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Is Pitt-Penn State still a rivalry?

Is it a rivalry or not? That is the question.

All week long, we’ve heard this question countless times. The fact that sports radio talk show hosts have been debating whether or not Pitt-Penn State is a rivalry tells you all you need to know.

Yes, it’s a rivalry. A million times yes.

Penn State Predictions: Piling on Pitt

42-39.

If you’re a Penn State fan, that score should stick in your brain. It’s the final from last year’s thrilling Pitt-Penn State game at Heinz Field. Penn State turned the ball over countless times in the first half as the Panthers jumped out to a 28-7 lead. The Nittany Lions stormed back, but they came up short in a loss that would keep them out of the College Football Playoff picture.

According to the staff at HappyValley.com, the Lions should avenge last year’s defeat. Here’s what we see for Week 2:

Nittany Notes: Penn State ready for Pitt

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin described practice this week as “workmanlike,” saying he’d like to see a little more energy but it wasn’t a problem. Film work and the practices were really good, the head coach said, as the team prepares to face off against Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

What you need to know: No. 4 Penn State vs. Pitt

UNIVERSITY PARK — Each week, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye on, and where and when you can catch the Nittany Lions on fall Saturdays this season.

Game details: vs. Pitt, 3:30 p.m., broadcast on ABC

Records: No. 4 Penn State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Pitt (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

Venue: Beaver Stadium, where Penn State has won eight straight and 14 of its last 15 games.

Pitt-PSU: The hottest ticket in town

Are you looking for tickets for this weekend’s Pitt-Penn State game? Well, you’re not alone.

The ticket for the non-conference game is, without a doubt, the hottest ticket since last year’s Whiteout game against Ohio State. That game, of course, was a thrilling 24-21 Penn State victory. It is considered the signature win of head coach James Franklin’s short tenure in Happy Valley.

Pitt defeated Penn State, 42-39, last season at Heinz Field. This year, the scene shifts to Happy Valley.

Penn State-Akron: By the Numbers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the pertinent numbers from Penn State’s 52-0 victory over Akron on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

What numbers stood out to you? Tag us on social media (@HappyValleyPSU) and let us know.

569: total yards of offense for Penn State.

101,684: game attendance.

280: passing yards by Trace McSorley; he finished 18-of-25 with two touchdowns, both to tight end Mike Gesicki

PSU vs. Akron: Good, Bad and Ugly

Well, that was a statement.

Penn State opened the 2017 campaign with an impressive 52-0 drubbing of Akron at Beaver Stadium on a waterlogged Saturday afternoon. It was, without a doubt, the most impressive opener in the James Franklin Era.

Each and every week at HappyValley.com, we’ll take a look at the highlights of the game with a feature called The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Here’s our Week One report:

Video: Team arrives for season opener

The Penn State football team got its season off on the right foot with a 45-0 drubbing of Akron at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Check out HappyValley.com's exclusive video of the team arriving at Beaver Stadium.

Robinson embraces role, maintains motivation

Increased confidence. More familiarity with the offense. Better able to recognize defenses and anticipate blitzes.

This is the 2017 version of Andre Robinson, a redshirt sophomore running back for the Penn State football team who started to come into his own last year.

After this year’s Blue-White game —  during which Robinson caught a touchdown — running backs coach Charles Huff described Robinson as an efficient runner, a characterization that Huff said has roots in Robinson’s high school days.

What's new at Beaver Stadium in 2017?

Hello, old friend.

Are you one of the 100,000-plus fans headed to Beaver Stadium on Saturday when the No. 6 Nittany Lions take on Akron at noon? If you are, there are some new things to be on the lookout for.

Here they are, in no specific order.

New entry lanes – According to a press release on www.gopsusports.com, Penn State has added 31 new entry lanes to Beaver Stadium and relocated or removed obstructions near Gate A.

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