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BSD Prediction Roundtable: No. 14 Penn State vs. Rutgers

The staff looks into their crystal ball for results against the Scarlet Knights.

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The only suspense in this game should surround how soon Sean Clifford takes snaps.

Penn State 52, Rutgers 6

Chris Lucia

I’ve been one of the more negative writers ever since the Michigan State loss. In fact, I’ve predicted a loss for every game since then, though last week I labeled a complete tossup against Wisconsin.

I still think this team has lots of issues, and could be facing a geeked up Rutgers squad. That being said, I just don’t see a win happening for the Scarlet Knights. I expect Miles Sanders to eat, and a good bit of Tommy Stevens, with or without Trace McSorley being injured.

Penn State 42, Rutgers 14


Rutgers is terrible. Like, worst football team/program in the Power 5 terrible. They would struggle to go .500 in the AAC. They do nothing well. Penn State has their warts, but they’re coming off their best game in quite awhile, have some swagger back after winning 3 of 4, and are a lot better than Rutgers.

It has been 213:28 of game time and over four calendar years since Rutgers last scored a touchdown against Penn State. That will not change in Saturday’s massacre.

Penn State 42, Rutgers 3


Despite sporting another abysmal squad that struggles to move the ball, score points, and stop anybody, I’m going to make a bold prediction here and pick score a TD against PSU for the first time since 2014, thanks to some inevitable dumb turnover the PSU offense commits in their own territory.

Penn State 41, Rutgers 7


Poor Rutgers. They’re struggling on so many fronts that there’s not a fair chance in this game. I’m interested in seeing how Isiah Pacheco performs - he’s an exciting, explosive runningback (and receiver) who had that fantastic 80-yard touchdown run against Michigan. Other than that, Rutgers will be outmatched.

Penn State 42, Rutgers 10


The thing about Rutgers is that it’s bad at everything. That’s not to say Penn State is good, but Penn State is decidedly not bad in a number of areas. Artur Sitkowski is the same quarterback now that he was in his sophomore year of high school and Chris Ash did him no favors by trotting him out as a true freshman in major college football. The Scarlett Knights are bad up front on both sides, and the Penn State lines seemed to find their edge against Wisconsin. Jahan Dotson is coming on, DeAndre Thompkins suddenly looks like the solid No. 2 wideout he expected all year and KJ is KJ. Penn State should win this going away.

Penn State 38, Rutgers 7


Penn State showed last weekend that it could effectively run the ball with Miles Sanders against a decent defense. That should make this Saturday’s game plan simple. Rutgers has one of the worst rush defenses in the conference, so Sanders should get a heavy workload once again, with Trace McSorley only pulling the ball back once or twice to keep the Knights honest. There’s no reason for the veteran quarterback to risk his body in this one.

When Rutgers has the ball, Penn State’s pass rushers should feast against a passing game that has struggled mightily all season.

Penn State 42, Rutgers 10

Pat Koerbler

I mean, yeah.

Penn State 34, Rutgers 3


Penn State = better than Rutgers. Justin Shorter catches his first career touchdown in his home state game, and Miles Sanders has another big game. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised by a defensive score...let’s say John Reid?

Penn State 35, Rutgers 7


(originally appearing in the Game Preview)

For all the hand-wringing over the three losses this season, Penn State has a very real shot at its third consecutive NY6 Bowl if they can win the final two games of the season. The team will come in focused and motivated, and the schedule sets up nicely for a strong finish. While the final moments of the Ohio State and Michigan State game could have— and should really have— gone differently, a 9-3 regular season in the Big Ten is not too shabby considering the team had just two returning starters on defense and was breaking in a slew of young playmakers on offense to replace some Penn State record-holders who are now doing big things on Sundays.

Penn State’s offense had a nice bounce back game against Wisconsin, and should be ready for an even more productive day against Rutgers. The defense had its best overall game as well from start-to-finish, and match up well with the Scarlet Knights. The defensive line especially should make life miserable for Sitkowski on Saturday. If the offense comes out hot and jumps to an early lead, things could go off the rails in a hurry for Rutgers.

Sanders has a big day, slicing through the Rutgers defense for 190 yards and two scores, with Journey Brown adding another touchdown. Trace McSorley picks up where he left off against Wisconsin, tossing for 250 yards and touchdown passes to true freshmen Jahan Dotson and Pat Freiermuth. Yetur Gross-Matos continues his recent tear with a two-sack performance to go along with four TFLs, and Shareef Miller joins him for another two sacks and a forced fumble. Cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields grabs an interception to help get the rout started as Penn State wins big.

Penn State 41, Rutgers 7