We’re now just hours away from one of the most-anticipated matchups of the season: Pitt at Penn State.
It’s a rivalry that spans 124 years and 97 meetings, involving universities just 160 miles apart on I-80. It’s a Saturday afternoon game worth looking at from every angle — so we have you covered:
Previews (Looking at the game from different angles)
Todd Blackledge discusses Penn State-Pitt rivalry, previews game: The former Penn State QB, who’ll be calling the game, chatted with us about the Pitt matchup and what he expects.
12 months after the Pitt loss, Penn State eager to show Panthers its new identity: Plenty of people point to last season’s Minnesota and Ohio State games as turning points, but Pitt might’ve been the most important game of all. That’s not lost on PSU’s players; that game also helped make them what they are today.
Penn State focusing on Pitt ‘game-wrecker’ Quadree Henderson: Franklin said earlier this week, “Quadree Henderson, in my opinion, is the issue in the game.” Here’s why — and how PSU is preparing for him.
Getting to know the Panthers with DK Pittsburgh Sports’ beat writer: Insight on Penn State’s opponent from one of the most knowledgeable sources around.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi treating this like a big game: “It’s just not another weekend. ... It’s a big game, it really is, and I want our guys locked in.”
Penn State coach James Franklin treating this like any other game: “You focus on the things you can control. Outside noise is not one of them. Expectations are not one of them. Cheers or boos are not one of them. So that’s why we don’t change our approach.”
Penn State-Pitt podcast: We condense a lot of information in 20 minutes, including what Pitt has to do to have a chance and where PSU fits into the national picture right now.
Penn State not taking Pitt QB Max Browne lightly: He’s only played one game for Pitt — and didn’t show much — but the Nittany Lions have reason to believe he’s capable of more.
Two Penn State matchups that could have a big impact on the game: We look at one offensive matchup for Penn State and one defensive matchup.
Features (Getting to know the Nittany Lions, and the rivalry)
How East Stroudsburg — pork rolls, VHS and Joe Paterno — shaped James Franklin into a Big Ten champion: This is the most important part of Franklin’s origin story and, in many ways, it’s how his path to being the Penn State football coach began.
Looking back on the most memorable games of the Pitt-PSU series: We rank the top-5 games of all-time, starting with the 1896 meeting that started all the hate.
‘Five Questions’ with former Penn Stater Stephon Morris: OK, OK. This one doesn’t necessarily touch on Pitt — but you’ll still want to give this a read. Morris dishes some inside information on Illinois poaching Penn State’s players; it might make you like Bill O’Brien even more.
Added depth making OL coach Matt Limegrover’s job a harder one — in a good way: With more talent and depth than PSU’s had in years, Limegrover is faced with some important decisions. But he knows he’s got a lot to work with; he’s not complaining.
True freshman Yetur Gross-Matos drawing rave reviews: Franklin thought he’d be ready by Game 5, but he showed a lot already despite not being completely ready.
Predictions (For Penn State-Pitt and elsewhere in the Big Ten)
Pitt at No. 4 Penn State
Josh Moyer: Penn State 38-14
John McGonigal: Penn State 42-13
Gordon Brunskill: Penn State 48-16
Ryne Gery: Penn State 45-21
Nate Cobler: Penn State 38-13
Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin
Josh Moyer: Wisconsin 38-6
John McGonigal: Wisconsin 45-0
Gordon Brunskill: Wisconsin 38-9
Ryne Gery: Wisconsin 42-7
Nate Cobler: Wisconsin 30-17
Cincinnati at No. 8 Michigan
Josh Moyer: Michigan 41-0
John McGonigal: Michigan 35-7
Gordon Brunskill: Michigan 34-13
Ryne Gery: Michigan 31-10
Nate Cobler: Michigan 37-10
Northwestern at Duke
Josh Moyer: Northwestern 20-17
John McGonigal: Northwestern 31-28
Gordon Brunskill: Duke 24-23
Ryne Gery: Northwestern 24-7
Nate Cobler: Northwestern 28-10
Iowa at Iowa State
Josh Moyer: Iowa 24-21
John McGonigal: Iowa 24-16
Gordon Brunskill: Iowa 17-13
Ryne Gery: Iowa 27-17
Nate Cobler: Iowa 27-20
Towson at Maryland
Josh Moyer: Maryland 38-17
John McGonigal: Maryland 56-10
Gordon Brunskill: Maryland 33-17
Ryne Gery: Maryland 38-3
Nate Cobler: Maryland 30-13
Indiana at Virginia
Josh Moyer: Indiana 38-28
John McGonigal: Indiana 31-17
Gordon Brunskill: Virginia 27-24
Ryne Gery: Indiana 28-21
Nate Cobler: Indiana 27-10
Western Michigan at Michigan State
Josh Moyer: Michigan State 34-24
John McGonigal: Michigan State 24-21
Gordon Brunskill: Michigan State 48-10
Ryne Gery: Michigan State 20-17
Nate Cobler: Michigan State 30-27
Eastern Michigan at Rutgers
Josh Moyer: Rutgers 24-17
John McGonigal: Rutgers 20-10
Gordon Brunskill: Rutgers 31-9
Ryne Gery: Rutgers 24-10
Nate Cobler: Rutgers 20-10
Nebraska at Oregon
Josh Moyer: Oregon 38-24
John McGonigal: Oregon 42-27
Gordon Brunskill: Oregon 45-24
Ryne Gery: Oregon 35-21
Nate Cobler: Oregon 50-30
No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State
Josh Moyer: Ohio State 42-35
John McGonigal: Ohio State 34-31
Gordon Brunskill: Ohio State 31-28
Ryne Gery: Ohio State 38-35
Nate Cobler: Ohio State 27-20
Western Kentucky at Illinois
Josh Moyer: Western Kentucky 30-24
John McGonigal: Illinois 28-21
Gordon Brunskill: Illinois 27-20
Ryne Gery: Illinois 21-17
Nate Cobler: Western Kentucky 38-20
Minnesota at Oregon State
Josh Moyer: Minnesota 27-20
John McGonigal: Oregon State 20-16
Gordon Brunskill: Minnesota 21-20
Ryne Gery: Minnesota 21-10
Nate Cobler: Oregon State 33-17