The Penn State Nittany Lions head back on the road today for another Big Ten away game. So far, the road has not been a friendly place for the Nittany Lions this season, having lost at both Indiana and Ohio State. Today brings a visit to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a team that’s in the midst of a three-game winning streak. This definitely won’t be an easy take for the Nittany Lions, especially with an early kickoff after traveling across the country.
If you are planning on gathering in front of a TV for the game, the game is on ESPN2 at 12:00 pm EST.
If you can’t get to a TV, the game is streaming live on Watch ESPN.
Below are some of my thoughts as we approach kickoff in what’s sure to be an entertaining game.
• Penn State has had to win two of the last three games in overtime. Last week against Illinois, the Nittany Lions started quick, but then got out of sync and faltered in the middle of the game. In their four-overtime win over Michigan, the Nittany Lions started slow, but turned it on late in the game. This week, it will be important to start fast and build a lead, putting pressure on the home team.
• Running back Bill Belton made another strong push last week to keep the starting job in the backfield. After struggling last season and starting slow this year, Belton has found his groove. He’s a dangerous offensive weapon who has become a huge part of Penn State’s game plan. He now leads the Nittany Lions with 668 rushing yards. Today, he’ll look to continue the success he found against Illinois. Belton set career highs with 36 carries and 201 rushing yards. Minnesota gives up over 140 yards a game on the ground, meaning Belton could be in store for another good game.
• Ok, so this is Deja Vu, but Allen Robinson always has to be at the center of any pre game thoughts. The junior wide receiver is again having a fantastic year and may be playing himself straight into the NFL Draft. Robinson has already put up 1,043 receiving yards and has found the end zone six times. He’s shown an uncanny ability to make the clutch catch when needed. In his last two games, he racked up a total of 338 receiving yards. If Penn State is going to be victorious today, Robinson is going to have to have another big game.
Games away from home are always tough, especially when they are conference matchups. A fast start will be key in this one. Minnesota, a team that’s been down for a while, presents a tough test this season. This should be a close game that goes down to the wire.
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