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Fearless (or fearful) Penn State 2014 season predictions


Eight days before the Penn State season begins (well, is SUPPOSED to begin, assuming Bárđarbunga doesn’t interfere), it’s about time for season preview-type stuff.


Saturday’s Trib will have a full two-page insert official paper PSU season preview.  They’ll be some additional coverage in the coming days, too (a James Franklin story coming Monday), but most of next week will be treated like a regular game week. And considering the unusual nature of that particular game week (taking place in Ireland and all), the blog will be mostly devoted to that.


So a week prior to the game, I’ll give my predictions for each game this season. Feel free to bookmark it so I can be repeatedly laughed at for being so wrong:




Overall record: 7-5


Big Ten record: 4-4


Placing: tie-3rd, Big Ten East division


Biggest win: Beating a ranked, 6-2 Maryland team in a big way to spark new rivalry


Toughest loss: To Northwestern on Homecoming and James Franklin’s home Big Ten debut


Christian Hackenberg passing yards: 2,955


Leading rusher: Bill Belton, 970 yards


Leading receiver: Geno Lewis (68 catches, 920 yards)


Breakout player: WR DaeSean Hamilton


Breakout true freshmen: TE Mike Gesicki, LB Jason Cabinda


Season storyline I: Nittany Lions recover from midseason swoon to finish James Franklin debut campaign strong


Season storyline II: Predicted disaster on o-line never materializes, unit is satisfactory and gradually improves throughout year


Season storyline III: Early-season injury forces Hackenberg to miss 2 games, eschews Big Ten player of year consideration


Season storyline IV: Penn State finishes in top 3 of conference in sacks, fine defensive line earns catchy nickname


Season storyline V: Mediocrity, parity reign over Big Ten, which misses out on semifinals of debut College Football Playoff



Game by Game-


Aug 30: LOSS, 26-23, vs. UCF


Sept 6: WIN, 31-27, vs. Akron


Sept 13: WIN, 37-24, at Rutgers


Sept 20: WIN, 45-20, vs. UMass


Sept 27: LOSS, 23-20, vs. Northwestern


Oct 11: LOSS, 43-40 (4 OT), at Michigan


Oct 25: LOSS, 53-14, vs. Ohio State


Nov 1: WIN, 38-17, vs. Maryland


Nov 8: WIN, 44-24, at Indiana


Nov 15: WIN, 38-9, vs, Temple


Nov 22: WIN, 35-7, at Illinois


Nov 29: LOSS, 22-20, vs. Michigan State




Agree? Disagree? Think I missed something? I’m just crazy on something else? Let me know in the comments below.


Take care.



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Author: Chris Adamski

Chris Adamski joined Trib Total Media's Steelers coverage team in 2014 after spending two seasons on the Penn State football beat for the Trib. Before that, he had worked in Pittsburgh sports media for more than a decade, extensively covering the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, Pitt, Duquesne and the WPIAL.

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