Penn State and the Season to Forget

Penn State has not played as many people thought that they would. Currently sitting at 3-5 on the year, at this time last year Penn State was 8-0. Up to that point they had outscored the other teams 308 to 77 and they were ranked 10th in the nation. This year they have been outscored 228 to 186 and they are unranked. This was a team that on August 1st Sports Illustrated had them ranked going into the season as the 5th best team in the nation. Going as far as to call them “Franklin’s finest.” They even had Penn State beating Ohio State.

The whole ranking one greatly helped by the “ best defensive player in the nation Micah Parsons.” On August 6th he opted out. He cited the health of his son and the 2021 draft as the reasons saying, “ I put the heath of my son first and I will prepare for the draft.” Then came the most shocking news of all the Big Ten would not play college football, but then that was changed and they elected to play a nine game season.

In the first game of the season, Penn State lost by one point in double overtime. Or did they? Many people still believe that Penn State won. This play would result in Fandual a sports betting website in refunding millions to people that bet on Penn State winning. 

(Photo courtesy of Abby Drey, Centre Daily Times)

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr reaching for the two-point conversion to win.


This would lead to four losses in a row. Now sitting at five losses and zero wins on the season; Penn State would win three in a row.

Another reason that this could have happened is Penn State lost five players to the 2020 NFL draft. Top wide receiver KJ Hamler, defensive end Yuter Gross-Matos, Cornerback John Reid, Linebacker Cam Brown, and defensive tackle Robert Windsor. In addition to this Penn State has been playing with two quarterbacks. One of the best NFL coaches ever once said, “If you have two quarterbacks you have none.” With Sean Clifford and Will Levis seemingly being good unless one of the two leaves this same thing could happen. Another edge Penn State had over the rest of the Big Ten is the fans. With 106,572 people there weekly the noise makes a difference.   

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