Penn State’s next big test

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 Saturday, November 9th at high noon, we will see Penn State face another big road test against Minnesota. Penn State, to date, has passed every test thrown their way. They defeated Iowa, Michigan, and a tough team in Michigan State two weeks ago. With the College Football Playoff rankings coming out, everyone was shocked when Penn State jumped Clemson well today; they will have to prove that number 4 ranking. 

Key injured players set to return

 According to several sources, both Noah Cain and John Reid were cleared and should play at Minnesota today. With Noah Cain being cleared, Penn State will gain a player who has shown dominance with 5.1 yards per carry and six rushing touchdowns on the season. With John Reid, you obtain an experienced Senior defensive back who, besides Micah Parsons, is your leader on this team. 

Brent Pry continues to call great games

 Penn State to date has outscored their opponents 308-77 those 77 points average out to 9.6 points per game ranking that Lion defense 2nd in the nation. In the past three games, Brent Pry’s defense has given up 40 points, which roughly averages out to 13.3 points per game YIKES! That’s quite a solid defense. With Minnesota averaging 38.4 points per game (14th in the nation), Brent Pry will have a considerable challenge come noon. 

Sean Clifford continuing to develop 

 Over the past two games, Clifford has had three or more throwing touchdowns (4 Michigan state, 3 Michigan). He hopes to continue in this positive direction against P.J Fleck’s 20.0 points per game defense (24th in the nation.) Over the season, we’ve seen Sean Clifford mature into a smart, calculated risk-taker one would hope to see offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne let loose a bit and allow Sean to throw some more deep balls today.

Keys to victory

  • Get to the quarterback early and often. 
  • Maintain a consistent running game.
  • Take smart, calculated risks.
  • Win the turnover battle 

Conclusion

 I can’t state this enough; don’t underestimate these Gophers. The last time Penn State visited TCF Bank Stadium, they lost 24-10. Tomorrow will be loud and cold, so when and if Penn State gets the lead, they have to stomp out any hope and continue to score. So keep calm, and remember WE ARE PENN STATE! 

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