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Encore: Barkley collects first-team All-Conference honor

UNIVERSITY PARK – Another day, more awards for the Penn State football team.

Today, Nittany Lion all-everything running back Saquon Barkley was named first-team all-Big Ten running back for the second consecutive year, joining five teammates on the all-conference team.

Where will Penn State's bowl destination be?

UNIVERSITY PARK – The regular season is in the books.

Penn State won its final three games (Rutgers, Nebraska, Maryland) in impressive fashion to finish the season at 10-2. Now, let the bowl projections begin.

The experts at CBS, ESPN and Sports Illustrated are projecting a trip to Arlington, Texas for the Nittany Lions. Arlington is the home of the Cotton Bowl. The game will be played on Dec. 29 but is still considered one of the New Year’s Six bowls. The New Year’s Six consists of the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange and Peach – along with the College Football Playoff games.

By the Numbers: Penn State rips Maryland

Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 66-3 victory over Maryland on Saturday at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

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

49,680: game attendance.

3,228: season passing yards for Trace McSorley, good for third on the Lions’ season passing list.

534: offensive yards for Penn State.

Penn State predictions: The regular season finale

The Penn State football team will close off a wildly successful season on Saturday at Maryland. The Nittany Lions are a 21-point favorite as the season comes to a close. It’s the final week of the season, which typically features a rival.

There's a lot to be thankful for, Nittany Nation

If you’re a Penn State sports fan, there’s a lot to be thankful for these days.

Let’s take a look around at all of the wonderful things going on at Penn State.

Penn State football – The Nittany Lions are a 21-point favorite at Maryland on Saturday. Barring complete college football craziness, Penn State will finish the regular season at 10-2 and ranked in the Top 10.

What you need to know: No. 12 Penn State at Maryland

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 Maryland, 3:30 p.m. kickoff, broadcast on BTN.

Records: Penn State 9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, Maryland 4-7, 2-6 Big Ten.

Venue: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, capacity 54,000.

Weather forecast (via AccuWeather): High of 56 degrees, with periods of clouds and sun.

Nittany Notes: Movement in the AP poll for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK – Another week, another move in the polls.

Penn State moved up a spot in the AP Top 25 poll. The Nittany Lions are now sitting at No. 12. Oklahoma State’s loss sent the Cowboys tumbling eight spots and enabled some movement in the poll.

The 11 teams ahead of Penn State are: 1. Alabama (11-0); 2. Miami (10-0); 3. Oklahoma (10-1); 4. Clemson (10-1); 5. Wisconsin (11-0); 6. Auburn (9-2); 7. Georgia (10-1); 8. Ohio State (9-2); 9. Notre Dame (9-2); 10. TCU (9-2); 11. USC (10-2).

Penn State by the Numbers: Week 11 (Nebraska)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 56-44 victory over Nebraska on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

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

106,722: game attendance Saturday.

106,707: average home attendance in 2017, the highest since 2009 (107,008).

3,629: career rushing yards for Saquon Barkley, who trails Evan Royster (3,982) for the all-time mark.

Penn State Predictions: Lions come down the stretch

UNIVERSITY PARK – Down the stretch they come.

The Penn State football team will play its final home game of the season on Saturday when Nebraska visits Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions need a win to keep their New Year’s Day Bowl hopes alive.

Needless to say, it’s a must win.

The Lions are facing a struggling Nebraska team that is hovering around the .500 mark.

This will be the last home game for 23 seniors and most likely, Saquon Barkley.

Will the Lions get the crucial W? Let’s see what our staff had to say:

Column: Stand up and shout (for the seniors)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Senior Day is always emotional. Long after the sun sets on Beaver Stadium Saturday night, the Penn State football team’s seniors will walk off the field for the final time.

It will be tough to watch. And it should be. This is a special group.

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