Pitt Game Preview: Penn State

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Game Three: Pitt (1-1) @ Penn State (2-0)

Saturday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m.

Series Record: Penn State 52-43-4

Last Game: Penn State won 51-6 (2018)

This weekend Pitt and Penn State meet for the 100th time in the history of this intra-state rivalry. One of the major talking points surrounding this game has been how it is the final contest between the two schools for the foreseeable future. It is a shame that Penn State has decided that they don’t care enough about this historic rivalry to ensure it is played yearly. Especially since other non-conference rivals around the country have been able to make it work, including Iowa-Iowa State being played this very weekend. However, enough inane takes related to this and other incredibly important matters, such as Pat Narduzzi’s media policy (I’m being sarcastic here), have been and will continue to be made. It may actually be worth something to take a look at what the Panthers will have to deal with when they travel to State College this weekend.

Offense

Penn State had to replace a legend at the most important position this season. Trace McSorley holds the program record for Career Wins by a Quarterback (31), Passing Yards (9,899), and Passing Touchdowns (77). The departure of such a talented and experienced quarterback will undoubtedly lead to some regression in how productive the Nittany Lions’ offense will be this season. The question is of course how well new starter Sean Clifford can mitigate this decline. So far the Sophomore signal-caller has looked fairly impressive, completing 66.7% of his passes for 559 yards, 6 Touchdowns and no Interceptions. He’s also added 108 yards on the ground. The big caveat though is that he racked up these statistics against FCS Idaho and Buffalo. This weekend will be his first career start against a Power 5 opponent. 

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