and it was thought Breneman had been forced into early retirement from the game. However, this fall, Breneman will return to the college football field, although...
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August 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Moorhead going to town with new NCAA Twitter rule

Effective starting today, college football coaches my retweet and Like tweets coming from the Twitter profiles of prospective student-athletes under a new NCAA rule. New Penn State offensive coordinator is among many coaches around the country taking full advantage of the new allowance. As now allowed by the NCAA, coaches may react to Twitter updates from recruits in the form of...
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August 01, 2016  |  Discuss
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