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:
Michael Kresovich, sports intern: Look for the Penn State offense to light up the scoreboard in the season opener. Penn State Shuts out the Zips in convincing style.
Penn State 35, Akron 0.
Matt Lingerman, sports intern: Expect James Franklin to take some early shots downfield against an Akron team ranked 98th in scoring defense last year. The Nittany Lions will look to put on a show in front of what should be a close-to-capacity crowd. If all goes according to plan, the starters could be out of the game by the start of the second half.
Penn State 42, Akron 10.
Chris Morelli, managing editor: There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Nittany Lions and with good reason – this a very, very good football team. Look for PSU to pick up where it left off in the 2016 regular season. Enjoy the tailgating, because this one will be over early.
Penn State 41, Akron 6.
John Patishnock, beat writer: This game feels like it should be a blowout, and it probably will be, but season openers can always be tricky. And it took Penn State’s offense a few games last year before really figuring things out with Joe Moorhead’s uptempo approach. Quarterback Trace McSorley is one of many players saying the offense is way ahead of where it was a year ago — when the Lions averaged 38 points per game.
Penn State 55, Akron 13.
Abbi Sales, sports intern: Penn State is ready to hit the field and start the season off with a victory against Akron. The Zips have only won 13 games combined over the last two seasons making it tough to say they can fight off the defending Big Ten champs.
Penn State 41, Akron 7.