Andy’s Insights: What to look for when No. 4 Penn State visits No. 17 Minnesota

Andys Insights
November 8, 2019

Another fast start and making Golden Gophers uncomfortable will serve Penn State well on the road To be perfectly candid, I was shocked Penn State was ranked No. 4 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings. It wasn’t because the Nittany Lions didn’t belong, though. The fact the committee did an honest resume evaluation was refreshing. Penn State is clearly a Top 5 team in the nation right now. That…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Bye Week No. 2 comes at a Perfect Time

Andys Insights
November 1, 2019

Penn State ranked No. 5 is right where they should be as one of eight undefeated FBS teams in the country As Penn State fans get ready for the second football free weekend of the season with the Nittany Lions enjoying their second bye week of the year, James Franklin’s undefeated squad is smack in the middle of the college football playoff picture. At 8-0 and ranked No. 5 in…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: What to look for against Michigan State

Andys Insights
October 25, 2019

Spartans QB Brian Lewerke has had Penn State’s number the last two years and will once again play a key role Penn State and head coach James Franklin will tell you this week is all about being 1-0, but we all know this road game at Michigan State is much more than that. Sparty has registered back-to-back victories over the Nittany Lions and each of those losses did some serious…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: For Once the Ending was Different

Andys Insights
October 22, 2019

Win No. 7 looked like several other losses by Penn State in big games   Penn State is 7-0, ranked No. 6 in the country and has a pair of victories over Top 25 ranked teams this season. Those are the cold, hard facts and they are not up for debate. This is a very good Nittany Lions football team. It’s flawed offensively big-time, but Penn State is still a…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: What to keep an eye on Saturday against Michigan

Andys Insights
October 18, 2019

Penn State is a match-up nightmare for Michigan but Wolverines QB Shea Patterson is the wildcard For Penn State fans this part of the schedule is all about the Big Three – Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. We all know James Franklin is 3-12 against these three heavyweights in the Big Ten East. Michigan is the first test in 2019 when it comes to the Big Three and I…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Talking about Kickers

Andys Insights
October 15, 2019

Time to add punter Blake Gillikin and kicker Jordan Stout to the Penn State impact players list Penn State is halfway through the regular season and the Nittany Lions are perfect at 6-0. Honestly, with the talent assembled by head coach James Franklin six wins in as many games is not a huge surprise. The schedule will get tougher and it starts with one-loss Michigan at home Saturday for a…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Quarterbacks in the spotlight for Penn State at Iowa

Andys Insights
October 10, 2019

Look for night game at Kinnick Stadium to be decided by either Sean Clifford or Nate Stanley University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium for a night game is one of those atmospheres every college football fans should put on their bucket list. You have the pink lockerrooms for the visitors, the fans are right on top of the players with very little room on the sidelines and it is so loud…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: How you respond matters

Andys Insights
October 8, 2019

Sutherland, coach Franklin respond to a personal attack on a player and the Nittany Lions program If you have not read the narrow, short-sighted and shallow letter penned by Penn State alum Dave Petersen and sent to Nittany Lions junior safety Jonathan Sutherland, do yourself a favor and go find it online and give a read. Mr. Petersen has a right to his opinion. But this was personal and he…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: What to look for when Purdue visits Beaver Stadium

Andys Insights
October 3, 2019

Boilermakers are injury laden and struggling so keep an eye on Lions’ intensity and attention to detail Penn State is 4-0, ranked inside the Top 15 and flying high after clubbing Maryland (again) in its first road game of the season. After playing a nearly perfect half of football against the Terrapins, there is precious little to zero in on for the upcoming match-up when a struggling and banged up 1-3…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Wealth of riches at the linebacker position

Andys Insights
October 1, 2019

With the emergence of Ellis Brooks and Jesse Luketa, Penn State has five bona-fide Big Ten starting LB’s As Penn State gets ready to face a banged up and struggling Purdue outfit Saturday at Beaver Stadium for the 100th homecoming, my radar early this week is focused on the defense. Maryland is not a team lacking in speed at the skill positions at all. Yet when I watched the play-by-play…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Maryland never had a chance Friday night

Andys Insights
September 28, 2019

The talent, speed and depth of this Penn State squad was on full display for a national audience to see   What do you do coming off a bye week if you are a talented football team striving to get better? For Penn State it meant going on the road to a hostile environment and playing a near flawless game. If it gets much better than Friday night in College…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Thoughts on Penn State QB Sean Clifford through three games

Andys Insights
September 24, 2019

Zero interceptions and nearly 800 passing yards is a solid start for redshirt sophomore first-year starter There was plenty to digest during this off week for Penn State. Players, position groups, coaching staff all received a three-game analysis during the first of two bye weeks for the Nittany Lions. The reviews for quarterback Sean Clifford have been mixed. Those who think the first-year starter has been below average most likely…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Bye Week Thoughts Part 2

Andys Insights
September 19, 2019

Players and positions were the focus in Part 1, now time to talk about the coaching staff In the first part of my Penn State bye week observations and thoughts the focus was on the players and several of the position groups. Now it’s time for the coaching staff. James Franklin is a very good college football head coach in the modern game. Franklin is an outstanding CEO at the…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Bye Week Thoughts Part 1

Andys Insights
September 17, 2019

A few thoughts after 12 quarters and what it means going forward for Penn State This opening three-game schedule could not have been any more ideal for this Penn State team. Three opponents with less talent than the Nittany Lions allowed the coaching staff to play a ton of players on a fairly consistent basis. Despite the nip-and-tuck affair with rival Pitt, the bottom line is Penn State is exactly…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Three keys for Penn State Saturday

Andys Insights
September 13, 2019

Aggressive offense, kicking game and defensive line are the recipe for Penn State victory As Penn State and Pitt get set for the 100th and most likely final meeting for the foreseeable future Saturday, I have three keys for the Nittany Lions to make it three straight wins. After watching Pitt lose to Virginia and beat Ohio University at home to start the 2019 campaign, what stands out to me…

Read More >>

Andy’s Insights: Time for Penn State-Pitt rivalry to end

Andys Insights
September 10, 2019

After 100 years this game feels more forced than natural in terms of a rivalry For the 100th and most likely final time, at least for the foreseeable future, The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh (Penn State-Pitt) will square off at Beaver Stadium. I’m not a “fan” of either team, but as a military brat who grew up all around the world, I always followed the two…

Read More >>