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What you need to know: No. 4 Penn State vs. Pitt

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. Pitt, 3:30 p.m., broadcast on ABC

Records: No. 4 Penn State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Pitt (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

Venue: Beaver Stadium, where Penn State has won eight straight and 14 of its last 15 games.

Pitt-PSU: The hottest ticket in town

Are you looking for tickets for this weekend’s Pitt-Penn State game? Well, you’re not alone.

The ticket for the non-conference game is, without a doubt, the hottest ticket since last year’s Whiteout game against Ohio State. That game, of course, was a thrilling 24-21 Penn State victory. It is considered the signature win of head coach James Franklin’s short tenure in Happy Valley.

Pitt defeated Penn State, 42-39, last season at Heinz Field. This year, the scene shifts to Happy Valley.

Penn State-Akron: By the Numbers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the pertinent numbers from Penn State’s 52-0 victory over Akron on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

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

569: total yards of offense for Penn State.

101,684: game attendance.

280: passing yards by Trace McSorley; he finished 18-of-25 with two touchdowns, both to tight end Mike Gesicki

PSU vs. Akron: Good, Bad and Ugly

Well, that was a statement.

Penn State opened the 2017 campaign with an impressive 52-0 drubbing of Akron at Beaver Stadium on a waterlogged Saturday afternoon. It was, without a doubt, the most impressive opener in the James Franklin Era.

Each and every week at HappyValley.com, we’ll take a look at the highlights of the game with a feature called The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Here’s our Week One report:

Video: Team arrives for season opener

The Penn State football team got its season off on the right foot with a 45-0 drubbing of Akron at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Check out HappyValley.com's exclusive video of the team arriving at Beaver Stadium.

Robinson embraces role, maintains motivation

Increased confidence. More familiarity with the offense. Better able to recognize defenses and anticipate blitzes.

This is the 2017 version of Andre Robinson, a redshirt sophomore running back for the Penn State football team who started to come into his own last year.

After this year’s Blue-White game —  during which Robinson caught a touchdown — running backs coach Charles Huff described Robinson as an efficient runner, a characterization that Huff said has roots in Robinson’s high school days.

What's new at Beaver Stadium in 2017?

Hello, old friend.

Are you one of the 100,000-plus fans headed to Beaver Stadium on Saturday when the No. 6 Nittany Lions take on Akron at noon? If you are, there are some new things to be on the lookout for.

Here they are, in no specific order.

New entry lanes – According to a press release on www.gopsusports.com, Penn State has added 31 new entry lanes to Beaver Stadium and relocated or removed obstructions near Gate A.

Penn State Predictions: Akron, Akron, Akron ...

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:

What you need to know: Akron at Penn State

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.

What to look forward to at Beaver Stadium in 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:

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