Penn State is a few days away from a berth in a New Year's Six bowl...perhaps.
And maybe, it's headed to the Granddaddy of them all...or not.
It's bowl silly season, and as cut and dried as things tend to seem for the 10-2 Nittany Lions right now with Selection Sunday just a few days away, all that stands in the way of a trip to Pasadena seems to be a little bit of chaos.
If Penn State is indeed going to the Rose Bowl, it's going to need a little bit of help from a serious enemy. So, who should Nittany Lions fans be rooting for Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game?
Penn Stated host Donnie Collins discusses that and other bowl possibilities with the dean of the Penn State football beat, Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle.
Donnie also hands out his regular season awards. Find out who the offensive player of the year went to. Did the Defensive Player of the Year award go where you figured it might? What was the game of the year? And, which James Franklin aide actually beat out defensive coordinator Manny Diaz for top assistant coach honors, in Donnie's mind?
Penn State head coach James Franklin won his 100th career game last week in a thumping of Rutgers.
It didn't seem to matter much to some Nittany Lions fans who wonder if Franklin is the man holding a championship-caliber program back.
On this week's episode of the Penn Stated podcast, host Donnie Collins celebrates Thanksgiving week and the spirit of thankfulness by wondering why so many fans aren't as appreciative of Franklin's success with the program he has helmed for eight seasons. Especially in a season when Penn State - a team led by several talented freshmen - has shown so much promise.
Also, Donnie discusses the importance of Saturday's game against Michigan State for a Nittany Lions team snubbed in the College Football Playoff rankings this week.
Penn State is entering the final two games of the 2022 regular season with New Year's Six bowl dreams and, get this, legitimate hopes that its future will be brighter than its present.
Penn Stated host Donnie Collins talk and special guest, longtime Penn State beat writer Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record, about where the Nittany Lions have exceeded expectations this season, where they've maybe not quite met them, and whether it is all adding up toward an exciting 2023. Are these Nittany Lions actually underrated right now?
Donnie also delves into Penn State's bowl chances, detailing where it could end up come the postseason, and what the next few weeks will say about that. Plus, he offers his prediction for the clash with Rutgers on Saturday.
Coming off a thorough domination of Indiana last weekend, Penn State is eyeing its way back into the top 10 and looking like a possibility for a prestigious New Year's Six bowl bid. Even the granddaddy of them all - the venerable Rose Bowl - seems like a possibility.
But as everything seems to be in the world of Penn State football, there are still so many sidebars, so many interesting debates to be had and decisions to be made.
On this week's episode of Penn Stated, host Donnie Collins chats about what the bowl game will mean to Penn State's present and future with DK Pittsburgh Sports Penn State beat writer Cory Giger about Penn State's bowl possibilities, what the best matchup would be, who should be the quarterback in that game, and what it all could mean for head coach James Franklin's reputation among those who doubt him.
Donnie also recaps the Indiana game, focusing on the contributions of so many true freshmen and whether that type of performance is sustainable the rest of the season. Plus, his early prediction for Saturday's game against Maryland.
Penn State lost its second game of the season last Saturday. It shouldn't have, perhaps. But, it did.
Which means, it's time to have the discussion the Nittany Lions have wanted to avoid all year, time to answer what, perhaps, is somewhat of a program-defining question at this stage for the team.
On this week's Penn Stated podcast, host Donnie Collins delves into those questions and provides some focus on what the Nittany Lions should be looking to do as they head down the homestretch in the 2022 season.
Should Sean Clifford, after an otherwise brilliant performance sullied by four back-breaking turnovers, lose his starting job at quarterback?
Should Penn State give a month-long look to true freshman backup quarterback Drew Allar? What are the benefits and drawbacks to that?
And, perhaps most importantly, how important is winning in today's College Football Playoff era, if you aren't winning every week? Is there still value in another potential 10-win season for the Nittany Lions? What about playing in a prestigious New Year's Six bowl game?
We look to the past, present and future on this week's episode of Penn Stated.
A week after what host Donnie Collins believes was the most impressive home atmosphere in the history of the annual White Out game against Minnesota, the Penn Stated podcast is honoring the spirit of the paying customer with a fan-centered episode heading into the No. 13 Nittany Lions' clash with No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.
Donnie recaps the Minnesota game, predicts the winner of the battle with the Buckeyes, and with the help of a local Nittany Lions fan, attempts to discuss the themes of a season the fans haven't always found satisfying.
Why are a certain segment of fans still not sold on James Franklin?
Why isn't backup quarterback Drew Allar playing more?
Are fans simply bored with starting QB Sean Clifford?
And why do so many look at the Ohio State game as the biggest litmus test for where Franklin's program is?
All that and more on a special episode of Penn Stated.
Penn State's biggest weakness got exposed in a blowout loss to Michigan, and it's not the issue that most want to talk about. So, we'll talk about that one, too.
Host Donnie Collins discusses the Nittany Lions' porous run defense and how it will have to be fixed with the hard-nosed Minnesota rushing offense coming to Beaver Stadium for the White Out on Saturday.
He also has a chat with StateCollege.com's Penn State beat writer, Ben Jones, about his contention that giving backup quarterback Drew Allar more playing time might give him more experience and James Franklin some more patience from Nittany Lions fans -- even if Clifford gives Penn State the better chance to win games in the present.
Plus, will Donnie back off his months-old vow to pick the Golden Gophers to win in the famed White Out this week? All this and more on the latest episode of Penn Stated.
Penn State is 5-0, ranked in the top-10 and facing a top-5 opponent on the road with a chance at a memorable season resting in the balance.
On this week's Penn Stated podcast, host Donnie Collins talks with veteran Penn State beat writer Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle to break down what the Nittany Lions will need to do avoid a collapse similar to the one they couldn't avoid when they were 5-0 in 2021. Plus, who is the most important person on Penn State's sideline this week, when it comes to formulating a path to victory against unbeaten Michigan?
Donnie also chats with colleague Joe Baress, the Times-Tribune's wrestling writer who is also a longtime Michigan fan. Who are both of them picking to walk out of the Big House with a victory on Saturday? And, which of Penn State's two quarterbacks - veteran Sean Clifford or talented-but-untested true freshman Drew Allar - would Joe rather his beloved Wolverines have to face in pursuit of an important win on Saturday?
All that, and even a little bonus baseball coverage, on this week's episode of Penn Stated.
Sean Clifford is playing well, but Drew Allar is the future. There's no doubt about either, and on this week's episode of Penn Stated, host Donnie Collins chats with former Penn State star quarterback and West Scranton legend Matt McGloin about which signal-caller gives the Nittany Lions the best chance to win, right now?
Also, what does Donnie believe this team needs to do much better to be a factor in the Big Ten title race? And, a prediction for the upcoming game against Northwestern at Beaver Stadium.
On the latest episode of Penn Stated, host Donnie Collins discusses the historical significance of Penn State's thumping of previously unbeaten Auburn at Jordan Hare Stadium, a destination where no Big Ten team has ventured before. He also addresses head coach James Franklin's insistence that he'd never want to play a home-and-home, regular season series with another program of Auburn's ilk again. Plus, the mailbag is opened for a discussion about one formation that is helping the Nittany Lions running game power up.
On this week's episode of Penn Stated, host Donnie Collins talks about an easy decision the emergence of true freshman running back Nick Singleton has made for the coaching staff in the running game -- and how there might be a more difficult decision to be made with their young quarterback as the season progresses. He also delves into the emergence of walk-on linebacker Dominic DeLuca, and what that might indicate about the Nittany Lions' future plans for the position. Plus, as always, a prediction on Penn State's big game this weekend, on Saturday at Auburn.
On this week's episode of Penn Stated, host Donnie Collins breaks down whether the continued struggles of the running game can be fixed, and looks at the benefits of the extra pressure dialed up by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz in his first game with the Nittany Lions. Also, we take a closer look at the season ending injury suffered by Scranton Prep star London Montgomery with Times-Tribune high school football beat writer Joby Fawcett.
Penn State safety Ji'Ayir Brown might be the best player on the Nittany Lions' roster in 2022, but in 2018, he was once the last player to receive a spot on a loaded roster at Lackawanna College. Head coach Mark Duda joins host Donnie Collins on the Penn Stated podcast this week to discuss Brown's rise to being one of college football's most impactful players, along with the present and future of the Lackawanna-to-Penn State pipeline. He also previews Lackawanna's 2022 season, which start's Saturday, and gives some insight into why the popular Last Chance U documentary series never came to Scranton, even though it wanted to.
Donnie also breaks down the most interesting news of the week and gives his prediction for the season opener at Purdue on Sept. 1.
His head coaching tenure at his alma mater didn't last long, but Manny Diaz's work as a defensive coordinator has been stellar. His defenses at programs like Texas, Mississippi State and Miami consistently were among the best in the nation at forcing turnovers and creating havoc in the backfield. Now, the former Hurricanes boss is trying to resurrect his career as a head coaching prospect by leading a stacked Penn State defense to greater heights. As the 2022 season preview continues on Penn Stated, host Donnie Collins talks about why Happy Valley could be the perfect landing spot for Diaz, and why the Nittany Lions should be among the nation's top defenses this fall.
In the 2022 season preview for the offense and special teams, Penn Stated host Donnie Collins delves into two players Penn State lost to the NFL who the coaching staff is hoping to replace by committee this fall. Will that work? Who are the players most likely to fill bigger roles? And can Penn State's longtime biggest weakness become somewhat of a strength?
On the debut episode of Penn Stated, host Donnie Collins looks at the highs and lows, the pros and cons, of Nittany Lions starting quarterback Sean Clifford. After an offseason that saw both his NIL agency and national profile in the burgeoning field rise, is Clifford focused on the task of leading Penn State back to the prominence it achieved in the Big Ten before two straight mediocre seasons? Is he the best quarterback for a team with such a bright future? There are so many questions surrounding a player Penn State and its fans know so well.