Penn State Football Preview: Pittsburgh

Story posted September 6, 2017 in CommRadio by Sports Staff

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After an excellent game in a 52-0 victory against Akron, the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) plan to keep rolling against the Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0, 0-0 ACC) this Saturday.

Head coach James Franklin is quoted saying that their performance against Akron was “the most complete game” they have ever had. Of course, repeating that performance would be ideal but, Pittsburgh is known to have plenty of tenacity. No matter what the state of their team is, this could be more difficult than expected. The key for the Nittany Lions to repeat success is going to be their defense. The Panthers have a very solid running-back duo lead by Qadree Ollison and Quadree Henderson. Ollison was able to punch in 2 TDs in their overtime win against Youngstown State. Penn State’s front 7 has to make it a priority to ensure the Panthers never get their ground game going. By forcing Panther’s senior quarterback Max Browne be the one to beat them, it can assure Penn State’s victory.

On the offensive side of the ball, if the Nittany Lions can achieve half the success they achieved against Akron, the Pittsburgh defense will not stand a chance. Junior running back Saquon Barkley is putting college football on notice that he is the best running back in the country. With 172 yards on 14 carries with 2 touchdowns in his first outing this season, Barkley is without a doubt at the top of the Heisman voting. As for junior quarterback Trace McSorley, he has to take advantage of Pittsburgh’s defensive backs who allowed 311 yards to Youngstown quarterback Hunter Wells. With weapons like junior wide receiver Juwan Johnson, senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, and senior tight end Mike Gesicki, McSorley should have a field day against the Panther defense. However, the biggest surprise in the Akron game was the utilization of backup quarterback Tommy Stevens. It will be interesting to see how Coach Franklin will utilize Stevens against a stronger opponent. If he achieves the same amount of success as he did against Akron, the Panthers will be in big trouble. The packages that use Stevens have opened up new doors for a Nittany Lion offense that was already considered dynamic and one of the best in college football.

As for the Panthers, they barely escaped Youngstown State with a 28-21 overtime victory. Now, as they gear up for a rematch against the Nittany Lions, they are going to have a lot to handle this go around. Since their victory over Penn State last season, Penn State went on to win the Big Ten Championship and compete in the Rose Bowl, where they lost against USC in one of the closest games in Rose Bowl history. Now with more weapons and momentum, Penn State is looking for revenge. To make matters worse, the Panthers are the visiting team. This is the first time since 1999 that Pittsburgh has played in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions are ready to get their revenge with a 33-10 victory.

 

Carlos Flores is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email ccflores2002@yahoo.com.

About the Contributors

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Jonathan Gross

Senior / Broadcast Journalism, International Politics

Jon Gross is a senior from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey double-majoring in broadcast journalism and International Politics. Gross currently serves as a Sports Director for Penn State’s CommRadio, where he has also broadcasted for ten Penn State sports teams. During the summer of 2018, Gross was the Director of Broadcasting for the Saugerties Stallions of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. He was also the radio play-by-play voice of the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team for the 2017 season. Gross has interned in the sports departments of WCBS-TV (New York) and WTAJ-TV (Altoona-Johnstown-State College).

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Carlos Flores

Junior /

Carlos Flores is from Alexandria, Virginia, double majoring in broadcast journalism and hospitality management. As a member of ComRadio he writes and articles participates in podcasts talking about Penn State athletics. He has two radio shows a week. One on Thursday from 5-6 pm on Commradio and the other being on Sunday from 8-9 pm with The Lion 90.7 FM You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Dylan Huberman

Sophomore / Broadcast Journalism

Dylan Huberman is a contributor for ComRadio, co-host of the NFL talk show “The Point After” with Tyler King, and also makes regular appearances for PSNtv’s “Penn State Sports Night.” Nicknamed “Hot-take Huberman” by ComRadio’s own George Stockburger, Dylan is known for his fiery, outside-the-box style of sports analysis. One day, Dylan hopes to make it onto television as a sports analyst or play-by-play announcer, but is very interested in sports radio as well. Follow him on Twitter @dylan_huberman or email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Mitch Stewart

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Mitch Stewart is a freshman from Roanoke, VA majoring in broadcast journalism. During his time in ComRadio, Mitch has written stories for football, recorded podcasts for football and basketball, while also doing several board operations to enable sporting events to go over the air. Also, Mitch called Penn State’s women’s volleyball team’s upset of #1 Minnesota back in October. Mitch is also a writer for Onward State. To contact Mitch, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Zach Kaplan

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Zach Kaplan is a freshman majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He has helped provide weekly coverage of Penn State football and men’s hockey during the fall semester. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or find him on Twitter at @Zach_Kaplan5.