Five Impact Questions for the 2018 Football Season

Every team faces questions upon the beginning of fall camp and the regular season. With back-to-back 11-win seasons, the questions facing Penn State are good ones. How can the Nittany Lions continue their re-emergence onto the national college football landscape, and what factors will help determine this season’s performance?

We take a look at five questions that’ll definitely have an impact, including looking ahead to the Big Ten championship to see if we envision Penn State planning a return trip to Indianapolis.

Date set for the Lions and Panthers to meet under the lights

Penn State Athletics has announced that the Nittany Lions will visit Panther territory to face off against their longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Panthers, Sept. 8, 2018 at Pitt. The Keystone Classic begins at 8 p.m. and airs on ABC.

Historically, the Nittany Lions are 51-43-4 against the Panthers. Clearly, the games are highly competitive, but the Nittany Lions have always persevered and maintained their lead over the Panthers.

Nittany Lions Outrank the Competition in Academic Prowess

Penn State student-athletes – they’re just as great in the classroom as they are on the field, and we’ve got the stats to back it up.

Penn State finishes No. 2 in Learfield Cup winter standings

UNIVERSITY PARK – For the 13th consecutive year, Penn State Athletics has placed in the Top 5 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup final winter standings.

Powered by the wrestling team’s seventh NCAA Championship in the past eight years, the Nittany Lions are No. 2 in the final winter standings, maintaining their No. 2 ranking after the fall sports season. Penn State has placed No. 2 in the final winter standings in three of the past five years and improved from No. 3 in the 2017 final winter tally and No. 5 in the final 2016 winter standings.

Several Nittany Lions headed to the NFL

UNIVERSITY PARK – It was a big weekend for Penn State football.

Several Nittany Lions are moving on to the NFL.

Penn State had six players selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend, marking the team’s most productive in eight years. Saquon Barkley – who was selected at No. 2 by the New York Giants – was the highest pick since 2000. Three defensive backs were selected for just the second time in school history.

Penn State announces gameday themes for 2018 football

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Athletics announced game day themes for the 2018 football season. The nationally-recognized Penn State White Out is scheduled for the Ohio State game Sept. 29, while the Penn State Stripe Out returns for a fourth-straight season and takes place Oct. 13 vs. Michigan State.

2018 Penn State Football Game Themes:

Appalachian State, September 1: Youth Sports; Spirit Day for Youth Cheer & Dance

Penn State's offense set to re-launch in 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK – In the pregame atmosphere before last season’s Fiesta Bowl, Ricky Rahne stood against one of the goalposts, flipping a football through the air. 

2018 White Out opponent announced

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s official.

Penn State will face Ohio State in its 2018 White Out game at Beaver Stadium.

The game will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29. A kickoff time has not been announced, though White Out games are typically at night.

Penn State stunned Ohio State, 24-21, in the 2016 White Out game at Beaver Stadium. It will be a revenge game for the Nittany Lions, who lost to the Buckeyes, 39-38, at Ohio Stadium.

It will be the third time in five years that the White Out opponent has been Ohio State.

What you need to know: The Blue-White Game

UNIVERSITY PARK — Leading up to each game in the 2018 season, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye on, and where and when you can catch the Nittany Lions on Saturday.

First up: The annual Blue-White game, the perfect opportunity for you to fire up the tailgate, gather with your friends, and enjoy a weekend in Happy Valley.

Game details: 3 p.m. kickoff, broadcast live on BTN, Penn State Sports Network, and

Additional events scheduled for Blue-White Weekend

UNIVERSITY PARK – Fans who attend the Blue-White Game presented by Xfinity will have a variety of activities to participate in throughout the weekend on the University Park campus. The game is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Beaver Stadium.


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