By Chris Morelli on September 01, 2017
It’s finally here. Week One of the college football season has arrived. In Happy Valley, it will kick off at noon Saturday when Akron visits Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are primed and ready for another run at a Big Ten Championship. Sure, there will be some bodies to replace, but nothing James Franklin and his staff can’t handle.
Each and every week, the staff at HappyValley.com will predict the outcome of that week’s game. This week’s game is truly a no-brainer, but here’s what our staff had to say:
By John Patishnock on August 30, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK — 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.
Game details: vs. Akron, noon kickoff, broadcast on ABC
Records: Penn State (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Akron (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
Venue: Beaver Stadium, where Penn State boasts an all-time record of 278-72. The Nittany Lions finished last season 7-0 and have won 13 of their last 14 at home.
By John Patishnock on August 29, 2017
Penn State has owned its home turf over the past few years, winning 13 of the last 14 games at Beaver Stadium, including a perfect 7-0 mark last season. Here’s a rundown of what fans can look forward to at Beaver Stadium this season:
By John Patishnock on August 29, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK — Jason Cabinda and Mike Gesicki both called it “indescribable.”
Nick Scott paused, and then gave a tremendously insightful answer while showing perspective beyond his years.
Miles Sanders said he could feel the ground shake.
Other players simply smile when thinking about what that moment is like.
By Jeff Cavanaugh on August 28, 2017
"Grilled stickies are something unique to Penn State. You can’t find them anywhere else quite like they do it there." – Paul Posluszny
If you win games and play hard, you’ll always be remembered by the legions of Nittany Lions fans across the country. But when the stars of the Nittany Lions are not on the field or in the weight room, they like to frequent all of the same places across Happy Valley that we all know and love.
By John Patishnock on August 24, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK — Jason Cabinda is well aware of how important this upcoming season is, not just for Penn State football, but also for himself.
The senior captain and defensive leader occupies the middle of the Nittany Lions’ front seven as mike linebacker. He’s taken on a more front-facing role this offseason, co-hosting the football team’s signing day coverage earlier this year, displaying plenty of charisma and savvy on-camera presence during the team’s live stream.
By Blake Burfield on August 22, 2017
It’s been a long time since an upcoming Penn State football season has been as hyped as this one, so classic themed games like the White Out and Homecoming are bound to be even more fun than usual. But they’re not the only ones — all seven home games of the 2017 season will feature a special theme, promotion or celebration. Check all of them out and start planning for your games!
Sept. 2 vs. Akron: Home Opener | Youth Sports/Spirit Day
By Travis Johnson on August 22, 2017
You cover enough football, you stay in enough Midwest towns where all the hotels start to feel like the next. The travel can wear on you sometimes — and when your destination is Champagne, Illinois to watch one ho-hum-at-best team take on one that’s lackluster on its best day, it can be forgettable. Especially when big-time teams are playing elsewhere in the country, probably where the weather’s at least slightly better, too.
By John Patishnock on August 21, 2017
When Tommy Stevens went in motion last year, late in the game against Iowa, it was already too late for the Hawkeyes.
“They probably didn’t know who I was at the time,” Stevens said, recalling the play in early August.
Penn State was driving for another touchdown en route to steamrolling Iowa at Beaver Stadium, and the Nittany Lion formation included both starting quarterback Trace McSorley, and Stevens, the backup who battled McSorley for the top spot most of last summer.
By Chris Morelli on August 21, 2017
The rankings are out – and the Penn State football team is starting 2017 just about where it ended 2016.
The Nittany Lions are ranked at No. 6 in the Associated Press preseason poll, which was released this afternoon. PSU finished last season at No. 7 following a heartbreaking loss to USC in the Rose Bowl.
The Nittany Lions trail Alabama (No. 1), Ohio State (No. 2), Florida State (No. 3), USC (No. 4) and defending national champion Clemson (No. 5).