Much like the football team, the VBR staff looks to return to their winning ways this week after we all whiffed on the UCF win over the Lions. With the Golden Flashes visiting Happy Valley on Saturday at 3:30, here are our takes on the game.
Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)
I’m giving myself partial credit for last week. Sure, my score was wrong (and the winner), but I did expect a high scoring affair! As for the game taking place this weekend, I think you’ll see a fired up PSU defense, looking to atone for their sins of a week ago. I look for the defensive leaders, guys like Deion Barnes, DaQuan Jones, Glenn Carson, Malcolm Willis, and Adrian Amos to step up and lead an inspired defensive performance. If Dri Archer is indeed out as it sounds like may be the case, their job will be much easier. On the other side of the ball, it is really just a matter of seeing how much more of the offense O’Brien gives Hack the keys to, and just how many yards Allen Robinson puts up.
Penn State 38, Kent State 10
Co-Editor Barry Leonard Jr. (@barryleonardjr)
Just like the Nittany Lions, I’ll try to rebound this week with my prediction.
Kent State presents an excellent chance for the Nittany Lions to get back into the win column.
The Golden Flashes are 1-2 and playing without their best playmaker, running back Dri Archer. I expect John Butler’s defense to take out its anger from last week’s poor performance on the Golden Flashes.
Christian Hackenberg and the offense will continue to roll and will score over 30 points for the third-straight game. PSU wins this one. 38-14.
Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)
This is a very important game for Penn State. Not because of the opponent, but because it’s the last game before Big Ten play begins. I’m looking for John Butler’s defense to come out very aggressive from the start because I’m pretty sure Glenn Carson, Deion Barnes and co. are really tired of hearing about how bad the defense was against UCF. Zwinak rushes for two more touchdowns, Hackenberg throws for 300+ yards and two scores and Allen Robinson goes over 100 yards receiving yet again.
Penn State 34 Kent State 17
Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)
Kent State is not the type of team that is going to scare Penn State, even after a deflating defensive performance last Saturday night. The Golden Flashes have 1 win, and that was against Liberty. They have been blown out in their other two contests (Bowling Green and LSU). Kent State is also likely to be without all-MAC RB Dri Archer who is still suffering the lingering effects of an ankle sprain back in game 1. That puts the weight of the entire team on the shoulders of freshman QB Colin Reardon. He has completed nearly 66.0% of his passes with 4 TDs, and he’s the team’s second leading rusher with 106 yards. An intriguing defensive mathcup to keep your eye on is how Penn State cornerbacks Trevor Williams and Jordan Lucas fare against the receiving tandem of Chris Humphrey and Tyshon Goode. Combined, the duo have hauled in 27 passes in three games.
Offensively, Penn State has been rolling, and I see no reason the same trendwon’t continue in this game. Christian Hackenberg has been looking better and more comfortable with the offense each week. I predict that Saturday afternoon should see the Nittany Lions post another game scoring at least 30 points, and the defense gets back to dominating the line of scrimmage to hold Kent State to 10 points. Penn State 37 Kent State 10