STATE COLLEGE — Plenty of good seats appear to be available at Beaver Stadium today, no matter what the announced crowd is for Penn State-Maryland.
The Nittany Lions (8-3) are double-digit favorites against the Terps (5-6) on Senior Day. Weather will be a factor due to the cold and rain. Penn State has closed all on the glass lots. The crowd will be a little light today.
Here are some pregame notes and observations …
**Penn State will be without redshirt sophomore center Michal Menet, who started the first 11 games. The Lions were working junior Connor McGovern at first-team center, his old position, in warmups. Redshirt freshman guard Mike Miranda may get the start at right guard.
**Penn State reserve wideout Mac Hippenhammer is also not expected to play today.
**The Lions received their first verbal commitment for the class of 2000 as three-star offensive lineman Grant Toutant picked the Lions prior to the game. Pittsburgh and Wisconsin were also pursuing the 6-6, 280-pounder.
**The Lions’ defense will be focused on stopping Maryland running back Anthony McFarland, who has run for more than 500 yards in the Terps’ last two games. McFarland ran for 298 yards against Ohio State last week.
Penn State’s defense has allowed five backs to run for 100 or more yards this season — Pittsburgh’s Qadree Ollison (119 yards, TD), Indiana’s Steve Scott (183, 2), Michigan’s Karan Higdon (132, 1), Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (185, 1) and Rutgers’ Raheem Blackshear (102, 1).