Penn State vs. Pitt Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Penn State vs. Pitt fearless prediction and game preview.
Penn State (1-0) vs. Pitt (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, College Station, PA
Penn State picked the wrong time to be a part of the rivalry again.
Penn State vs. Pitt is obvious – it needs to happen every year for the region, and for college football. However, last year, the two hooked up for the first time since 2000, and it ended up keeping the Nittany Lions – and not Ohio State – from getting whacked by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
Little did anyone know at the time how big a deal the loss would be, but the 42-39 shootout turned out to be one of the better early games of the season. And now the pressure is on both teams to do it all again.
For the Panthers, another win wouldn’t mean they’re going to be players in the ACC race, but it would derail a Penn State team that’s now firmly planted in the top five in the polls.
Can the Nittany Lions play up to the hype? They ripped through Akron to start the season – there wasn’t any need for a second half comeback, like they needed to do time and again last year.
While that was happening, Pitt took its foot off the gas and needed overtime to get by Bo Pelini’s Youngstown State team.
It’ll be emotional like any other regional rivalry game, it’ll be entertaining, and if this all works out for the winner, it could actually play a role for really, really big things again.
One Reason Why Penn State Will Win
So how’s that Pitt secondary doing?
The Panther pass defense was horrific last season, and it didn’t exactly come out roaring giving up 311 yards and two touchdowns giving up big play after big play.
While Penn State will try running Saquon Barkley from the start, Trace McSorley and the passing game should be able to take over early on.
Akron was never in the game, and Penn State didn’t have to press, but McSorley still threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns in – outside of an interception – a sharp game.
He’s about to bomb away, but the Panthers have to deal with Barkley, too.
Be shocked if McSorley walks off the bus with 300 passing yards.
One Reason Why Pitt Will Win
It’s not like Akron tested the Penn State defense.
Thomas Woodson is a veteran quarterback, but the Zips didn’t have the talent or the weapons to do anything against the Nittany Lions. Now the D has to go from having a week off to dealing with an unleashed offensive package.
Pitt might have let up way too early against Youngstown State, but in the first half the offense was fantastic.
Qadree Ollison and Quadree Henderson were the 1-2 rushing punch the Panthers were hoping for, and USC transfer Max Browne was effective with the midround passing game. The Panthers were relatively vanilla, and after getting up, they didn’t exactly keep the attack rolling. That’s about to change.
Expect Pitt to be ready for a shootout. It’ll give up a ton of big plays, but it’ll come up with more than its share, too.
What’s Going To Happen
Get ready for another firefight.
Browne will be unleashed, and while he might not be Nathan Peterman – and he’s certainly not Sam Darnold – he’ll come up with a huge day to keep the pressure on the Nittany Lions all game long.
But the Pitt secondary will be the Pitt secondary. McSorley will bomb away will to make up for Barkley being bottled up a bit.
Expect lots and lots of points, and a Penn State win – a year too late.
Penn State vs. Pitt Prediction
Penn State 45, Pitt 30
Penn State -21, o/u: 66.5
5: 4th Quarter Josh Rosen – 1: 1st Quarter UCLA fans … 4
Must See Rating
5: Logan Lucky – 1: The Mayor … 3