Penn State take to the road for the final time this season as they travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to battle the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Who are the players you need to be watching this weekend?
Penn State vanquished the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend by a score of 22-10. The Badgers one-dimensional offense was no match for the Nittany Lions defense who racked up a total of five sacks, and was really never threatened in the passing game.
Penn State also got significant offensive help from running back Miles Sanders. Sanders rushed for 157 yards, his second-largest amount of the season. With his stellar effort, Sanders also topped the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.
This week, Penn State goes on the road for the final time (excluding a bowl game) as they travel to Piscataway, NJ to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. On the surface, playing a team that hasn’t won a game since early September and has yet to beat a Power 5 team looks to be a foregone conclusion, but head coach Chris Ash has been slowly building a program that could surprise this weekend if Penn State takes them too lightly.
Rutgers features sophomore Raheem Blackshear, who has rushed for nearly 500 yards and two scores on the season. He also doubles as the team’s leading receiver, catching 40 passes for 332 yards and two scores. Offensively, besides Blackshear, Rutgers may have found another bell-cow running back in true freshman Isaih Pacheco. Last weekend against Michigan, Pacheco ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run en route to a 142-yard rushing performance.
For Rutgers to prevail over Penn State this weekend, they will need to play their best game in all three phases, and then probably hope the Nittany Lions make a few mistakes on their own.
With Penn State looking to close out their final regular season road game in style, who are the players that you should be watching?