Penn State – Villanova Predictions
Matchup: Villanova Wildcats (3-0) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0)
Where: Beaver Stadium
When: Saturday, September 25th @ 12:00pm EST
What another MASSIVE win over the Top 25 Auburn Tigers last week in the White Out! The Nittany Lions improve to 3-0 on the year and currently sit at No. 6 in the AP Poll. The quality of competition will take a bit of drop when the Villanova Wildcats come to town this week but its another game on schedule that Penn State must win. So lets get to it, here’s the For the Glory team’s predictions:
Brandon Musso (1-2)
Last week was another huge win for the Nittany Lions who now have two Top-25 wins on the season and have improved to 3-0. Saturday’s game was as hard fought game as you might see this season and Penn State made the plays they needed to win it.
This Saturday, Penn State stays home but luckily doesn’t have another Power 5-ranked opponent coming to town. They will get a little bit of a break with the Villanova Wildcats. Although on paper Penn State has superior talent, there no reason for the Nittany Lions to take their foot off the gas pedal. It can’t be a let down game because of the opponent you see on the schedule. Keep pushing and play hard to keep the early momentum rolling.
Villanova comes to also boasting a 3-0 record with some pretty impressive offensive performances. Through those three games, they are averaging 45.3 points and 454.7 total yards per game. It will be a fun and challenging matchup with the Penn State defense that has been very good so far this season. I think this will be the key to the game. If Villanova wants to continue its offense ways they will need to battle, as Franklin calls it, championship level defense. I don’t foresee Penn State having any big issues stopping the Wildcats’ offensive attack and coming out with a comfortable win.
Penn State 45
Kraigen Rasalla (2-1)
The Nittany Lions have a little bit of a breather this week with Villanova making the trip across the state to come to Happy Valley. The ‘Cats are the last non-conference opponent for Penn State before they resume conference play with Indiana next weekend.
We can call the Auburn game the “Sean Clifford Game” where Clifford went 28/32 for 280 yards and seemed to step up at every key moment when Penn State needed it. Because of that and because of the opponent, I think OC Mike Yurcich takes a bit of the load off Clifford against Villanova. Through the first 3 games, Clifford has over 30 passing attempts in 2 of them. The other game was Ball State where he had 29. It’s not that the Nittany Lions haven’t had a balanced attack. They average 32.3 pass attempts and 33 rushing attempts per game. The difference is the passing game has been explosive, while the run game hasn’t found its explosiveness, yet. Noah Cain is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry as the leading ball carrier. I think this is the week where we see multiple runs of over 20 yards from Cain and the deep crew of backfield mates John Lovett, Keyvone Lee, and Devyn Ford.
Penn State finishes their non-conference schedule by showing they can beat you in yet another way, by being explosive in the run game.
Penn State 48
Cory Lestochi (2-1)
We are gonna win. By a lot.
Penn State 55