Andy’s Insights: Tough spot for Penn State with Ohio State on Deck

October 30, 2020

Turnovers, penalties, poor special teams and the loss of another RB is a lot to overcome against the Buckeyes No way around it this is a tough spot for the 0-1 Penn State Nittany Lions. Ohio State (1-0) is very good, again, and the command of the offense displayed by quarterback Justin Fields – a one-time Penn State commitment – is nothing short of impressive. Why I see this as…


Andy’s Insights: Penn State football is finally back

October 23, 2020

Indiana will present a major test for the Nittany Lions right out of the gate In August I was sure we would never be where we are today. A Penn State football game being played in 2020 wasn’t a realistic expectation after the Big Ten abruptly shut it down. When the conference made the decision I wasn’t sure it was the right or wrong decision in light of the global…


Andy’s Insights: What to look for in the Cotton Bowl

December 27, 2019

Memphis is dangerous and Penn State has a strong counter punch in its arsenal Some are calling this Cotton Bowl game with the Memphis Tigers, a New Year’s Six Bowl Game by the way, a trap game for Penn State. Somehow the Nittany Lions fell out of favor with the College Football Playoff Committee and slipped down in the rankings and the consolation prize was this second-tier bowl game match-up….


Andy’s Insights: A tip of the cap to the 16 Penn State seniors

November 29, 2019

Several from this group of seniors stood out and Rutgers offers young guns some seat time Where did this 2019 season go? I feel like it was only a couple weeks ago we were focused on the running backs, the new starting quarterback and Buffalo was on deck. And in the blink of an eye it’s time for the final regular season game for this year. Penn State is set…


Andy’s Insights: What to look for when No. 8 Penn State visits No. 2 Ohio State

November 22, 2019

The struggle is real when it comes to seeing a roadmap for Penn State being competitive over 60 minutes This one is tough for me because, generally speaking, I like a lot of elements of this Penn State team and believe they are a very good football team. At the same time, I have zero expectation they will be able to compete with Ohio State Saturday afternoon inside The Horseshoe for…


Andy’s Insights: Penn State defense in the spotlight against Indiana

November 15, 2019

Hoosiers are confident, ranked for the first time in 25 years and own the firepower to test PSU defense Winning breeds confidence and belief in a team and for the second consecutive week Penn State will play a team that is comfortable in its own skin. Indiana pays a visit to Beaver Stadium ranked for the first time in 25 years, playing its very best football right now and dragging…


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

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…


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

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…


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

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…


Andy’s Insights: For Once the Ending was Different

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…


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

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…


Andy’s Insights: Talking about Kickers

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…


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

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…


Andy’s Insights: How you respond matters

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…


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

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…


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

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…