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What you need to know: No. 12 Penn State at Maryland

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: at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. kickoff, broadcast on BTN.

Records: Penn State 9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, Maryland 4-7, 2-6 Big Ten.

Venue: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, capacity 54,000.

Weather forecast (via AccuWeather): High of 56 degrees, with periods of clouds and sun.

Nittany Notes: Movement in the AP poll for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK – Another week, another move in the polls.

Penn State moved up a spot in the AP Top 25 poll. The Nittany Lions are now sitting at No. 12. Oklahoma State’s loss sent the Cowboys tumbling eight spots and enabled some movement in the poll.

The 11 teams ahead of Penn State are: 1. Alabama (11-0); 2. Miami (10-0); 3. Oklahoma (10-1); 4. Clemson (10-1); 5. Wisconsin (11-0); 6. Auburn (9-2); 7. Georgia (10-1); 8. Ohio State (9-2); 9. Notre Dame (9-2); 10. TCU (9-2); 11. USC (10-2).

Penn State by the Numbers: Week 11 (Nebraska)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 56-44 victory over Nebraska on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

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

106,722: game attendance Saturday.

106,707: average home attendance in 2017, the highest since 2009 (107,008).

3,629: career rushing yards for Saquon Barkley, who trails Evan Royster (3,982) for the all-time mark.

Penn State Predictions: Lions come down the stretch

UNIVERSITY PARK – Down the stretch they come.

The Penn State football team will play its final home game of the season on Saturday when Nebraska visits Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions need a win to keep their New Year’s Day Bowl hopes alive.

Needless to say, it’s a must win.

The Lions are facing a struggling Nebraska team that is hovering around the .500 mark.

This will be the last home game for 23 seniors and most likely, Saquon Barkley.

Will the Lions get the crucial W? Let’s see what our staff had to say:

Column: Stand up and shout (for the seniors)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Senior Day is always emotional. Long after the sun sets on Beaver Stadium Saturday night, the Penn State football team’s seniors will walk off the field for the final time.

It will be tough to watch. And it should be. This is a special group.

Nittany Notes: Stripe Out finally arrives

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s going to be a big Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

It’s the Stripe Out. It’s also Senior Day.

What you need to know: No. 13 Penn State vs. Nebraska

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. Nebraska, 4 p.m. kickoff, broadcast on FS1.

Records: Penn State 8-2 (5-2 Big Ten), Nebraska 4-6, (3-4 Big Ten).

Venue: Beaver Stadium, where Penn State has won its last 13 games.

Weather forecast (via AccuWeather): High of 46 degrees, with periods of rain.

Nittany Notes: PSU is on the rise (again)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State is back on track.

With a 35-6 win over Rutgers on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions ended a two-game losing streak and kept alive their hopes for a New Year’s Day bowl bid. Penn State is now 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the Big Ten. Just a pair of games remain – the home finale vs. Nebraska (Nov. 18) and the regular season finale at Maryland (Nov. 25).

Those two games are very winnable for the Lions. While the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff are probably out of the question, a 10-2 season will be nothing to sneeze at.

Penn State By the Numbers: Week 10 (Rutgers)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 35-6 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

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

107,531: game attendance.

6,465: career passing yards for Trace McSorley, good for third place all-time at Penn State.

5,055: career all-purpose yards for Saquon Barkley, a Penn State record. He passed Larry Johnson and Curt Warner during Saturday’s victory.

Column: All is well, Nittany Nation

UNIVERSITY PARK – Is Penn State football all the way back?

You bet it is.

In the closing moments of the Michigan game on Oct. 21, it became clear that Penn State football was indeed all the way back. A blowout 42-13 win, a record crowd and a 7-0 record told us that.

So what has happened in the past couple of weeks? Well, the Nittany Lions lost. Two games by a total of four points, but losses nonetheless. While that has cast a pall on the season, it’s important to note that the 2017 Nittany Lions have exceeded expectations.

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