Penn State vs. Akron Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Penn State vs. Akron fearless prediction and game preview.
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time:12:00 pm ET
Venue:Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
Penn State (0-0) vs. Akron (0-0) Game Preview
That was great, Penn State. Now do it all again.
The Nittany Lions now have the respect, the talent, and the expectation to be deep in the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff chase again, and they’re supposed to even take a step forward.
Along with the explosiveness, they’re supposed to be more consistent, more productive for four quarters, and talent-wise, on par with the big boys at the highest of levels.
They’re supposed to take a team like Akron and wear it as a hat.
The Zips are undergoing a bit of an overhaul in key spots, and they’re not expected to give Penn State a battle, but they’re good enough to at least be competitive in the MAC.
As long as they can keep this from being a total wipeout, they’ll have done their job.
One Reason Why Akron Will Win
There’s enough of an offense to at least keep up the pace for a while if the Penn State defense isn’t tough out of the box.
QB Thomas Woodson is a veteran baller who can push the ball down the field, and RB Warren Ball is a good-looking runner who should shine behind a line that gets all five starter back.
Akron wasn’t able to run well last year and relied on Woodson way too often, but he’s good enough to give the Nittany Lion secondary fits.
One Reason Why Penn State Will Win
Trace McSorley, let’s get this thing going.
Akron’s pass rush is going to be a concern early on, and the secondary has to replace both corners. The biggest problem will be getting into the backfield – at least Akron has to prove it all over again after falling off the map following a terrific 2015 defensive season.
McSorley might not have top target Chris Godwin to rely on, but just about everyone else is back. Relying on RB Saquon Barkley will be easy, but get ready for target-practice time for the air show. McSorley will have plenty of time to work.
What’s Going To Happen
No, Penn State might not be quite as good as it was last year – it might be a wee bit overrated – but it’s not going to look like it this week.
The offense will hit Akron for 14 points before everyone gets settled in, and it won’t slow down from there. The Zips will have their moments offensively, but they’re about to get hit and hit hard.
Penn State vs. Akron Prediction
Penn State 51, Akron 20
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