Can Penn State Notch Their First Win?
The Indiana loss on the road was a tough pill to swallow. We saw Ohio State was the better team from the very first play of the game. But, now Penn State (0-2) takes on a team that they should feel much better about playing this Saturday. They take on Maryland (1-1) this Saturday at 3:30 PM at Beaver Stadium. The Terps are riding a high after completing a 17-point 4th quarter comeback to beat Minnesota in overtime, 45-44. Can the Nittany Lions lift themselves up to tally their first win of 2020? Or, will the Terps ride their high into Beaver Stadium and put the Lions at 0-3 for the first time since 2001? The For The Glory team breaks it down.
Cory Lestochi (1-1)
It’s hard to know exactly where this offense is at heading into the Maryland game. But if there was ever a “get right” week this would be it. Sure the Terrapins are coming in with some momentum after an OT win against Minnesota, but the Gophers appear to be one of the worst teams in the B1G West. Don’t forget Northwestern killed this team two weeks ago. I believe the Penn State defense finds the takeaways they were looking for and coast to their first win of the season.
Penn State: 45
Brandon Musso (1-1)
If you listened to our Ohio State post game podcast you would know that I didn’t have too many positive things to say about this Penn State team. Sitting at 0-2, the Nittany Lions are still looking for their first win.
Luckily, Saturday will bring a good chance to finally get that first win when Maryland comes to Beaver Stadium. Penn State hasn’t had any issues with the Terrapins over the last few years and despite the struggles the Nittany Lions have had this year, I don’t see that changing. Maryland’s offense may be a little better than in years past but I think they will still struggle to move the ball against this Penn State defense.
As long as Penn State doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the Indiana game, they should win comfortably.
Penn State 45
Kraigen Rasalla (0-2)
Like the Nittany Lions, I am also looking for my first prediction win of the season! I think this is finally the week where James Franklin’s group puts everything together and puts a W on the board.
Although the Terps managed to pull off the upset last week, they still have glaring holes in their defense. Last year, Sean Clifford carved up the Maryland defense for almost 400 yards and a QBR of 98.5, just a mere 1.5 points from a perfect 100 game score. Now, in 2020, the Maryland defense has allowed almost 600 rushing yards, including over 200 yards to Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim. If the Nittany Lions don’t torch the Terps through the air like in 2019, I think that this will be the game where we see the running game get going behind Devyn Ford, Keyvone Lee, and Caziah Holmes.
Penn State 35