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View from the Cheap Seats: The Jitters Wore Off

Welcome back to the Cheap Seats. A lot has transpired since we last spoke. Beer has been consumed, and even more pancakes. I do love pancakes. What I don’t love are season openers. Not at all. In fact, I wish college football would implement at least one... dare I say it … preseason game. I realize that the unknown heading into a season is part of the allure of college football, but season openers make me want to run around with scissors.

JoePa Honored at Temple Game on September 17

The September 17 game against Temple is going to be one to remember. JoePa will be honored in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his first game as the head football coach at Penn State on September 17, 1966.

It's also Stripe Out, THON day, faculty and staff day and community heroes day.

We don't have many details yet (or how they plan to honor the winningest coach in major college football history), but we'll post them as we find out!

What You Need to Know: Penn State V. Kent State

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

Need-to-Know Details: vs. Kent State/3:30 p.m./BTN

Weather Forecast (via AccuWeather): Sunny and pleasant, high of 74 degrees

The Line: Penn State -21.5

All-Time Series: Penn State leads 4-0

Celebrate National Tailgating Day at the Season Opener!

By Jeff Cavanaugh

While everyone in Happy Valley has September 3 already marked on the calendar for the big Penn State home opener against the Kent State Golden Flashes – September 3 is also celebrated as National Tailgating Day across the country. And there is no better place to celebrate National Tailgating Day than outside of Beaver Stadium with 107,000 of your closest friends!

Now that we've had all winter and summer to plan our first tailgate of the season, its important to not forget the essentials that can help make your tailgate the best.

Critical First Month Awaits Nittany Lions

During James Franklin’s press conference introducing him as Penn State’s new head football coach in January 2014, he provided plenty of memorable sound bytes.

Here’s the one that comes to mind as the new season is only days away.

“Our recruiting philosophy, we are going to dominate the state. We are going to dominate the state. We are going to dominate the region.”

Night Game Schedules Set for Fall

Nittany Lions hosts Iowa Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Military Appreciation game and visits Rutgers Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network

The Nittany Lions will host Iowa Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Military Appreciation game, and play at Rutgers Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Both of these primetime games will air on the Big Ten Network. These are the first November night games for the Nittany Lions since 1987.

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The pair of November primetime games mark the first time the Nittany Lions will play a night game in the month of November since visiting Pittsburgh on November 14, 1987.

Blue White 2016

Shedding nickname, Sickels ready to seize opportunity

UNIVERSITY PARK — Garrett Sickels figured it was time to shed his nickname. And add some muscle at the same time.

The Penn State junior defensive end used to eat any and everything he wanted. And speaking recently, he said that he “left some stuff” on the field last season, when he was just a half-second away from being the disruptive force that oftentimes his teammates were.

After spring ball, Sickels knew it was time for a change.

New season. New approach. And new physical build.

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