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Penn State – Auburn Predictions

Matchup: Auburn Tigers (2-0) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)

Where: Beaver Stadium

When: Saturday, September 18th @ 7:30pm EST

TV: ABC

It’s WHITEOUT WEEK! The most exciting atmosphere in college football is back this week for the first time since 2019 as the No. 22 Auburn Tigers come to State College. It’s still rather early in the season but Penn State is now onto its second opponent that is ranked in the top 25. This huge day will start with College Gameday in the morning leading up to a primetime matchup on national TV! It’s only a few days way now so lets get right to the For the Glory team’s predictions

Brandon Musso (1-1)

Luckily, the Nittany Lions didn’t allow last week’s game to become a let down game and handily dealt Ball State a loss in Beaver Stadium. If last week was a break for them, then they better be ready for yet another tough matchup this week. The No. 22 Auburn Tigers roll into town for a huge matchup that will be the first White Out since 2019. The implications on this game are huge and there are plenty of distractions. The annual White Out always brings quite a bit of attention to State College, including ESPN’s College Gameday that will kick of the day in the morning. The festivities will roll on throughout the day while fans hope the players can block out the distractions and concentrate on another season defining game.

If it’s the White Out then you know a tough opponent is coming to town. Auburn is nationally ranked and on paper, a good team that will provide a tough challenge for Penn State. Through two games though, it’s tough to fully assess the Tigers because they have only played two non-Power 5 teams. Both games were dominate blowouts against inferior teams. This game will provide a full assessment of both teams.

As I said before, it’s really tough to get full assessment of this Auburn team but their first two games have provided some numbers to work from. On defense, they have been stout against the run, averaging just 21.5 rushing yard allowed per game. If Penn State wants to win this game, they need to win upfront and use the rushing attack to get the offense in a rhythm. As far as the Auburn offense, they seem to place an emphasis on their own rushing game. The Penn State secondary has been solid so I’m more worried about the defensive line stopping that rushing game. A win will mean Penn State needs to limit the yards per carry. 4-5 YPC allowed will not get the job done and might see the Tigers slowly run down Penn State as the game goes on.

Despite the small sample size, I think Auburn is a good team and I think Penn State will ultimately drop a close one.

Penn State 28
Auburn 31

Kraigen Rasalla (1-1)

This week, I have two predictions. One, I KNOW will come true. The other, I am fairly confident will come true.


The first one is that this weekend’s whiteout against Auburn will be the craziest crowd in Beaver Stadium history. I was at the first ever “White House” against Notre Dame in ‘07 and the double OT loss to Ohio State in ‘14 and those were insane crowds. I wasn’t at the ‘05 white out against Ohio State, nor the ‘17 and ‘19 white out games against Michigan. But, I’m willing to bet with this being the first whiteout since that 2019 Michigan game and a ranked SEC opponent coming in, this crowd will be absolutely bananas. Book it.


On to the game. Penn State took care of business last week and avoided any trap game conversations. The offense, led by QB Sean Clifford, attacked the Cardinals on the edges and allowed Parker Washington and Jahan Dotson go to work. I expect new OC Mike Yurcich to show this edge attack with screens and rollouts. Then, use those plays to set up deep balls like we saw in the Wisconsin game.


Something I haven’t been able to say in a few years is that I trust Sean Clifford in this game more than I trust Auburn QB Bo Nix. Nix is off to a strong start this year, completing 74 percent of his passes and leading the Tigers to a 2-0 record. However, in his career, Nix is dreadful on the road. He has a completion percentage of 54.5 percent away from Jordan-Hare Stadium, 10 points lower than at Jordan-Hare. His TD:INT ratio is 20:1 at home and 9:10 on the road. Not great! If you are Auburn at least. Yes, the Tigers will count on Tank Bigsby (10 yards per rush in 2021) and Jarquez Hunter (15.1 yards per rush in 2021) to carry the load on the ground. But, if you want to win a big game, you need your QB to make a big play. Based on the numbers, you can’t count on Bo Nix to make the big throw on the road.


Penn State wins, gets their revenge for the 2003 Capital One Bowl, and real chatter begins around the country surrounding them and the College Football Playoff.

Penn State 27
Auburn 17

Cory Lestochi (1-1)

This game has been incredibly difficult to predict for me. The Auburn Tigers come in to Happy Valley for the annual White Out untested with blowout wins over Akron and Alabama State. 


They are led by QB Bo Nix, whose father was the quarterback the only time Penn State beat Auburn (series is tied 1-1). Nix is now in his third season as a starting quarterback and he has yet to fully blossom. The biggest knock on him has been his play on the road where his numbers are drastically worse than when he plays in Jordan-Hare. RB Tank Bigsby is a guy that is gonna cause some problems and they also have a true freshman RB that is quick. 


Defensively, they are athletic and full of talented players. They also possess experience at the linebacker position. 
In a neutral site game, I think this game is a toss-up mostly because there is a lot we don’t know about these teams. Penn State is favored. Penn State has the more impressive resume. Penn State is more battle tested. Penn State is at home, and boast a White Out crowd that is itching to be back in that environment. Most people are predicting a 4-7 point win for Penn State and while my head agrees with them, my heart tells me there is a chance for this thing to snowball into a blowout. I think Auburn’s defense is good enough to prevent that, but I think Auburn’s offense that started slow against Alabama State will be slow again on Saturday. Then, a mistaken-ridden Nix will leave his defense out to dry too many times. I’m going homer pick big time. 

Penn State 34
Auburn 17

Penn State – Ball State Predictions

Matchup: Ball State Cardinals (1-0) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)

Where: Beaver Stadium

When: Saturday, September 11th @ 3:30pm EST

TV: FS1

Penn State Football is BACK HOME! After a monster upset road win over Wisconsin last week, Penn State finally returns home to play in front of fans at Beaver Stadium for the first time since the 2019 season. In Tuesday’s weekly press conference, Deputy Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell mentioned that while there are just a few thousand tickets left, they seemed to be going quick and they were expecting to see a full Beaver Stadium come Saturday. So without further ado, our predictions!

Brandon Musso (0-1)

I am admittedly happy to be proven wrong last week in Madison when I picked Wisconsin to win. It was a truly an impressive win for Penn State and while Sean Clifford did enough to win, the credit belongs to the Penn State defense. They turned in one of the better performances in recent memory to lead the Nittany Lions to a win. 

Fortunately for Penn State, they are not headed out on the road again and finally get to play in front of a full Beaver Stadium. The Ball State Cardinals comes to town fresh off a Week 1 win over Western Illinois. Now, while Ball State isn’t a top 20, Power 5 opponent like Wisconsin, I always advise caution for games like these. It’s so easy to overlook an opponent like Ball State especially when a prime time matchup with Auburn is right around the corner. James Franklin’s “1-0 this week” mentality is just the mindset the team needs to embrace this week. 

Now for the X’s and O’s of the Nittany Lions Week 2 matchup. Last week, the Ball State defense got gashed through the air but remained stout on the ground. Given the Nittany Lions struggles on the ground last week, I think this will be the key to the game. The Nittany Lions need to win upfront and get the rushing attack up and “running.” A good rushing attack can overcome any more rust Sean Clifford is still trying to shake off. I think Penn States manages to do this behind a big game from Noah Cain and comes out with a comfortable win but not a traditional blow out.

Penn State 31
Ball State 13

Kraigen Rasalla (0-1)

The #11 Nittany Lions are back in action on Saturday after a HUGE Week One victory at Wisconsin. They now take on a Ball State team that had a bit of a dog fight against FCS opponent Western Illinois. The Cardinals held on 31-21 to move to 1-0, but leave me unimpressed heading into this matchup.

 
On Saturday, I have two expectations.  1. The Penn State offense will have a much bigger performance than they did against Wisconsin.  2. The Penn State defense will take a step back from their strong performance last Saturday. Connor Sampson of Western Illinois had a completion percentage just under 70 percent and threw for 367 yards against Ball State last week. Meanwhile, Dennis Houston had 12 catches for 237 yards and 2 TD. We saw Jahan Dotson leak out and catch a big TD pass, as well as racking up 100 yards against a dominant Wisconsin defense. If Thompson and Houston can have a big performance against Ball State like that, then I think Sean Clifford and Dotson, Washington, and Lambert-Smith can match them.

 
In terms of the defense, they lose Ellis Brooks for the first half because of a targeting call in the 4th quarter against Wisconsin. It’s a loss for Penn State. But, I think the defense will take a step back in general. The defense was on the field for over 90 plays last week, all of them being critical plays in a tight game. That is exhausting for any defense, especially one going against a physical offense. However, getting Brooks back for the second half will be a boost and will help Penn State have a lockdown defense in the second half. 
Penn State will go back and forth with Ball State in the first half. But, the Nittany Lions will pull away starting about halfway through the second quarter and take the game over in the second half. 

Penn State 41
Ball State 17

Cory Lestochi (0-1)

As good of a game as it was, it was still just one game. 1-0. It’s time to move forward and regather ourselves for Ball State.
Ball State should not be overlooked. They have talented weapons on the outside with WR Justin Hall and WR Yo’Heinz Tyler and they have an overall experienced team. I posed a question on Twitter wondering if there is potential for a big game letdown after last week. The consensus was with this being the first home game with fans being able to attend that Beaver Stadium would be rocking. 
The defense will have to be ready to defend against the pass much more than last week and should be able to get pressure on QB Drew Plitt with a mediocre offensive line protecting him. 
I’m not exactly what to expect from the offense in this game. I’m hoping for a faster start, but I’m not sure it will happen. Regardless, they get it going enough to win comfortably. Clifford accounts for 3 scores. Penn State covers the spread on a late-game pick-six.

Penn State 38
Ball State 14

Penn State – Wisconsin Predictions

Matchup: Penn State Nittany Lions @ Wisconsin Badgers

Where: Camp Randall Stadium

When: Saturday, September 4th @ 12:00pm EST

TV: FOX

Penn State Football is BACK! In one of the most highly anticipated season openers in recent memory, #19 Penn State is traveling to Camp Randall to face #12 Wisconsin. A rematch of the 2016 Big Ten Championship, a victory for either school will give a lot of early momentum in hopes of winning the 2021 Big Ten Championship. Here is what the For The Glory team foresees once the Nittany Lions 2021 opener.

Brandon Musso (0-0)

Last year’s COVID shortened season was one of strangest seasons we’ll probably ever see. There wasn’t much that I was admittedly able to predict correctly, from five straight losses to open the season, to four straight wins to close the season. This year, I think we’re all hoping that this season turns out much more normal.

The upside is that Penn State finished the season with some great momentum with those four straight wins. The downside is that they waste no time getting into the thick of the season. It’s not only a road game but its also Wisconsin, one of the best the B1G West has to offer. I find the two teams to be pretty evenly matched on paper so I think this will be a close and hard fought battle the whole way.

The biggest key to this game is the level of play Sean Clifford brings. His season last year was the definition of up and down. He can be good but the gripe of his career so far has been his consistency. Sometimes you don’t know what your going to get out of him in any given game. If he’s playing at his highest level, Penn State can win this tough road matchup. 

Enough with the hypotheticals though and onto the predictions. In the end, I think he’ll play well but some early season struggles will be the downfall. The best way to describe it is: good but not good enough. Some late turnovers will turn this game into a Wisconsin win.

Wisconsin 28
Penn State 24

Kraigen Rasalla (0-0)

Of course a ranked opponent in the opening week of the season is a huge challenge. But, an opponent with the style of play of Wisconsin makes it an even bigger challenge. Traditionally, Wisconsin likes to run the football, dominate with their offensive line and control the clock. This is a style Penn State has struggled to contain in recent years. That style becomes an even bigger factor when Penn State has to replace numerous defensive lineman including 1st round pick Jayson Oweh. 

I am excited to see the offense. They return their biggest playmaker in Jahan Dotson and added a few transfers and impact freshmen to what could be an exciting offense. As was the case in 2020, the biggest key is what kind of Sean Clifford will we get. Will he be turnover prone? Or, will he make big plays while avoiding the big mistake? Going on the road in a hostile environment, I think it is more likely we see the turnover prone Sean Clifford. 
I think this is a close one as Penn State has a lot of talent all over the field. But, home field advantage and a less turnover prone offense helps Wisconsin take a highly anticipated season opener.

Wisconsin 23
Penn State 20

Cory Lestochi (0-0)

Nice to be back predicting games again. Penn St started last season off so poorly and now this year the Nittany Lions had to install another new offense over the off-season. Traveling to Madison to play a strong Badger defense is not what the doctor ordered. How much has Sean Clifford improved? My guess is not enough. Inconsistency killed the cat (Nittany Lions). Wisconsin wins in a painful one. 

Wisconsin 24
Penn State 20

Week 17

Week 17


Offense:

Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants (Team Captain)

  • Barkley rushed 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. He also added three receptions for 25 yards in the Giants’ 34-17 loss to the Eagles.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Gesicki made four receptions for 34 yards including a touchdown in the Dolphins’ 27-24 win over the Patriots.

Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Godwin did not play in the Buccaneers’ 28-22 OT loss to the Falcons.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • Hamilton made five receptions for 65 yards in the Broncos’ 16-15 win over the Raiders.

Jesse James, Tight End, Detroit Lions

  • James made two receptions for five yards in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers.

Trace McSorley, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens

  • McSorley saw action for one play, rushing for one yard in a designed QB run in the Ravens’ 28-10 win over the Steelers.

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

  • Robinson made nine receptions for 71 yards in the Bears’ 21-19 win over the Vikings.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Sanders rushed nine times for 52 yards in the Eagles’ 34-17 win over the Giants.

A.Q. Shipley, Center, Arizona Cardinals (Team Captain)

  • Shipley helped the Cardinals’ rushing attack to just 71 yards in the Cardinals’ 31-24 loss to the Rams.

Donovan Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Smith helped the Bucs rushing attack to 136 yards in their 28-22 OT loss to the Falcons.

Ross Travis, Tight End, New York Jets

  • Travis did not play in the Jets’ 13-6 win over the Bills.

Robbie Gould, Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

  • Gould was 2-2 in extra point attempts and 2-2 in field goal attempts in the 49ers’ 26-21 win over the Seahawks.

Sam Ficken, Kicker, New York Jets

  • Ficken was 1-1 in extra point attempts and 2-4 in field goal attempts in the Jets 13-6 win over the Bills.

For The Glory Offensive Player of the Week:

Saquon Barkley

Despite the Giants losing their game against the Eagles, we are giving Offensive Player of the Week to Saquon Barkley who had yet another highlight reel touchdown run. He finished the day with 92 yards rushing and that long touchdown. Here’s his 68 yard touchdown for your enjoyment.

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Defense:

Adrian Amos, Safety, Green Bay Packers

  • Amos recorded five total tackles in the Packers’ 23-20 win over the Lions.

Troy Apke, Safety, Washington Redskins

  • Apke recorded one total tackle in the Redskins’ 47-16 loss to the Cowboys.

Jack Crawford, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

  • Crawford recorded one total tackle in the Falcons’ 28-22 win over the Buccaneers.

Grant Haley, Cornerback, New York Giants

  • Haley did not record any tackles in the Giants’ loss to the Eagles.

Austin Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Johnson made one total tackle in the Titans’ 35-14 win over the Texans.

DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Jones recorded one tackle in the Titans’ win over the Texans.

Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

  • Lee made three total tackles in the Cowboys’ 47-16 win over the Redskins.

Jordan Lucas, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Lucas did not record any defensive stats in the Chiefs’ 31-21 win over the Chargers.

Carl Nassib, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Captain)

  • Nassib recorded three total tackles in the Buccaneers’ 28-22 OT win over the Falcons.

Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Detroit Lions

  • Oruwariye recorded four tackles and one pass defended in the Lions’ loss to the Packers.

Nick Scott, Safety, Los Angeles Rams

  • Scott did not record any tackles in the Rams’ 31-24 win over the Cardinals.

Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

  • Wake has been placed on injured reserve.

Anthony Zettel, Defensive End, San Francisco 49ers

  • Zettel recorded one total tackle for his new team. The 49ers took home a 26-21 win over the Seahawks.

For the Glory Defensive Player of the Week:

Adrian Amos

It was again a slow week for the PSU Defensive NFLers. As a result, our award goes to Adrian Amos who led all PSU NFLers in tackles this week with five.

 

Inactive Players:

Ryan Bates, Offensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills
Saeed Blacknall, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Bell, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Brendan Mahon, Offensive Guard, Carolina Panthers
Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard, Dallas Cowboys
Shareef Miller, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Vasey, Long Snapper, Atlanta Falcons
Stefen Wisniewski, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals
Marcus Allen, Safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 15

Week 15


Offense:

Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants (Team Captain)

  • Barkley rushed 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He also added four receptions for 31 yards in the Giants’ 36-20 win over the Dolphins.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Gesicki made four reception for 47 yards in the Dolphins’ 36-20 loss to the Giants.

Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Godwin made five receptions for 121 yards in the Buccaneers’ 38-17 win over the Lions.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • Hamilton made two receptions for 13 yards in the Broncos’ 23-3 loss to the Chiefs.

Jesse James, Tight End, Detroit Lions

  • James made three receptions for 31 yards in the Lions’ 38-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

  • Robinson made seven receptions for 125 yards in the Bears’ 21-13 loss to the Packers.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Sanders rushed 19 times for 122 yards and a touchdown. He also added six receptions for 50 yards and another touchdown in the Eagles’ 37-27 win over the Redskins.

A.Q. Shipley, Center, Arizona Cardinals (Team Captain)

  • Shipley helped the Cardinals’ rushing attack to 226 yards in the Cardinals’ 38-17 win over the Browns.

Donovan Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Smith was OUT for the Buccaneer’s clash with the Lions.

Ross Travis, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts

  • Travis did not play in the Colts’ 34-7 loss to the Saints on Monday Night Football.

Robbie Gould, Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

  • Gould was 3-3 in extra point attempts and 1-2 in field goal attempts in the 49ers’ 29-22 loss to the Falcons.

Sam Ficken, Kicker, New York Jets

  • Ficken was 1-2 in extra point attempts and 0-1 in field goal attempts including the Jets’ 42-21 loss to the Ravens on Thursday Night Football.

For The Glory Offensive Player of the Week:

Miles Sanders

This was a tough pick because both Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley had monster weeks for their respective teams. Picking this week’s Offensive Player of the Week was like splitting hairs. The award goes to Miles Sanders as he managed to edge out Barkley in total yards. Sanders rushed 19 times for 122 yards and touchdown on the ground while also nabbing six receptions for 50 yards and another touchdown. He spent most of his career in the shadow of Saquon, he is now in his own spotlight, breaking the Eagles’ record for most rushing yards as a rookie. Here’s his touchdowns for your enjoyment.

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Defense:

Adrian Amos, Safety, Green Bay Packers

  • Amos recorded three total tackles in the Packers’ 21-13 win over the Bears.

Troy Apke, Safety, Washington Redskins

  • Apke recorded one total tackle in the Redskins’ 37-27 loss to the Eagles.

Jack Crawford, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

  • Crawford did not record any defensive stats in the Falcons’ thrilling 29-22 win over the 49ers.

Grant Haley, Cornerback, New York Giants

  • Haley did not record any tackles in the Giants’ win over the Dolphins.

Austin Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Johnson made two total tackles in the Titans’ 24-21 loss to the Texans.

DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Jones recorded five tackles in the Titans’ loss to the Texans.

Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

  • Lee made four total tackles including a sack and an interception in the Cowboys’ 44-21 win over the Rams.

Jordan Lucas, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Lucas made two total tackles in the Chiefs’ 23-3 win over the Broncos.

Carl Nassib, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Captain)

  • Nassib recorded two total tackles in the Buccaneers’ 38-17 win over the Lions.

Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Detroit Lions

  • Oruwariye recorded two tackles in the Lions’ loss to the Buccaneers.

Nick Scott, Safety, Los Angeles Rams

  • Scott did not record any tackles in the Rams’ 44-21 loss to the Cowboys.

Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

  • Wake has been placed on injured reserve.

Anthony Zettel, Defensive End, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Zettel did not record any tackles in the Bengals’ 34-13 loss to the Bengals.

For the Glory Defensive Player of the Week:

Sean Lee

In a slow week for the PSU in NFL defensive core, Sean Lee was one bright spot. Lee had another solid week in the Cowboys’ win over the Rams. He tallied four total tackles, a sack, and an interception. Lee is a force to reckoned with when he is healthy. It is nice to see the former Nittany Lion linebacker having another healthy and solid season in the NFL. He is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Inactive Players:

Ryan Bates, Offensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills
Saeed Blacknall, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Bell, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Brendan Mahon, Offensive Guard, Carolina Panthers
Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard, Dallas Cowboys
Trace McSorley, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Shareef Miller, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Vasey, Long Snapper, Atlanta Falcons
Stefen Wisniewski, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals

Week 14

Week 14


Offense:

Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants (Team Captain)

  • Barkley rushed 17 times for 66 yards and added three receptions for one yard in the Giants’ 23-17 OT loss to the Eagles.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Gesicki made one reception for six yards in the Dolphins’ 22-21 loss to the Jets.

Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Godwin made seven receptions for 91 yards in the Buccaneers’ 38-35 win over the Colts.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • Hamilton made two receptions for 36 yards in the Broncos’ 38-24 win over the Texans.

Jesse James, Tight End, Detroit Lions

  • James made one reception for 23 yards in the Lions’ 20-7 loss to the Vikings.

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

  • Robinson made five receptions for 48 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears’ 31-24 win over the Cowboys.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Sanders rushed 15 times for 45 yards and added four receptions for 24 yards in the Eagles’ 23-17 OT win over the Giants.

A.Q. Shipley, Center, Arizona Cardinals (Team Captain)

  • Shipley helped the Cardinals’ rushing attack to just 71 yards in the Cardinals’ 23-17 loss to the Steelers.

Donovan Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Smith helped the Buccaneers’ rushing attack to just 75 yards in a 38-35 win over the Colts.

Ross Travis, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts

  • Travis made one reception for one yard in the Colts’ loss to the Buccaneers.

Robbie Gould, Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

  • Gould was 6-6 in extra point attempts and 2-2 in field goal attempts including the game winner in the 49ers’ thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints.

Sam Ficken, Kicker, New York Jets

  • Ficken was 1-2 in extra point attempts and 3-3 in field goal attempts including the game winner as time expired in their 22-21 win over the Dolphins.

For The Glory Offensive Player of the Week:

Robbie Gould and Sam Ficken

Early in the season, the two Penn State kickers in the NFL earned a share of our Offensive Player of the Week. Now, as the regular season winds down, Robbie Gould and Sam Ficken again earned themselves a share of the award. Both kickers managed to nail game winners as time expired. Gould hit a 30 yard field goal to lift the 49ers to win over the Saints and Ficken hit a 44 yard field goal to lift the Jets to win over the Dolphins. Enjoy both game winners below!

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Defense:

Adrian Amos, Safety, Green Bay Packers

  • Amos recorded seven total tackles and a sack in the Packers’ 20-15 win over the Redskins.

Troy Apke, Safety, Washington Redskins

  • Apke did not record any defensive stats in the Redskins’ loss to the Packers.

Jack Crawford, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

  • Crawford recorded one tackle in the Falcons’ 40-20 win over the Panthers.

Grant Haley, Cornerback, New York Giants

  • Haley did not record any tackles in the Giants’ overtime loss to the Eagles.

Austin Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Johnson made two total tackles in the Titans’ 42-21 win over the Raiders.

DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Jones recorded two tackles in the Titans’ win over the Raiders.

Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

  • Lee made five total tackles in the Cowboys’ 31-24 loss to the Bears.

Jordan Lucas, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Lucas made one total tackle in the Chiefs’ 23-16 win over the Patriots.

Carl Nassib, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Captain)

  • Nassib did not record any defensive stats in the Buccaneers’ win over the Colts.

Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Detroit Lions

  • Oruwariye did not record any tackles in the Lions’ 20-7 loss to the Vikings.

Nick Scott, Safety, Los Angeles Rams

  • Scott did not record any tackles in the Rams’ 28-12 win over the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.

Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

  • Wake has been placed on injured reserve.

Anthony Zettel, Defensive End, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Zettel recorded one total tackle in the Bengals’ 27-19 loss to the Browns.

For the Glory Defensive Player of the Week:

Adrian Amos

It was again not a fancy pick for the Defensive Player of the Week but it is warranted. This week’s award goes to Adrian Amos who recorded seven total tackles including a sack as the Packers won a close one over the Redskins.

Inactive Players:

Ryan Bates, Offensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills
Saeed Blacknall, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Bell, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Brendan Mahon, Offensive Guard, Carolina Panthers
Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard, Dallas Cowboys
Trace McSorley, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Shareef Miller, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Vasey, Long Snapper, Atlanta Falcons
Stefen Wisniewski, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals

Week 13

Week 13


Offense:

Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants (Team Captain)

  • Barkley rushed 19 times for 83 yards while also grabbing three receptions for 32 yards in the Giants’ 31-13 loss to the Packers.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Gesicki made five receptions for 79 yards while also securing his second touchdown in as many weeks in the Dolphins’ 37-31 win over the Eagles.

Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Godwin made four receptions for 50 yards in the Buccaneers’ 28-11 win over the Jaguars.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • Hamilton made two receptions for 12 yards in the Broncos’ 23-20 win over the Chargers.

Jesse James, Tight End, Detroit Lions

  • James did not make any receptions in the Lions’ 24-20 loss to the Bears.

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

  • Robinson made eight receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 24-20 win over the Lions.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Sanders rushed 17 times for 83 yards and made five receptions for 22 yards in the Eagles’ 37-31 loss to the Dolphins.

A.Q. Shipley, Center, Arizona Cardinals (Team Captain)

  • Shipley helped the Cardinals’ rushing attack to just 74 yards in the Cardinals’ 34-7 loss to the Rams.

Ross Travis, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts

  • Travis made two receptions for 31 yards in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Titans.

Donovan Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Smith helped the Buccaneers’ rushing attack to just 74 yards in a win over the Jaguars.

Robbie Gould, Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

  • Gould was 2-2 in extra point attempts and 1-2 in field goal attempts in the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the Ravens.

Sam Ficken, Kicker, New York Jets

  • Ficken was 2-2 in field goal attempts in the Jets’ 22-6 loss to the Bengals.

For The Glory Offensive Player of the Week:

Mike Gesicki

Last week, Chris Godwin’s performance was just too much to shut him out of the Offensive Player of the Week award. However, while Godwin was having a monster day, Mike Gesicki quietly secured his first career touchdown. Fast forward to this week, Gesicki again found the endzone to finish the day with five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. His back to back solid weeks have earned him Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13. Enjoy this week’s touchdown below.

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Defense:

Adrian Amos, Safety, Green Bay Packers

  • Amos recorded seven total tackles in the Packers’ 31-13 win over the Giants.

Troy Apke, Safety, Washington Redskins

  • Apke recorded one tackle in the Redskins’ 29-21 win over the Panthers.

Jack Crawford, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

  • Crawford recorded two tackles in the Falcons’ 26-18 loss to the Saints.

Grant Haley, Cornerback, New York Giants

  • Haley recorded four total tackles in the Giants’ loss to the Packers.

Austin Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Johnson made two total tackles and blocked a field goal in the Titans’ 31-17 win over the Colts.

DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Jones recorded three tackles in the Titans’ win over the Colts.

Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

  • Lee made 12 total tackles in the Cowboys’ 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Jordan Lucas, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Lucas made one total tackle in the Chiefs’ 40-9 win over the Raiders.

Carl Nassib, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Captain)

  • Nassib made three total tackles and added another sack in the Buccaneers’ win over the Jaguars.

Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Detroit Lions

  • Oruwariye recorded seven total tackles in the Lions’ loss to the Bears.

Nick Scott, Safety, Los Angeles Rams

  • Scott recorded two tackles in the Rams 34-7 win over the Cardinals.

Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

  • Wake has been placed on injured reserve.

Anthony Zettel, Defensive End, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Zettel recorded four total tackles in the Bengals’ 22-6 win over the Jets.

For the Glory Defensive Player of the Week:

Sean Lee

This week was not a fancy pick but rather just recognition of a solid defensive performance. Despite his team losing, Sean Lee had a really nice day as he compiled 12 total tackles in the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving showdown with the Bills.

 

Inactive Players:

Ryan Bates, Offensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills
Saeed Blacknall, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Bell, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Brendan Mahon, Offensive Guard, Carolina Panthers
Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard, Dallas Cowboys
Trace McSorley, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Shareef Miller, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Vasey, Long Snapper, Atlanta Falcons
Stefen Wisniewski, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals

Week 12

Week 12


Offense:

Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants (Team Captain)

  • Barkley rushed 17 times for 59 yards while also grabbing two receptions for one yard in the Giants’ 19-14 loss to the Bears.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Gesicki made three receptions for 28 yards while also securing his firs career touchdown in the Dolphins’ 41-24 loss to the Browns.

Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Godwin made seven receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 35-22 win over the Falcons.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • Hamilton did not make any receptions in the Broncos’ 20-3 loss to the Bills.

Jesse James, Tight End, Detroit Lions

  • James made one reception for seven yards in the Lions’ 19-16 loss to the Redskins.

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

  • Robinson made six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ loss to the Giants.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Sanders rushed 12 times for 63 yards and made three receptions for 23 yards in the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to the Seahawks.

A.Q. Shipley, Center, Arizona Cardinals (Team Captain)

  • The Cardinals were on a BYE in Week 12.

Donovan Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Smith helped the Buccaneers’ rushing attack to just 133 yards in a win over the Falcons.

Robbie Gould, Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

  • Gould did not play due to injury in the 49ers’ tilt with the Packers.

Sam Ficken, Kicker, New York Jets

  • Ficken was 4-4 in extra point attempts and 2-3 in field goal attempts in the Jets’ 34-3 win over the Raiders.

For The Glory Offensive Player of the Week:

Chris Godwin

As far as Nittany Lion players in the NFL go, there isn’t a player having a better year than Chris Godwin. He is seemingly a fixture as our Offensive Player of the Week. He got it last week and he will get it again this week as he posted another monster week, hauling in seven receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Check out his two very impressive touchdowns below.

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Defense:

Adrian Amos, Safety, Green Bay Packers

  • Amos recorded four total tackles in the Packers’ 37-8 loss to the 49ers.

Troy Apke, Safety, Washington Redskins

  • Apke recorded two tackles in the Redskins’ 19-16 win over the Lions.

Jack Crawford, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

  • Crawford recorded two tackles in the Falcons’ 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Grant Haley, Cornerback, New York Giants

  • Haley did not record any tackles in the Giants’ loss to the Bears.

Austin Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Johnson made one total tackle in the Titans’ 42-20 win over the Jaguars.

DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Jones recorded two tackles in the Titans’ win over the Jaguars.

Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

  • Lee made six total tackles in the Cowboys’ 13-9 loss to the Patriots.

Jordan Lucas, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

  • The Chiefs were on a BYE in Week 12.

Carl Nassib, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Captain)

  • Nassib made one tackle which turned out to be a sack in the Buccaneers’ 35-22 win over the Falcons.

Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Detroit Lions

  • Oruwariye recorded five total tackles and his first career interception in the Lions’ loss to the Redskins.

Nick Scott, Safety, Los Angeles Rams

  • Scott did not have any defensive stats in a 45-6 loss on Monday Night Football to the Ravens.

Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

  • Wake did not record any tackles in the Titans’ win over the Jaguars.

Anthony Zettel, Defensive End, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Zettel recorded four total tackles in the Bengals’ 16-10 loss to the Steelers.

For the Glory Defensive Player of the Week:

Amani Oruwariye

Finally, there is any easy pick for our Defensive Player of the Week. The award goes to Amani Oruwariye who finally got some playing time and made the most of it. He recorded five total tackles and his first career interception. Check out his fine play:

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Inactive Players:

Ryan Bates, Offensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills
Saeed Blacknall, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Bell, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Brendan Mahon, Offensive Guard, Carolina Panthers
Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard, Dallas Cowboys
Trace McSorley, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Shareef Miller, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Vasey, Long Snapper, Atlanta Falcons
Stefen Wisniewski, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals

Week 11

Week 11


Offense:

Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants (Team Captain)

  • The Giants were on a BYE in Week 11.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Gesicki made four receptions for 18 yards in the Dolphins’ 37-20 loss to the Bills.

Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Godwin made three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 34-17 loss to the Saints.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • Hamilton did not make any receptions in the Broncos’ 27-23 loss to the Vikings.

Jesse James, Tight End, Detroit Lions

  • James did not make any receptions in the Lions’ 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

  • Robinson made four receptions for 15 yards in the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Rams.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Sanders rushed 11 times for 38 yards and made two receptions for nine yards in the Eagles’ 17-10 loss to the Patriots.

A.Q. Shipley, Center, Arizona Cardinals (Team Captain)

  • Shipley helped the Cardinals rushing attack to 135 yards in their 36-26 loss to the 49ers.

Donovan Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Smith helped the Buccaneers’ rushing attack to just 36 yards in loss to the Saints.

Robbie Gould, Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

  • Gould did not play due to injury in the 49ers’ tilt with the Cardinals.

Sam Ficken, Kicker, New York Jets

  • Ficken was 4-5 in extra point attempts and 0-1 in field goal attempts in the Jets’ 34-17 win over the Redskins.

For The Glory Offensive Player of the Week:

Chris Godwin

Despite not putting up his usual high-yardage game, Godwin did enough win this week’s award because of a very slow week from the rest of the Nittany Lion offensive core in the NFL. He would finish with 47 yards with a nice touchdown that you can check out below.

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Defense:

Adrian Amos, Safety, Green Bay Packers

  • The Packers were on a BYE in Week 11.

Troy Apke, Safety, Washington Redskins

  • Apke recorded two tackles in the Redskins’ 34-17 loss to the Jets.

Jack Crawford, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

  • Crawford recorded three tackles in the Falcons’ 29-3 win over the Panthers.

Grant Haley, Cornerback, New York Giants

  • The Giants were on a BYE in Week 11.

Austin Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • The Titans were on a BYE in Week 11.

DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • The Titans were on a BYE in Week 11.

Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

  • Lee made two total tackles in the Cowboys’ 35-27 win over the Lions.

Jordan Lucas, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

  • On Monday Night Football, Lucas tallied just on tackle in a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers

Carl Nassib, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Captain)

  • Nassib was OUT for the Buccaneers’ matchup with the Saints.

Nick Scott, Safety, Los Angeles Rams

  • Scott recorded one tackle on the Rams’ win over the Bears on Sunday Night Football.

Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

  • The Titans were on a BYE in Week 11.

Anthony Zettel, Defensive End, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Zettel recorded four total tackles in the Bengals’ 17-10 loss to the Raiders.

For the Glory Defensive Player of the Week:

Anthony Zettel

With BYE weeks and injuries, there was a massive shortage of options to pick for this week’s Defensive Player of Week. In a generous spirit, we awarded this week’s award to Anthony Zettel, who had a respectable day. He recorded four tackles which was easily his best week of the 2019 season.

Inactive Players:

Ryan Bates, Offensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills
Saeed Blacknall, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Bell, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Brendan Mahon, Offensive Guard, Carolina Panthers
Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard, Dallas Cowboys
Trace McSorley, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Shareef Miller, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Detroit Lions
Kyle Vasey, Long Snapper, Atlanta Falcons
Stefen Wisniewski, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals

Week 10

Week 10


Offense:

Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants (Team Captain)

  • Barkley struggled to get anything going against the Jets. He rushed for just one yard on 13 carries. He added five receptions for 30 yards in the
    Giants’ 34-27 loss to the Jets.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

  • Gesicki made three receptions for 28 yards in the Dolphins’ 16-12 win over the Colts.

Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Godwin made six receptions for 74 yards in the Buccaneers’ 30-27 win over the Cardinals.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

  • The Broncos were on a BYE in Week 10.

Jesse James, Tight End, Detroit Lions

  • James did not make any receptions in the Lions’ 20-13 loss to the Bears.

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

  • Robinson made six receptions for 86 yards in the Bears’ 20-13 loss to the Lions.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

  • The Eagles were on a BYE in Week 10.

A.Q. Shipley, Center, Arizona Cardinals (Team Captain)

  • Shipley helped the Cardinals rushing attack to just 75 yards in their 30-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Donovan Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Smith helped the Buccaneers’ rushing attack to 118 yards in their win over the Cardinals.

Robbie Gould, Kicker, San Francisco 49ers

  • Gould did not play due to injury in Monday Night’s wild game.

Sam Ficken, Kicker, New York Jets

  • Ficken was 4-4 in extra point attempts and 2-3 in field goal attempts in the Jets’ 34-27 win over the Giants. His long was a 53 yard field goal.

For The Glory Offensive Player of the Week:

Sam Ficken

It was again a slow week for our PSU in the NFL offensive players so the award goes to Sam Ficken. In the Jets’ win over the Giants, he nailed a season long 53-yard field goal. He was 4-4 in extra points and missed just one 54-yard field goal.

Defense:

Adrian Amos, Safety, Green Bay Packers

  • Amos picked up six total tackles in a 24-16 win over the Panthers.

Troy Apke, Safety, Washington Redskins

  • The Redskins were on a BYE in Week 10.

Jack Crawford, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

  • Crawford did not make any tackles in the Falcons’ 26-9 win over the Saints.

Grant Haley, Cornerback, New York Giants

  • Haley recorded two total tackles in the Giants’ loss to the Jets.

Austin Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Johnson recorded two total tackles in the Titans’ 35-32 win over the Chiefs.

DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Titans

  • Jones made two total tackles in the Titans’ win over the Chiefs.

Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

  • Lee made four total tackles in the Cowboys’ 28-24 loss to the Vikings.

Jordan Lucas, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Lucas did not make any tackles in the Chiefs’ loss to the Titans.

Carl Nassib, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Captain)

  • Nassib was OUT for the Buccaneers’ matchup with the Cardinals.

Nick Scott, Safety, Los Angeles Rams

  • Scott did not record any tackles in their 17-12 loss to the Steelers.

Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

  • Wake did not record any tackles in the Titans’ win over the Chiefs.

Anthony Zettel, Defensive End, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Zettel recorded one total tackles in the Bengals’ 49-13 loss to the Ravens.

For the Glory Defensive Player of the Week:

Adrian Amos

Like the offense players, it was a very quiet week for the Nittany Lion defensive alum in Week 10. Our reward goes to Adrian Amos who was the only one who did anything of note as he recorded six total tackles in the Packers’ win over the Panthers.

Inactive Players:

Ryan Bates, Offensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills
Saeed Blacknall, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Brandon Bell, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Brendan Mahon, Offensive Guard, Carolina Panthers
Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard, Dallas Cowboys
Trace McSorley, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Shareef Miller, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Amani Oruwariye, Cornerback, Detroit Lions
Kyle Vasey, Long Snapper, Atlanta Falcons
Stefen Wisniewski, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Williams, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals
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