Penn State has a two-game winning streak in Big Ten openers, having defeated Rutgers the past two years. However, Michigan is a whole new ballgame, having been ranked in the top five since preseason and going 3-0 to start the season. Their most dangerous player is arguable Jabril Peppers, who is the current Big Ten Special Teams and Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
The Nittany Lions are prepared for the challenge. With players like Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.), who has notched countless touchdowns already this season and quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.), who currently leads the Big Ten in passing yards with 828, Penn State should feel confident heading into this game.
Unfortunately, linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White (Philadelphia, Pa.) will be out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury. Former safety Koa Farmer (Lake View Terrace, Calif.) will be moved from safety to linebacker to improve on defensive depth.
Head Coach James Franklin spoke about moderation and staying calm against the Wolverines this weekend.
“For quarterbacks, making decisions with where to go with the football and then receiver’s mentality when the ball is in the air, nobody comes down with it but us.
Linebacker and breakout star Brandon Smith (Winfield, Pa.) mirrored Franklin’s calm, cool, and collected approach to heading to Michigan this week.
“It’s just fun… that’s what the game’s all about,” said Smith. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve always liked going on the road…
We couldn’t, agree more, Brandon! Nittany Nation can tune in at 3:30 p.m. for the kickoff to what is sure to be an epic Big Ten opener.