It’s hard to believe that senior day is already here. The past 2 and a half months have certainly flown by. Another fantastic senior class, and one that will always hold a special place in Penn State football history will say their goodbyes tomorrow, with an opportunity to make a statement with a win over Nebraska. Here’s what the VBR staff expects.
Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)
Going into the season, this felt like one of those coin flip games that could go either way. 10 games in, I still feel the same way. The key is going to be how the PSU defense performs, as has been the case most of the last month. Going back to the 2nd half of the Minnesota game, PSU appears to have turned a bit of a corner, but will get a stiff test from Ameer Abdullah, who is putting together a fantastic junior season, and a Nebraska passing attack that isn’t terribly potent, but certainly capable of hitting the big play.
I expect a pretty high scoring affair, but PSU has been good at home, and found a way to make plays when needed. That stays true, and the PSU seniors get a home win in their finale for the 2nd straight year. 31-27 Lions.
Co Editor Barry Leonard Jr (@barryleonardjr)
Penn State plays its final home game of the season when the Nebraska Cornhuskers come to town. Attendance has been a bit of a problem this year, but with a 3:30 kickoff, a rival opponent and Senior Day, I expect Beaver Stadium to be full and rocking. The Nittany Lions played a great game last week in a 45-21 victory over Purdue.
Nebraska is coming off a big loss to Michigan State and have had a season full of ups and downs. The Cornhuskers have struggled with consistency this season, especially in the absence of quarterback and offensive leader Taylor Martinez.
I look for Penn State to continue the success they’ve found on the ground recently with a healthy dose of Bill Belton, Zach Zwinak and Akeel Lynch. I also expect a big day from Allen Robinson, who could be playing his last Penn State home game. Like always, this game will be close, but the Nittany Lions will use the home field advantage to come out on top.
Penn State wins, 27-21.
Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)
This is a tough one for me. I think that Nebraska has the better team, but Taylor Martinez’s play making abilities were so instrumental the last two meetings, which were both close Nebraska wins. Even without Martinez, the Cornhuskers are still pretty solid at many positions. However, their defense has been suspect recently and if Hackenberg plays well, Penn State might be able to score enough to win. Call me a Debbie Downer, but it’s hard to pick the Nittany Lions due to the fact that they haven’t played consistently well in consecutive games all season long.
Score: Penn State 24 Nebraska 34
Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)
The Nittany Lions enter Senior Day 2013 with a huge question mark hanging over their collective heads. What has been the best win for this year’s Nittany Lions squad? Certainly the 4 OT thriller over Michigan was the most exciting, but was it really that good of a win now that Michigan is an “also-ran”. This Saturday shapes up to be the best chance the Nittany Lions have to get a signature win for the 2013 campaign, and while my head says ‘no’ my heart says ‘yes’. The Cornhuskers have lost a lot of their luster after losing at home last week in a Legend’s Division showdown with Michgan State.
Look for Penn State to play with intensity and fire, showing a go-for-broke attitude while Nebraska will still be shell-shocked at the outset. Abdullah will get his yards on the ground, but I think the Nittany Lions have just enough to get the job done for the departing seniors.
Penn State – 27 Nebraska – 23