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:

Walking through the Beaver Stadium tunnel: What makes it special?

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.

PSU stars share memories of football and food

"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.

Five questions with Jason Cabinda

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.

Stripe Out, White Out: All the game themes

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

Savor this season: Guys this fun to watch don't come around often

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.

Cool, calm and comfortable: Stevens ready for 'second step'


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.

Nittany Lions ranked No. 6 in preseason AP Poll

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).

Summer six-pack: Six burning questions for this season

The answers to these questions could end up in history books when it’s all said and done…

1. What does Joe Moorhead do in year 2?

The former Fordham head coach was just the maestro Penn State needed to reconfigure and lead its offense. 


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