PSU moves to No. 2; ESPN's College Gameday coming

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s a big week in Happy Valley.

It’s Michigan week, of course. But that isn’t the big news. The big news is that the Nittany Lions moved up a slot in the AP poll without having played a game this weekend.

On Friday night, then-No. 2 Clemson fell in a dramatic upset at Syracuse on Friday night, 27-24. On Sunday, voters pushed Penn State up a slot. The Nittany Lions are now the No. 2 team in the nation, just behind Alabama.

Nittany Notes: McSorley's on the Unitas Award watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK – Sure, it’s an off week for the Penn State football team. But that doesn’t mean it’s a week without news.

Although Penn State head coach James Franklin didn’t have a news conference this week, there was some news coming out of University Park this week.

It's a Major Award!

Penn State QB Trace McSorley is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The watch list was pared down on Wednesday.

Penn State's Top 10 Plays of 2017 ... so far

UNIVERSITY PARK – We are just six games into the 2017 Penn State football season and there have been an entire season of memorable moments.

Since we are in the midst of a bye week, it seemed like a good time to look back at the 10 most memorable moments of the first six games – all Penn State wins, by the way.

Like any good top 10, we’ll count down from bottom to top.

Barkley, Huff and their pursuit of the Heisman Trophy

UNIVERSITY PARK — For all of Penn State’s storied history, the program has only one Heisman Trophy winner.

For me, I’ve always found that to be an endearing stat. Focus on the team, and everything else will take care of itself. Many coaches, including at Penn State, have had mantras that in essence, say that.

This includes the current coaching staff, and players can recite it word-for-word. “With team success, comes individual recognition.”

Penn State-Michigan start time announced

UNIVERSITY PARK – Finally – it’s official.

No. 3 Penn State’s game with No. 17 Michigan will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC on Saturday, Sept. The Big Ten tilt is Penn State’s Whiteout Game.

Penn State will be looking to avenge its worst defeat of the 2016 season, a 49-10 loss in Ann Arbor. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines have met every season since 2013 in conference games. All time, the Nittany Lions are 7-13 against the Wolverines, including a 4-6 mark at Beaver Stadium.

By the Numbers: Penn State drops Northwestern

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field.

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

41,061: game attendance.

381: offensive yards for Penn State.

374: career completions for Trace McSorley, who’s now eight all-time at Penn State.

265: offensive yards for Northwestern.

Penn State predictions: Taming the Wildcats

The No. 4 Nittany Lions are rolling.

What you need to know: No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern

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 Northwestern, noon kickoff Eastern Time (11 a.m. local), broadcast on ABC.

Records: Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), Northwestern (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten)

Venue: Ryan Field, capacity of 47,130.

Weather forecast (via AccuWeather): high of 75 degrees; mostly cloudy and breezy with a touch of rain.

By the Numbers: Penn State clubs Indiana

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 45-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

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

107,542: game attendance.

370: offensive yards for Penn State.

352: offensive yards for Indiana.

315: passing yards for Trace McSorley

205: all-purpose yards for Saquon Barkley.

For PSU students, there's nothing like Nittanyville

UNIVERSITY PARK – On seven autumn Saturdays every year, State College is flooded with tens of thousands of football frenzied Nittany Lions fans.

But for a select group of Penn State students, the celebration of Blue and White football extends far beyond the confines of a Saturday filled with tailgates and touchdowns.


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