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    The Lions look to make it 3 wins in a row

    Updated: November 3rd, 2010
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    Penn State vs Northwestern

    Game Preview

    The Nittany Lions fresh off their best offensive performance of the season host the Northwestern Wildcats this Saturday at Happy Valley. The winner of this contest will improve to 3-2 in the Big Ten. Can Penn State repeat last week’s offensive explosion? Is Evan Royster back?

    When Penn State has the ball: The Lions’ offensive line has looked good the last two weeks against the two worst defensive lines in the Big Ten. Throughout the season, he has run with his head down and missed the few holes that the offensive line had opened. However, RB Royster looked like a different back last week when he ran with confidence and broke tackles. QB Rob Bolden will return from his concussion symptoms and will start. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing since QB McGloin played so well last week. Sledding should be a little rougher this week against the Northwestern defense which plays well as a team and has been successful at stopping opponents on third down.
    Edge-Small Penn State

    When Northwestern has the ball:
    The Wildcat offensive line has struggled in pass protection of late and has now given up 27 sacks on the year. QB Dan Persa’s mobility has prevented that number from being higher. Penn State has struggled to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks partly due to injuries although they have improved of late. Northwestern’s short passing game will test the IQ of the Penn State secondary who has played well this year considering the lack of a pass rush. Penn State does not possess the explosive athletes on defense that we are used to seeing but they still have enough talent to slow the Wildcat attack.
    Edge-Small Northwestern

    Special Teams:
    Both Teams have been excellent in the return coverage this year. Penn State has been a little better in kicking field goals and in kickoff returns but not enough to say that they have a substantial edge in Special Teams.
    No Edge


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