No. 7 Penn State Football (1-0) made an emphatic statement in Week 1, as Drew Allar announced his presence to the nation against West Virginia en-route to taking home Big Ten Offensive Player of The Week honors.
In Week 2, the Nittany Lions get to catch their breath, get some quality snaps for young players, in advance of the Big Ten opener at Illinois next Saturday when the Delaware Blue Hens (1-0) come to Beaver Stadium this weekend.
Saturday should be more about which young players James Franklin and staff are able to get meaningful snaps than it will be about the final score. But, here’s how we see Week 2 playing out for the Lions:
Penn State Football vs. Delaware Staff Predictions
Robert Casturo – Senior Penn State Football Reporter
Penn State 45 – Delaware 13
Alec Whitaker, Senior Penn State Football Recruiting Insider
Coming off of an impressive win over West Virginia in the opener, Penn State Football faces an easier challenge against FCS Delaware.
While the Nittany Lions should have this game over by halftime, severe weather could play a role on Saturday.
Look for Penn State to try to get up by 3-4 scores in a hurry and then reel things back a bit to reduce injury risk on a possible slick surface.
Joe Staszak, Penn State Football Reporter
While there’s no such thing as a “lock” in big time college football, Saturday’s game versus Delaware should be more or less of a tune-up game for the Lions as they begin their Big Ten schedule the following week at Illinois.
The Blue Hens are one of the better FCS teams in the country, but this Penn State team is every bit as good as their number seven ranking nationally.
In last week’s opener versus West Virginia we got a glimpse of the dynamic and dangerous one-two running game punch of Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. That seemingly “vanilla” inside hand-off that Head Coach James Franklin likes to run yielded 121 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries combined by the sophomore duo last Saturday night. Both backs averaged over five yards per carry and Singleton came close to busting one on several different attempts.
Look for that tandem to get more carries and possibly break this one wide open.
This Nittany Lion team has a lot to play for this year, so I don’t expect a defensive let down versus an inferior opponent on Saturday afternoon. If things go well for the home team we could see Allar working just a half-day and this game turning into somewhat of a yawner when the game hits the fourth quarter.
Penn State 45 – Delaware 13
Nolan Soffer, Penn State Football Reporter
Drew Allar has finally landed.
What a performance last week by the team, especially on the defensive side.
Expect this week to be similar, but firepower is happening in both halves of the game. Penn State tunes up their mistakes and becomes 2-0.
Penn State 54 – Delaware 10
Chris Snyder, Penn State Wrestling Reporter
My prediction for this game?
Singleton and Allen could each have 100 yards rushing and Drew Allar shouldn’t need to make any high pressure throws to propel the Nittany Lions to victory.
The Fightin’ Blue Hens signal caller, Ryan O’Connor, will quickly get to know Chop Robinson, Abdul Carter, Curtis Jacobs, and Adisa Isaac as they will most likely be visiting the backfield early and often.
Which means there will be another Beau’race Pribula-Sorley sighting in the second half.
Penn State 48 – Delaware 6
Evan Smith, Penn State Basketball Reporter
PSU plays another football game this Saturday. It’s ok if you didn’t remember. After the fun of the ‘sneaky whiteout’ vs reguonal foe WVU last week, FCS Delaware coming to town doesnt exactly wet the whistle. It ain’t even on cable!
Dave Malandra, Penn State Reporter
Drew allar continues where he left off in week 1, with four touchdowns and nick Singleton adds 120 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Penn State 49 – Delaware 0