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Penn State survived against Appalachian State. Now the Nittany Lions take on in-state rival(?) Pitt.

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Penn State escaped what could have been a shocking upset by topping Appalachian State 45-38 in overtime. The contest revealed where the Nittany Lions will need to improve when they face Pitt on Saturday night.

While James Franklin and the Lions may view the contest against the Panthers as just another game — even some hometown kids share his view — Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers have a more aggressive view of the Lions. Franklin explained that the Lions don’t view the Panthers any lower than the rest of their opponents; they just hold each of their opponents to the same importance.

Franklin will clearly never be accused of taking an opponent lightly. Poor grammar, though? That’s a different story.

While Narduzzi hypes up the importance of playing Penn State, many of the Panthers still try to stay focused on what they can do on the gridiron.

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Recapping App State

There’s plenty to unpack from Penn State’s exciting nerve-wracking win over the Mountaineers. Audrey Snyder of The Athletic shared her takeaways from Week 1, while The Daily Collegian’s Tyler King shared five things some fans may have missed during the season-opening victory, while TDC’s Patrick Burns detailed KJ Hamler’s heroics, although he broke a rule in the process.

Big Shoes to Fill

Miles Sanders has spent virtually his entire Penn State career living in Saquon Barkley’s shadow. After a productive first game as the No. 1 running back, Sanders may be following in Barkley’s footsteps, with a little help from Sports Illustrated.