The conclusion from last week’s game was to not get too excited about a 79-7 victory over an FCS opponent that was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in its conference. The expectation Saturday night, after a week in which 72 players saw action against Idaho, is that the starters, including quarterback Sean Clifford, will get a longer run. It will be interesting to see if the Nittany Lions can achieve the same kind of balance – 331 yards rushing, 342 yards passing – that it exhibited last week.
Buffalo didn’t show much last week against an FCS opponent in Robert Morris. The Bulls’ running game will be challenged by Penn State’s deep and talented defensive line led by end Yetur Gross-Matos, and redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Myers will have his share of problems communicating with his offense in front of more than 100,000 fans.
It won’t be as one-sided as last week for Penn State, but it won’t be close, either.