Penn State is coming off a near-upset while Pitt is hyped to host their rival
Is it a rivalry or isn’t it? That’s the question among fans going into the Penn State/Pitt game this weekend at Heinz Field. The Penn State proud shrug off the rivalry claims made by Pitt and head coach Pat Narduzzi, who have pumped up their program heading into this weekend.
Here’s how you can watch the game this weekend without having to go to Pittsburgh.
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Announcers: Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge
Online streaming: WatchABC
Last year Pitt fell apart in Beaver Stadium against the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions 33-14 after scoring one touchdown. Max Browne got the majority of snaps at quarterback, but quarterback Ben DiNucci got the only score when he rushed for three yards with 10 minutes left in the game.
Trace McSorley threw three touchdowns in the win and rushed for 65 yards, but the Penn State offense looks very different in year five of James Franklin. Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki, and DaeSean Hamilton were all drafted into the NFL and Saeed Blacknall earned a spot on the Raiders practice squad.
On defense the Nittany Lions lost a lot of talent, starting with linebacker Jason Cabinda and safety Mark Allen. Troy Apke, Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren, Brandon Smith, Christian Campbell were all either drafted or in training camps, and linebacker Manny Bowen, who was suspended, retired to pursue academics.
It’s a very different Penn State team, but they remain in contention for the Big Ten and potentially a National Championship. Coach Narduzzi and Pitt are one of 10 programs standing in their way as the Nittany Lions make their first road trip of the season.