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Penn State Quick Predictions

Orange fans probably won't be too happy in Happy Valley.
If you are on the Twitter at all, you know there has been a systematic campaign to trend #BeatPennState among several Syracuse alumni. This is fun, and we all enjoy bashing on state schools. However, I think we all know what is in store for the Orange in Happy Valley.

Syracuse comes into State College after losing a heartbreaking home opener in overtime. While QB Greg Paulus (19/31, 167yds, 1 TD, 1 INT) had a decent game, save for the finale, the offense sputtered to a grinding halt in the second half. Syracuse failed to adjust to the defensive pressure that Minnesota used. Syracuse will have to this Saturday to find success on the football field. The Orange face a beast of a defensive line and obviously great linebackers from Penn State. It will be crucial for Paulus to make quick decisions and throw the ball early enough to avoid several sacks and pressure. On defense, Arthur Jones and company will have their hands full against QB Daryll Clark (29/40, 353yds, 3 TD, 1 INT), who is an excellent passer in the Big Ten. Additionally, RB Evan Royster (14att, 61yds, 4.4avg, 1 TD) is dangerous on the ground, and earned 101 yards on the ground against Syracuse last season. The defense will have to continue their success in stopping the run, and then adjust in the second half to try to prevent the aerial assault that will commence. The secondary of Syracuse versus PSU’s wide receivers will be the key matchup in this game, and Syracuse will have a good three quarters, but fatigue will set in and there will be coverage errors late in the game to pad the scores a bit. I’m taking Penn State in the game 40 to 24.
Syracuse takes on Penn State in State College at 12:00pm on the Big Ten Network. If you do not have the Big Ten Network, you’ll probably be heading to a bar. To those making the trip, enjoy and try not to get too intimidated by the thousands upon thousands of PSU fans that will surely be stern in their verbal thrashes. Either way, it should be entertaining. Much like Twitter has been all day.

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