Today’s Penn State football headlines feature a national publication’s thoughts on the Lions making their first College Football Playoff appearance and a big-time debut for Pat Freiermuth with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Erick Smith from USA Today put together a list of eight teams that could contend for their first ever berth in the College Football Playoff. From Smith’s view, the Lions have plenty of reasons to believe in a rebound from a down 2020 season, starting with running backs and wide receiver “as good as any in the Big Ten” and the potential for newcomer Arnold Ebiketie to be a pass-rushing force.
Freiermuth was the buzz of Pittsburgh’s 26-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night, hauling in two touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger. The second of those scores called on every bit of Freiermuth’s elite blend of body control and sticky hands, which then prompted Roethlisberger to compare Freiermuth — without naming names — to former Steelers legend Heath Miller.
Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup:
Would reported ‘alliance’ be good for Penn State? Sandy Barbour weighs in: Pickel [Blue-White Illustrated]
Ear to the ground: Penn State football preseason camp rumblings: Bauer [Blue-White Illustrated]
Here are five Penn State football underclassmen who can step up in the 2021 season: Sauber [Centre Daily Times]
The top plays in Penn State season openers under James Franklin: Malandra Jr. [Nittany Lions Wire]
Pat Freiermuth off to hot start, snags 2 TDs for Steelers in preseason action: Harvey [Saturday Tradition]
Auburn football head coach Bryan Harsin tests positive for coronavirus: Engle [Daily Collegian]
Three season-defining questions for Penn State’s RBs: Entrance Exam: Eckert [Blue-White Illustrated]
2021 Penn State football season preview: Offensive line: Filipovits [Roar Lions Roar]
Three things I like about Penn State heading into 2021: Koerbler [Black Shoe Diaries]
Penn State football: 10 storylines that will define Nittany Lions’ 2021 season: Kreiser [Victory Bell Rings]
PHOTO DAY: Check Out Penn State’s Class of 2021 Freshmen: Brennan [Fight On State]
Penn State football: Non-conference opponents we want for Nittany Lions: Whitaker [Victory Bell Rings]
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Trimmings: Freshman defender showing promise in camp: Fitz [Lions247]