EPISODE NO. 2 NO NAME ALL GAME PODCAST PRESENTED BY THE COLLEGIATE REVIEW

 

Episode No. 2 of the No Name All Game Podcast presented by the Altoona Collegiate Review. Hosts Connor and Brandon take a look back on what went right and wrong for Penn State in their 17-12 win over Iowa last Saturday. Then they preview this years Whiteout game vs Michigan. Lastly, they look forward to the College Football slate this upcoming weekend and have a very impassioned rant about the lack of joy in an Almond Joy.

The No Name All Game Podcast is hosted by Collegiate Review writer Connor Donohue and his co-host Brandon Bowen.  The show is about Penn State Football by the student, for the fan.  Connor and Brandon have both grown up with Penn State Football and now as students would like to share their knowledge and opinions on the Nittnay Lions as they continue their 2019 season.  This weekly show will be posted here on the Altoona Collegiate Review website and the new Collegiate Review Soundcloud.  WE ARE!

Wolverine Showdown in the Whiteout

That was definitely not fun.  It’s always weird when Penn State plays Iowa in Kinnick at night and nothing changed this past Saturday.  But, for all the pain we suffered during that game Saturday night, we were rewarded. Penn State defeated Iowa 17-12 and now has moved to 6-0 on the season. Penn State’s offense, especially Sean Clifford, struggled mightily in this game against the stout Iowa defense. But through the ashes rose one man to save us all, Noah Cain. Cain carried the offense on his back as he averaged 4.6 yards per carry, ran for 102 yards and scored the crucial touchdown that would seal the win for the Nittany Lions. He proved that he is a big-time player and established himself as the best running back on this Penn State roster.

This game was never going to be won by offense and the Penn State defense delivered big-time.  The Penn State front seven held Iowa to only 70 rushing yards and only allowed one touchdown late into the game. The secondary struggled a bit. They bent but they never broke. Robert Windsor stepped up big for the Nittany Lions in this game. The fifth-year senior accumulated 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. He, along with Shaka Toney and Yetur Gross-Matos, disrupted Nate Stanley all game and stifled Iowa’s rushing attack.

Also, a shout-out to John O’Neil and his crews’ masterful screwjob referring performance on Saturday night. Penn State had 8 penalties for 80 yards, a lot of them were ghost calls, compared to Iowa’s one penalty for five yards. The best part of the night came on Pat Friermuth’s no-touchdown call. Only John O’Neil would masterfully change the ruling of an obvious touchdown against Penn State. It’s not like he’s screwed Penn State against Nebraska in 2012 or against Ohio State in 2014 and 2017. He did overturn an obvious targeting call against Shaka Toney in the fourth quarter, so let’s not be so hard on him. All love towards John O’Neil; may your life as a Big Ten official be short long and plentiful.

Now that that gong show of a game is behind us, it’s time. It’s been circled on the calendar since it was announced. It’s the game of the week in college football, the game of the season at Beaver Stadium. Whiteout conditions are expected. It’s time to look at the Wolverines from the University of Michigan.

At First Glance…

Coaching titan Jim Haurbauh has his Wolverines entering this game against the Nittany Lions at a decent 5-1 record. Their schedule so far has been dotted with some good teams and not so very good teams. Michigan started the season playing against Middle Tennessee and Army. Both games saw a concerning trend start to appear, a lackluster offense. The opening game against Middle Tennessee, even though Michigan won 40-21, was closer then the score made it out to be. Then came the Army game. The main lesson from this game was that no one in his right mind should schedule the triple-option, hard-hitting Army as a non-conference opponent. Army had multiple chances to win it, including a last-second regulation field goal that they missed. It would take a Michigan takeaway in double overtime to secure a close 24-21 victory over Army.

Michigan’s only loss of the season came in Week 3 against Wisconsin. The 35-14 scoreline was not an indication of the game, as the score made the game closer than it appeared. Wisconsin ran all over Michigan with Jonathan Taylor torching the Wolverine defense in a monster performance.  On top of that, Michigan had a horrendous offensive performance, one that saw quarterback Shea Patterson replaced. The slaughter at Camp Randall was an embarrassment for Michigan and really showed all of the flaws that this Michigan team has.

The last three weeks have also be concerning for Michigan, outside of the Rutgers game in Week 4.  Michigan played Iowa Week 5 and only won 10-3. We saw this past weekend how good the Iowa defense is, but that game between Iowa and Michigan was even more unwatchable then Iowa vs. Penn State. Michigan then travelled to a bad Illinois team this past Saturday and jumped out to a 28-0 lead. Lovie Smith’s Fighting Illini crawled almost all the way back, as they scored 25 unanswered points on Michigan before the Wolverines pulled away to win 42-25.  Michigan’s season has been a turbulent one, but they have pulled wins out of the bag and enter this game at a respectable 5-1.

A Deeper Look …

As I talked about before, the Michigan offense is subpar and that’s being nice.  The man under center for the Wolverines is one of the most polarizing players in college football, Shea Patterson. When Patterson is on, he’s on, but when he’s off, he’s really off. He has thrown for 1,246 yards for 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He has also rushed for 4 touchdowns.  Patterson’s numbers show that he has been average, but his season has been up and down. Patterson’s best game came against the lowly Rutgers. He threw for one touchdown, but ran for three. His worst games have come against ranked opponents Iowa and Wisconsin. His performance was so bad against Wisconsin that Harbaugh took out his star man and tried to get a look at other quarterback options. Patterson has shown at times his ability as a dangerous dual-threat quarterback, but he has also showed he has the ability of junior-year Christian Hackenberg.

Michigan’s offense is one similar to Iowa’s in that it lacks true game changers. Patterson’s most notable weapon is Donovan Peoples-Jones. The junior out of Detroit is an electric game-changer who is very dangerous on the big play. Peoples-Jones has struggled this year, though, only hauling in 12 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He also missed the first two games of the season with a lingering groin injury. Michigan’s receiving core at the top has been a mixture of Ronnie Bell, Nico Collins, and Tarik Black. Nico Collins did not play vs. Illinois and his status is still up in the air for the game against Penn State. Still, expect to see all four of them split time and receptions against Penn State.

Michigan’s running attack has been lead by freshman running back Zach Charbonnet. The freshman has rushed for 376 yards and five touchdowns. As of Monday, October 14, Charbonnet is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury he picked up during the Illinois game. He’s still expected to play vs. the Nittany Lions, but possibly in a limited role. Behind him is Hassan Haskins and Christian Turner. Both are capable backs and both may see more carries vs. Penn State due to Charbonnet’s injury.

Similar to Iowa, Michigan’s team boosts a lethal defensive unit. All three levels of the defense can match up to any other defense in the nation, including Penn State. Two of Michigan’s leaders on defense are junior defensive linemen Kwity Paye and senior cornerback Lavert Hill. Paye, the team’s sack leader, and Hill, the leading man in the secondary, both did not make the trip to Illinois last week due to undisclosed injuries. Jim Harbaugh declined to go in-depth during his press conference on October 14, but he said, “If I were to comment on it, it would be a positive comment.” Having both of those players in the game against Penn State will be crucial to the Wolverines’ effort in Happy Valley. Michigan is most dangerous in its linebacking core. Expect to see Khaleke Hudson, Jordan Glasgow and Cameron McGrone really disrupt the Nittany Lions’ offensive rhythm in this game.

Connor’s Keys to the Game

Michigan – Let it Fly

Michigan is coming in as an underdog this game and rightfully so. The Penn State defense and the whiteout environment will be Michigan’s biggest issues in this game. I can see Michigan having success in this game if Patterson and his receivers can establish the passing game.  Michigan has an extremely talented receiving core and Penn State’s weakest link on defense has proved to be the secondary. Look for Shea Patterson to target Tariq Castro-Fields, who has struggled for Penn State, in one-on-one coverage, and youngsters like Keaton Ellis, in this game.  Nothing shuts up a crowd like a big play through the air. If Michigan can establish offense through the air, especially early in this game, they may have a chance to come out of Happy Valley with a win.  

Penn State – Find What Works

Penn State is into the nitty-gritty of the schedule and the time for experimenting is over.  Michigan’s defense is very good, so Penn State needs to find what will work for them offensively. If it’s the run, then run the ball, and if it’s the pass, pass the ball. There’s no need to commit to one thing and force it down Michigan’s throat as in games earlier in the season. Let Clifford do what he’s comfortable with because if he’s in this game, Michigan will be in trouble.  Expect to see a mixture of plays from this Penn State offense, with many different playmakers getting touches. Let Clifford get comfortable, get the ball to players like KJ Hamler, Pat Friermuth, and Noah Cain, and Penn State will put up points and win this game.

Predictions

I could not be more excited for this game. Last week proved something about this Penn State team. It proved that this Penn State team is legit, especially on defense. To hold a ranked team to only 70 rushing yards on the road is nothing short of dominant. I’m expecting to see the Penn State defense feast on Shea Patterson and the Michigan offense. I don’t think it will be like the Iowa game, though. I expect Michigan to string together a couple drives and challenge the defense a little bit. Michigan needs to get its offensive playmakers the ball and that will rest on the shoulders of Shea Patterson.

The Penn State offense vs. the Michigan defense will be the biggest question mark. This season has shown Michigan can suffocate an offense, but it has also shown that it can be fragile. Expect Penn State’s superstars to step up big-time. Penn State’s offense will be on the shoulders of Sean Clifford, Noah Cain, and KJ Hamler. If they get going, Michigan is screwed.

The last couple iterations of this game have been blowouts back and forth, but don’t expect it this time. Both defenses are too good to let that happen. With that being said, I am confident in Penn State’s ability to suffocate the Michigan offense and put up enough points on the Michigan defense to win this game. Also, let’s not forget it’s a whiteout so Beaver Stadium will play a factor in this game.

Score Prediction: Penn State 35, Michigan 17 

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, on ABC.  Games like this are the reason you go to Penn State. This will be my third-ever whiteout game and it’s going to be electric. If you have the chance to be their Saturday, even if it’s just to tailgate, go. The experience of a whiteout game is unmatched in American sports. College Gameday will be rolling through town and I can say from experience it’s a place you need to stop by for at least a couple of minutes. Penn State comes in ranked No. 7 while Michigan comes in ranked No. 16. It will be a heavyweight battle and it will not disappoint. So as Coach James Franklin says, “It begins with I love you and ends with I love you.”  Let’s make this a Saturday to remember. WE ARE!

 

A Tale as Old as Time: Under the Lights in Kinnick

A win’s a win and that’s what Nittany Nation got this past weekend. Penn State moved to 5-0 on the season after a convincing homecoming victory over Purdue by a score of 35-7. The Nittany Lion offense put 28 points up on Purdue through little over a quarter but managed to only put up a touchdown the rest of the game. Although Penn State struggled on offense for a big chunk of this game, the Penn State defense arguably put in their best performance yet. The defense sacked Jake Plummer 10 times, with Shaka Toney leading the way with 3 of those sacks. Although the Penn State offense struggled, Sean Clifford still had a decent overall game, going 20 of 29 for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Penn State’s offensive MVP of this game was true freshman running back Noah Cain. Cain leads the Nittany Lions on the ground, rushing 12 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.  

It was a boring game for 3 quarters, but Penn State is 1-0 for the week. Now the gauntlet begins and it’s time to see what this team is truly made of. The first hurdle is the Hawkeyes from the University of Iowa.  

At First Glance…

Kirk Ferentz has his Hawkeyes right where he usually has them, with a good record and a chance to compete in the Big Ten West. The Hawkeyes currently sit at 4-1 on the season and ranked No. 19 in the AP Poll.  

Iowa’s first 4 games of the season didn’t change the narrative around this team. Iowa faced a slate of Miami (OH), Rutgers, Iowa State, and Middle Tennessee. Three of those four games proved to be no worry at all for Iowa, as it convincingly beat Miami, Rutgers, and Middle Tennessee without breaking a sweat. The game against Iowa State was a close one. It came down to the last-minute special teams blunder from the Cyclones to give Iowa a win against a good Iowa State team.

Last week was the game that showed the country what the Hawkeyes are. The Hawkeyes traveled to the Big House to take on a struggling, but ranked, Michigan squad. The game was a blast from the past, as both teams went old-school Big Ten football and relied heavily on their running game and defense to win this game. Michigan jumped out to a 10-0 lead early in the game and held it for all 4 quarters. Iowa turned the ball over 4 times, ran for a total of 1 yard, and could only muster a field goal, as they lost to Michigan 10-3 and dropped to 4-1 on the season.

A Deeper Look…

This Iowa team is like any other Iowa team from the past, a bad offense led by a good defense. On the offensive side of the ball, the man under center is senior quarterback Nate Stanley. The third-year starting quarterback on paper has had a good season, but the numbers are inflated due to their lack of good opposition. Against the bad teams Iowa has played in Miami, Rutgers, and Middle Tennessee, Stanley threw for 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Against Iowa State and Michigan, Stanley threw for 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, all against Michigan last week. He was also sacked a total of 8 times vs Michigan, which was 2 more than his entire season total at the time. Stanley is an experienced play-caller who can keep an offense organized, but is rarely the piece that will win the Hawkeyes a football game against a good team.

Iowa’s offense outside of Stanley is also one that lacks a true game-breaker, a difference-maker. Iowa’s feature back is junior Mekhi Sargent. He put up good numbers in Iowa’s wins over Miami (OH) and Middle Tennessee, but outside of those games has nothing really to show for. His total of two touchdowns leads the Hawkeyes on the ground. Expect to also see Toren Young and Tyler Goodson get a good amount of touches at the running back position as the game against Penn State gets into the latter stages. Iowa will look to the wide receiver duo of Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Brandon Smith to get things going through the air. Both have decent numbers on the year and have accounted for 6 of Iowa’s 8 touchdowns through the air this year. Iowa’s biggest offseason loss came at the tight end position, as they lost both T.J Hockenson and Noah Fant in the first round of the NFL Draft last year. The loss of that dynamic duo has seen a big part of Iowa’s offense from last year disappear, resulting in the currently struggling Iowa offense.

Even though the offense is a sinking boat, a Kirk Ferentz-led Iowa team always has a good defense. The defensive efficacy rate ranks 12th best in the entire country. The talent Iowa has on all three levels on defense matches up with the best in college football. Iowa’s defensive line is led by stud defensive end A.J Epenesa. The junior hasn’t put up monster numbers so far this season, but the junior can wreak havoc in the backfield and will surely be looking at his NFL options at the end of this year. The linebacking core is highlighted by Iowa’s leading tackler Kristian Welch. The senior has accounted for 38 tackles so far this season and will be used in a lot of blitz packages against Penn State. Iowa’s secondary is their strongest defensive unit, as it’s highlighted by Jack Koerner, Geno Stone, and Micheal Okemudia. Expect to see Penn State’s receivers struggle against their biggest task of the year.

Connor’s Keys to the Game…

Penn State – Turnovers

Nate Stanley threw three interceptions against Michigan and that was no mistake. Michigan forced Stanley into bad decisions by getting after the quarterback. In a game where defense is going to win the day, a positive turnover margin is what’s going to get Penn State the win. Iowa’s offensive line looked atrocious against a lethal Michigan pass rush and that may be an indication of what Penn State is going to come up against. Penn State almost broke the school record for sacks against Purdue, so expect to see Stanley get rushed a lot in this game. Force Stanley into an interception or two, give Clifford positive field position and expect Penn State to get out of Kinnick with the win.

Iowa – Make Clifford Uncomfortable

Similar to Penn State, Iowa will need to get after the quarterback. But, unlike Stanley, Clifford is the type of player who can win Penn State this football game. With that being said, this is his first “true” road test in his career. Clifford has never seen a defense as good as Iowa and that’s the advantage Iowa needs to exploit. Iowa needs to spice up their defensive packages and keep Clifford guessing. Expect to see a lot of flipping between zone and man coverage. Also, expect to see Iowa send a lot of blitzes to take advantage of Penn State’s weak offensive line. Iowa knows their offense is not going to win them this game, so if they can cut off the head of the Penn State offense in Clifford, Iowa will have a very good chance of winning this football game.

Predictions

This game is going to suck. If you are a neutral fan and you have the option to watch this game or watch paint dry, please watch paint dry. This game is going to epitomize the type of Big Ten football I grew up watching. The type of football where you ask yourself, “why do I do this to myself?” It will be a defensive battle like you have never seen before. For the older fans out there, does the date October 23rd, 2004 ring a bell? If it doesn’t allow me to enlighten you on what happened on that fateful day. Penn State quarterback Zack Mills would throw for 82 yards and two interceptions, Iowa would kick two field goals, Penn State’s defense would get two safeties, and Iowa defeated Penn State by a score of 6-4. Now that score is extreme and won’t happen (hopefully), but it’s going to feel like that game all over again. Not to mention, it’s a night game in Kinnick. Last time this happened, it took No. 4 Penn State a monster game from Saquon Barkley and last-minute heroics from Trace McSorley to escape with a win over a non-ranked Iowa squad.  

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, defense will win this game. Iowa has a better secondary and Penn State has a better linebacking unit. So it comes down to the defensive line. It’s close, but I’m riding with the Wild Dogs. Shaka Toney, Jason Oweh, Yetur Gross-Matos, and that Penn State D-line will be the reason Penn State walks out of Kinnick with a win. Also, one of the offenses will have to make a play. Penn State has KJ Hamler and Iowa does not have KJ Hamler.  

Score Prediction – Penn State 16, Iowa 10

Expect to watch the worst football game of your life. Expect to hate yourself during this game and question why God put you on this path of Penn State fandom. You may hate it, but secretly you wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s Penn State football, for crying out loud, and even though it’s the sort of relationship that makes you go to the lowest of lows, it’s also the type of relationship that will put you on the highest of highs. Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m., Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa, strap in because it’s going to be a doozy of a game. As our head coach James Franklin always says, “It begins with I love you and ends with I love you.” Let’s get it. WE ARE!!!

 

Trouble on the Tracks? Dissecting the Boilermakers from Purdue

Well that was fun.  Penn State is 4-0 after a lopsided victory over Maryland last Friday night by a score of 59-0.  The Nittany Lions dominated on both sides of the ball and assured that the fears a lot of the pundits and fans were overstated.  Sean Clifford had his breakout game, going 26 for 31 through the air for 398 yards for 3 Touchdowns. He also lead the Nittany Lions on the ground, rushing 7 times for 54 yards and a touchdown.  Nittany Lion superstar KJ Hamler also had his biggest game of the year, hauling in 6 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Topped off by a monster performance on the defensive side of the ball, the Maryland Terrapins never stood a chance against the No. 12 Nittany Lions. Shout out to the traveling Penn State fans who turned the black out into a white out and made Maryland Stadium feel like home.  But enough about last week, it’s time for the focus to shift to this Saturday’s opponents, the Boilermakers from the University of Purdue.

At First Glance…

The Boilermakers under Head Coach Jeff Brohm have always been an up-and-down team during his tenure.  This year has proven to be no different, as Purdue enters this game sitting at a disappointing 1-3 on the season. 

The season started on the road, on a Friday night, at Nevada.  Purdue entered the season with high hopes following their 6-7 finish last year.  Last year’s team did manage to defeat three ranked teams in No. 23 Boston College, No. 19 Iowa, and No. 2 Ohio State, in what was one of the best nights in Purdue’s football history.  The game against Nevada was an exciting back-and-forth affair that featured massive offensive performances from both teams. In the end, the game came down to Nevada’s walk-on freshman kicker Brandon Talton and a 57-yard field goal.  Talton nailed the field goal, earned a scholarship after the game, and was the feel-good story from week 1 in college football. The feel good story was a punch in the gut to Purdue, who failed to get over their first hurdle of the season.

The Boilermakers bounced back the next week, defeating an overmatched SEC opponent in Vanderbilt on the back of a monster performance from quarterback Elijah Sindelar.  The high of victory didn’t last long, as the last two weeks have not been kind to Purdue. The TCU Horned Frogs visited Ross Ade Stadium in week 3 and easily handled Purdue by a score of 34-13.  Last week was the beginning of Purdue’s conference slate where they hosted fellow Big Ten West foe, the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Yet again Purdue failed to get anything going and fell to Minnesota in a close game, 38-31.  The Boilermakers are entering this game in Happy Valley on the down slope.

A Deeper Look…

If this article was written last week, it would’ve been littered with warnings about one man, Rondale Moore.  Moore emerged last year as one of the most electrifying and explosive playmakers in all of college football. Moore is the leading receiver for Purdue, hauling in 29 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns to start the season.  He was lining up to be the X-Factor for Purdue going into this game, until he pulled up with an injury during the game last week. Moore appeared to have hyperextended his knee on a play, keeping him out for the rest of the game against Minnesota.  As of Monday, September 30 at 10am, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reported Moore’s injury to be a hamstring injury and not the knee injury that was initially reported. Moore’s status for Saturday is up in the air, but one has to assume Purdue will err on the side of caution and keep him out or limit his snaps vs the Nittany Lions.  Expect to see true freshman David Bell step into Moore’s wide receiver one slot and 5th year senior tight end and touchdown leader Brycen Hopkins to have a big say through the air in this game.

Another X-Factor in this game was lining up to be quarterback Elijah Sindelar.  Sindelar, a senior from Princeton, Kentucky, came back into form this year following an injury riddled 2018, throwing for 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions during Purdue’s opening games. Last week vs Minnesota, Sindelar suffered an injury on the same play as Rondale Moore, forcing him out of that game as well.  Mike Carmin of Lafayette Journal reported Monday, September 30, that Sindelar suffered a broken clavicle, which requires surgery and will keep Sindelar out for the majority of the season.  Next man up for Purdue is redshirt freshman Jake Plummer. Plummer started and saw significant snaps in Purdue’s loss to TCU and also saw a lot of time in Sindelar’s place during the Minnesota game.  Plummer had thrown 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions during his time at quarterback and will have to face a daunting task against a top-tier Nittany Lion defense on Saturday.

Who isn’t injured for the Boilermakers?  With their main offensive weapons out, expect to see a lot of younger players get in and try to get something going against the Nittany Lion defense.  On the defensive side of the ball, Purdue will be lead by senior linebacker Ben Holt. The transfer from Western Kentucky is coming off a monster year, accounting for 116 tackles with the Hilltoppers last year.  He’s picked up right where he left off to start the season, already accounting for 44 tackles, which leads the Boilermakers. Sophomore Dedrick Mackey leads the Purdue secondary, accounting for 18 tackles and 1 interception of the year.  Overall, Purdue does not boast a strong defensive unit, as they rank 113 out of 130 in total defense according to NCAA.com.

Connor’s Keys to the Game…

Penn State- Let the Lawn Boyz Loose

Penn State did what I said they needed to do last week, control possession.  They did this but drastically improving on their 3rd down conversion rate, as they converted 9-of-13 third downs.  Penn State also lead in time of possessions, having the ball for 33 minutes compared to Maryland’s 26 minutes. They had sustained drives, which is good, but they still failed to establish the running game. Out of Penn State’s 198 rushing yards, 92 of them came from Sean Clifford and Will Levis during garbage time.  They failed to let the Lawn Boyz loose.

If there’s any game to do it before the challenges start coming, that time is now.  By committee or not, Penn State’s rushing attack needs to get going. To be a top team in the Big Ten and compete with Ohio State, Penn State needs an all around offense.  We know Clifford can sling it, which is great, but we now need to finally see a big game on the ground from the running back unit, a.k.a the Lawn Boyz. Let them loose, establish the run against a bad Purdue defense, and Penn State will breeze through this game.

Purdue- Next Man Up

I want Purdue to be good, I really do.  A fun, chaotic Purdue team can make a boring Big Ten West division fun.  The truth is that this team hasn’t been good to start the year and now injuries have made them worse.  So all they can do is go with the next man up. Jake Plummer is going to face one of the best defenses in the country, which means he needs to play the game of his life.  Rondale Moore may play in this game, it’s still not announced as of Monday, September 30, but the assumption is that he will either get very limited snaps or no snaps at all.  David Bell will have to really step up in Moore’s absence to try and give Plummer help.  

If Purdue wants the upset, they got to play risky.  Purdue will have to pull out all the stops on offense to try and get past the dominant Penn State defense.  Defensively, keep Sean Clifford uncomfortable and take advantage of a sub-par offensive line for the Nittany Lions.  Keep the score within 10 points by half time and maybe the chance for victory is there.

Predictions

Penn State is on the highest of highs right now and Purdue is on the lowest of lows.  A couple weeks ago I was scared of this game, now I’m really not. Purdue is short handed on offense and has one of the worst defenses in the country.  I can see some early game scares and Purdue possibly even scoring first in this game. Never discount a Jeff Brohm lead team against a highly ranked opponent.  But, in the end, Penn State should prevail without many issues. Insert a healthy Rondale Moore into this game, the dynamic may change, but I don’t see that happening.  Expect to see Sean Clifford sling it and the Lawn Boyz get to work in this game.

Score Prediction- Penn State 45, Purdue 10

Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, back in the comfy confines of Beaver Stadium.  It’s the last easy game before the gauntlet of tough games begin, so enjoy what should be a great performance from the Nittany Lions.  Set your alarms early, fire up the grill, get some grilled stickies and bacon, and be their loud and proud. Ladies and gentlemen, ARE YOU READY FOR PENN STATE FOOTBALL! Lets get it, WE ARE!

 

Episode No. 1 No Name All Game Podcast presented by the Collegiate Review

Episode No. 1 of the No Name All Game Podcast presented by the Collegiate Review. Hosts Connor and Brandon take a look back on what went right and wrong for Penn State in their 17-10 win over Pitt 2 weeks ago. Then they take a look forward to Friday and Penn State’s matchup against Maryland. Lastly, they take a look around college football and go over the big games and storylines from weeks 4 and 5 of the season.

The No Name All Game Podcast is hosted by Collegiate Review writer Connor Donohue and his co-host Brandon Bowen.  The show is about Penn State Football by the student, for the fan.  Connor and Brandon have both grown up with Penn State Football and now as students would like to share their knowledge and opinions on the Nittnay Lions as they continue their 2019 season.  This weekly show will be posted here on the Altoona Collegiate Review website and the new Collegiate Review Soundcloud.  WE ARE!