Nittany Lions gear up for Big Ten opener in unfamiliar environs

Stevens gives Lions another big weapon

NU opens Big Ten play with Penn State road test

Wadley scored twice and finished with 155 total yards on 19 carries and four receptions.

Now the stakes get cranked up a notch.

Penn State meets a fellow 3-0 team at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday night in what should be a very exciting way to kick off the Big Ten schedule. "The reality is we have a lot of players that weren't - that are playing for us now that weren't on the field". What's different is that they're scoring at a much higher clip (33 point per game) -at least early on- than they did in 2016 (24.9 points per). A mediocre first three games means Penn State has to play almost ideal for the rest of the season. If they can find success on the ground against the Nittany Lions, wearing down the defense and keeping the Penn State offense on the sideline, the Hawkeyes could put themselves in a position to pull off the upset at the end of the game. "You can see first-hand why they were the Big Ten champs past year". "We've invested in it, and were really getting a lot of return on our investment right now". A stroke back are the Nittany Lions' Cara Basso and Jackie Rogowicz. Since Franklin became Penn State coach in 2014, the Nittany Lions have won both of their games against the Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium. If the Nittany Lions are to beat the rest of the stiff competition in the Big Ten East, special teams will likely continue to be a huge factor.

The Hawkeyes' last top-five home defeat had been in 2006 against Ohio State. Every team faces a scare on the road, but the ones that survive them are the ones that remain in the playoff conversation, the Nittany Lions did just that tonight. This was as complete a game as you will see from a player this season.

"Get the ball back for our offense", Allen said.

Barkley continues to defy his own lofty expectations and has a strong argument as the best player in college football, but the Penn State offense is still not in great shape.

As incredible and versatile as Barkley is, the Nittany Lions will need a lot more to beat MI and Ohio State later in the year.

The Lions have a new snapper and holder this season, so Franklin said the most important thing is to get everyone on the same page.

Wide receiver Brandon Polk and backup quarterback Tommy Stevens, who has been used as a runner/receiver at times, each caught touchdown passes last week and should play bigger roles moving forward.

Penn State has won its past three conference road games - at Purdue, Rutgers and IN - after not claiming a single away victory through five straight Big Ten games IN 2014-15.

But none of those three wins came against above-.500 teams. The Nittany Lions steamrolled through their first three opponents at home by a combined score of 141-14, and their bevy of offensive stars shined brightly in last week's rout of Georgia State. I think defensively, it's just making sure we stay connected as a unit. "Each game stands alone. So I think we'll be more prepared from an experience standpoint". Give me a running back who can jump over a standing defensive back, who can constantly turn rushes destined to lose two yards into 8-yard gains. The preseason All-American ranks fourth in the nation in yards from scrimmage at 182.7 per game with five touchdowns. On the Hawkeyes first three drives, the Lions completely bottled up Iowa running back Akrum Wadley and quarterback Nate Stanley. Sorry, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold and anyone else with Heisman dreams dancing in their head: But until further notice, Barkley is the leader for the prized bronze bauble.

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