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No. 7 Penn State Football vs. Delaware Picks, Predictions for College Football Week 2

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

Unlike week one against WVU, Penn State Football will take control of this game in the first half and not look back. Penn State’s 2s and 3s on defense may give up some points but this one is never in doubt. Starters come out starting in the third quarter, more than last week’s 62 guys see playing time.

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.

Penn State 41 – Delaware 7 

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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

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Chris Snyder, Penn State Wrestling Reporter

My prediction for this game?

Pain.

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!

Nevertheless, James Franklin knows the AP voters are watching and he’ll want to make sure the Nittany Lions cover the (non-existant) spread. Expect lots of offense and more impressive numbers from Drew Allar. Penn State 46 – Delaware 8 

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

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