In a new piece of news, there is no soft launch of the 2022 college football season for Penn State or Purdue, starting the season in a conference clash Thursday night with the two teams coming in different seasons in a two-team battle in 2021.
Purdue’s Big Ten was one of pleasant surprises, with the Boilermakers improving to 94 last season after leading 6-12 during the 2019 and 2020 seasons and 6-3 in the Big Ten in Minnesota and Big Ten West Stayed.
Leading 7-6 after 4-5 appearances in 2020 and only 4-5 in conference play, including four losses against ranked teams and nine overtime losses to Illinois. That was enough for a bowl game, but only reaching the postseason at State College Pennsylvania is never a goal for a program that won the Big Ten East in 2019 when it was 11-2.
Thursday night was the first meeting between these schools since 2019 when Penn State beat Purdue 35-7 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State dominated the series, winning 15 of 19 meetings with a lot to change at Purdue, but still Aidan O’Connell is a reason Purdue 2021 receiver David Bell 1,286 yards in 93 receptions, six touchdowns and defensive end George Karloftis Had 41 tackles. 11.5 TfL Five sacks, three fumbles forced Both will play their football on Sundays this season and it won’t be easy to convert either.
The Boilers took some solace in bringing back Aidan O’Connell O’Connell, starting in 2021 in the battle to start the QB job, but once he caught it he hit O’Connell for 3,708 yards. Saw it happen He undisputedly enters 2022 and has some wondering whether he could be the next best QB in the league after Ohio State’s CJ Stroud.
Offensive Coordinator Consistency for Sean Clifford: This may not seem like a big deal. For example, no one expected more from Northwestern’s Ryan Hilinski last weekend, but he was in the same position as 2022 entrant Clifford Hilinsky with 314 yards to help the Wildcats win over Nebraska. was decided.
The familiarity is enormous for a QB and Clifford achieves this for the first time in his college career with his playbook and play-collar. His experience could lead to his most wonderful season at Penn State. Watch out for new player Nick Singleton: A first-year player can give a Clifford and Penn State offense as big a boost as anyone else.
Penn State has struggled to run the ball effectively since the days of Saxon Barkley and Miles Sanders, and Singleton is the most talented back since Barkley. The kind of game-breaking talent that Penn State’s offense lacks, it’s a player to watch on Thursday nights and throughout the season.
I’ve painted myself into a corner here. I’ve spent the off-season talking about Penn State’s lowest-rated program in the Big Ten, based on reasons as well as last season’s outperformance. It looks like my two opinions will go head to head on Thursday night after Purdue is overrated, and I see no reason to back away from them just yet.
I have valid concerns about Purdue’s ability to quickly replace key parts lost from last year’s team and what should be a clear talent advantage to Penn State with the Nittany Lions being the favorite on the road in a mediocre season.
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