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Monday Notebook: Senior Class Bonded by Loyalty

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seniors.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Saturday marked the final Beaver Stadium chapter for a group that has been paramount to Penn State football's storied history during some of its toughest times.

Nineteen senior student-athletes were honored prior to Saturday's kick during the Senior Day ceremony, giving the 107,000 fans inside the stadium an opportunity to say thank you for all they have done. The seniors have two more opportunities to suit up in the Blue and White, and the group will embrace its chance to remain together as a family for the next few weeks.

Alongside its predecessors in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the 2015 football senior class will go down as a group of individuals who deserve a special place in Penn State's illustrious history.

It's fitting that the group is a smaller in numbers. Under the circumstances, the size of the class enabled the seniors to forge a tight-knit connection with one another through some of the program's most challenging days. The 2015 seniors have seemingly been through everything, but their commitment never once wavered, and the special bond they have with one another will never be broken.

For the past three, and in some cases four years, this group's actions have spoken louder than any words. These seniors played for one another. They played for their families. They played for the players who wore the blue and white before them. They played for Penn State.

"I came here to get a college degree from one of the best schools in America," said defensive tackle Anthony Zettel. "I'm going to accomplish that. And I've always just wanted to give everything I had for this football program, not just on the football field but in the community. This opportunity is something no one will ever take away from us. It's something I will never forget. And I am forever grateful."

Where do you even begin to start when you think about what it must have been like to walk in the shoes of guys like Kyle Carter, Angelo Mangiro, Carl Nassib or Anthony Zettel. Despite the odds of competing in major college football with a roster of limited scholarships, the group's mindset never changed.

"It would have been easy to let things get to you, but that's not who we are. We had a job to do, and we did it because we love being a part of this family," Zettel said.

This group's college experience has been unique to say the least, which is why the group deserves the utmost respect from any supporter of the program or intercollegiate athletics. They worked hard for one another in the toughest of circumstances because that is the only thing they knew how to do.

The Lions will meet the Spartans at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) on Saturday in Spartan Stadium in the final game of the regular season.

Full feature story on the senior class will be posted on GoPSUsports.com later this week.


Lions Lend a Hand to Begin Thanksgiving Week
Photo Gallery - Visit to The Village

The Nittany Lion football student-athletes have a lot to be thankful for as the calendar approaches the Thanksgiving holiday.

An opportunity to attend a world-renowned institution like Penn State and compete on the gridiron at the highest level is something the group takes very seriously. As figures in the community, the student-athletes understand the importance of giving back to the loyal supporters whenever the schedule permits.

With the academic calendar on Thanksgiving break for the week, Monday's off day was a terrific opportunity for the Nittany Lions to serve the community. Two buses filled with approximately 45 players traveled to The Village State College during the middle part of Monday to serve food, take photos, eat lunch and visit with the elderly.

"I just think it's a great opportunity for us to be with people who support us," said cornerback Grant Haley. "It's amazing to me. Some of these people are telling me that they have been coming to games since 1960. They are like, 'Your parents weren't even born.' I laughed. I think it just shows the support system we have. It's great to be here to give back to them."

The team will resume football game week duties on Tuesday.

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Nassib Remains Nation's Leader in Three Categories
Despite very limited action against Michigan, senior defensive end Carl Nassib remains atop the NCAA rankings in three categories. Nassib will head into the final week of the regular season as the national leader in sacks (15.5), tackles for loss (19.5) and forced fumbles (6).

The Penn State season record holder in sacks, Nassib has averaged 1.41 sacks per game. He has at least one sack in 10 of the 11 games this season. Additionally, Nassib has averaged 2.0 tackles for loss per game.

Nassib is 2.0 sacks clear of Maryland junior defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who is second in the nation in sacks at 13.5 on the season. Clemson defensive lineman Shaq Lawson is second nationally in tackles for loss with 19.0.


Early Look at Michigan State
Led by head coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan State (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) is the sixth-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 this week. The Spartans turned in a masterful defensive performance in a road victory over No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday. Kicker Michael Geiger nailed a 41-yard field goal as time expired to knock off the Buckeyes, 17-14. The Spartan defense limited Ohio State to five first downs and 132 yards of total offense in the win.

With the victory in Columbus, Saturday's game will be a high stakes contest for the Spartans. A win this week would send Michigan State to the Big Ten Championship as the East Division champion against Iowa. Additionally, the Spartans are firmly in the mix for a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Offensively, senior quarterback Connor Cook headlines the group. Cook is averaging 282.2 passing yards per game and is tied for the Big Ten lead with 21 passing touchdowns this season. Those numbers come despite missing last week's game in Columbus with a shoulder injury. Cook has thrown for 2,482 yards this season. Wide out Aaron Burbridge is the Big Ten's top receiver with 69 receptions for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Defensively, Michigan State is ranked No. 26 in the nation in total defense. Linebacker Riley Bullough and defensive end Shilique Calhoun lead the defense. Bullough has made 83 tackles in 2015, while Calhoun is 18th in sacks with 8.5 on the season. The Spartans are No. 15 in rushing defense (117.8 ypg). The Spartans are No. 5 in turnover margin (plus-1.00) and No. 5 in fewest turnovers lost (10 on the season).

Penn State and Michigan State will meet for the 30th time on Saturday. The Nittany Lions are 14-14-1 all-time against the Spartans and 5-8 in games at Michigan State. Saturday marks Penn State's first visit to Spartan Stadium since a 42-14 victory in 2009.


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VIDEO: James Franklin Postgame Press Conference - vs. Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin talks with the media following Penn State's 28-16 setback to No. 12 Michigan.



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VIDEO: Postgame Player Remarks - Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Hear from several Nittany Lions as they talk with the media following Saturday's 28-16 decision against Michigan on Senior Day.




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2015 Gameday Live - Penn State vs. Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live, interactive coverage of the 2015 Penn State football season. The Nittany Lions will meet Michigan inside Beaver Stadium on Senior Day. Follow along for live updates from gameday.

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2015 Photo Blog - Penn State vs. Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the 2015 Penn State football season. The Nittany Lions will meet Michigan inside Beaver Stadium on Senior Day. Follow along for photos from gameday.

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2015 Gameday - Nittany Lions Host Michigan on Senior Day

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following a bye week, Penn State returns home to Beaver Stadium for a Senior Day and Penn State White Out clash against No. 12 Michigan on Saturday.

11378288.jpegThe Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-2) are slated to battle the Wolverines (8-2, 5-1) in a 12 p.m. (ABC) kick in the penultimate game of the season. Having won seven of its last nine games, Penn State enters the final home game of 2015 with a 6-0 mark in Beaver Stadium.

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We're undefeated at home. We feed off of our fans," said head coach James Franklin. "It's a huge advantage for our defense, playing at home in front of our crowd. And excited about the opportunity to walk into that stadium and be able to play one last time in Beaver Stadium with these seniors and work really hard to send them out the right way."

Always a fan favorite, Beaver Stadium will play host to a complete stadium Penn State White Out on Saturday afternoon. A tradition stretching back to a student section white out in 2004, the Penn State White Outs have created an unrivaled atmosphere inside the 107,000-seat home of Penn State football.

Fans are encouraged to arrive earlier than normal on Saturday morning due to increased security screening measures in place at the gates. All Beaver Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m.

Led by Penn State's season sack record holder, Carl Nassib, the Nittany Lion defense enters the final two weeks of the season as the nation's leader in sacks. Penn State has averaged 4.2 sacks per game throughout 2015. Additionally, the Lions are No. 2 in the nation in tackles for loss at 9.3 per game. Nassib leads the country individually in sacks with 15.5.

Led by first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (8-2, 4-1 Big Ten) heads into the week having won its last three contests. The Wolverines topped Indiana in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington. Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock connected with wide receiver Jehu Chesson on a fourth-down touchdown in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. Michigan outlasted the Hoosiers in double OT by a score of 48-41. Michigan's two losses on the season came at No. 18 Utah (24-17) and in a dramatic finish against No. 9 Michigan State (27-23).

The Nittany Lions and Wolverines rank among the Big Ten's best defenses. Michigan is ranked No. 1 in total defense (268.7 ypg) and the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 4 (311.2 ypg). In scoring defense, Michigan is No. 3 in the Big Ten (14.8 ppg) and Penn State is No. 5 (17.7 ppg).

In a series that dates back to 1993, Penn State and Michigan will meet for the 19th time on Saturday. The Nittany Lions are 7-11 all-time against the Wolverines and 4-5 in games held at Beaver Stadium. Penn State has won the last three against Michigan in Beaver Stadium, including the thrilling 43-40 four-overtime win in 2013.


Penn State will close out its regular season next week with a trip to East Lansing. The Nittany Lions will battle Michigan State in Spartan Stadium during a 3:30 p.m. kick. From there, Penn State will await its bowl destination with the announcement coming on Dec. 6.

Welcome to the gameday preview for week 11 - Penn State vs. Michigan.

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Pregame Reading:
What to Watch For - Penn State
11500062.jpeg1. It will be a special day for 19 senior members of the Penn State Football family on Saturday. The senior day festivities will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff in Beaver Stadium with each member of the class being recognized in front of the fans. For the fourth and fifth-year seniors, Saturday marks the end of a remarkable ride in Beaver Stadium. The group faced tall odds throughout its journey in Happy Valley, but the senior class will forever be remembered for its loyalty and commitment to the betterment of the University and football program. Give a tip of the cap to the 2015 senior class: Matt Baney, Tarow Barney, Kyle Carter, Jordan Dudas, Jack Haffner, Albert Hall, Colin Harrop, Charles Idemudia, Brandon Johnson, Ben Kline, Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro, Carl Nassib, Kevin Reihner, Dom Salomone, Anthony Smith, Trevor Williams, Anthony Zettel and Matt Zanellato.

2. It has been home sweet home for the Nittany Lion defense in 2015. Through six games, the Lions have allowed a total of 59 points inside Beaver Stadium. In Big Ten play, Penn State has yielded just 10 total points in three home games. The Nittany Lions are No. 3 in the nation in fewest points allowed in home games at 9.8 per game. Penn State's opponents have averaged just 250.7 yards per game. Penn State's defensive line has been a huge piece to the team's unblemished mark at home. Senior defensive end Carl Nassib has tallied 10.0 of his nation-leading 15.5 sacks in games played at Beaver Stadium this season. Additionally, the Lions are plus-7 in turnover margin in home games this season.


3. The Nittany Lion offense has made a living of creating big plays at timely moments in 2015. Junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg and the passing attack have accounted for 31 plays of 20 or more yards this season. The running game has tallied 18 plays of 20 or more yards, as well. Against one of the nation's top defensive units, the Nittany Lions will be looking for a way to manufacture some plays down the field. Hackenberg has been superb in games at Beaver Stadium this season, tossing nine touchdown passes and just one interception.
 

What to Watch For - Michigan
1. Graduate senior quarterback Jake Rudock has been terrific down the stretch for the Wolverines. A starter in all 10 games, Rudock has completed 64 percent of his passes and 2,220 yards. Rudock became the first Big Ten quarterback to pass for 400 yards and six touchdowns in a game last week. The wide receiver tandem of Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson and tight end Jake Butt are the top targets for Rudock. Darboh (45), Butt (38) and Chesson (33) have each eclipsed 450 yards on the season and account for 13 of Michigan's 15 touchdown receptions.

2. The theme around the Michigan defense is consistency. The Wolverines have been among the nation's top statistical units since the opening week of the season. In addition to being ranked in the top five in total defense (No. 2), scoring defense (No. 6), rushing defense (No. 8), pass defense (No. 6) and third down defense (No. 3), Michigan has limited its opponents to just 4.18 yards per play this season. The Wolverines are physical in the trenches and athletic in the secondary. Inside linebacker Joe Bolden leads the defense in tackling with 64 stops. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis is leading the nation with 2.0 pass breakups per game. Michigan's defense has been outstanding on third down in 2015, as well, limiting its opponents to a 23 percent conversion rate.

3. Redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers is one of the most dynamic athletes in the Big Ten. Peppers will play on offense, defense and special teams for the Wolverines on Saturday. Peppers is fifth on the team in tackles (37), has scored two rushing touchdowns, caught six passes and is the team's top returner. He is ranked No. 13 in the nation in punt returns. As a team, Michigan is No. 2 nationally in kickoff returns.


The Final Word:
Saturday's game will mark the eighth time the Nittany Lions will host a full stadium Penn State White Out. The history of the event began on Oct. 9, 2004 when the first student white out was held when the Nittany Lions hosted Purdue. Since then, there has been either a student section white out or full stadium white out in each of the past 11 seasons.

The first full stadium Penn State White Out took place on Sept. 8, 2007 when the Lions defeated Notre Dame, 31-10. Saturday will mark the second time Penn State has played Michigan in a full stadium Penn State White Out. The Lions outlasted the Wolverines in a thrilling four-overtime game (43-40) during Michigan's last visit to Beaver Stadium on Oct. 12, 2013.

Penn State will be looking to finish off its first unbeaten season at home since 2008. Additionally, the Lions are 20-5 on Senior Day since 1990. ABC's live coverage of the Michigan game begins at 12 p.m. ET with kickoff slated for 12:01 p.m. Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), Brock Huard (Analyst) and Shannon Spake (Sideline) will call the game.



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Michigan Week Q&A - Terry Smith

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions host Michigan on Senior Day and the Penn State White Out on Saturday at noon (ABC).

Leading up to the contest against the Wolverines, defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Terry M. Smith talked with the media on Thursday. Take a look at a Q&A with Coach Smith.

Q: How will the loss of Jordan Lucas impact the secondary moving forward?

Smith: "Well, clearly the loss of a senior captain is going to hurt any unit. He was the leader of the secondary. He was the leader on the back end of our defense. He was a guy all of the players in the locker room respect and look to. We are going to lose big time leadership and a big time player who could make plays. Like anything and any organization in football, we have to have the next guy step up, and that's Malik Golden. We have a really good defense, and we expect Malik to step in and fill Jordan's shoes and play equally or better. That's just the way we are shaped and molded as a defense. Malik will be ready to step in and play well on Saturday."

Q: Can you evaluate the progress that John Reid has made during his freshman season?

Smith: "John Reid is an exceptional talent. He is one of our best cover guys. He is really, really smart. He's an exceptional worker. He gets every ounce of his ability out of himself. The game is important to him. He plays that way. He plays intense. He asks a million questions in meetings, which are all good questions. That's why he is prepared on Saturdays. And that's why he makes very few mental mistakes. And to do that as a true freshman, that's a testament to himself and his high school coach who prepared him really, really well when he walked in the door here."

Q: How have you seen Grant Haley improve this season?
Smith: "He has great maturity. He doesn't get too rattled. He doesn't get too high. He doesn't get too low. Even in a situation like Northwestern, he maintains a levelness you need at the position. Grant is poised to be a very consistent player. He's been a very good leader for us. He's played some really good football for us, and he is a very important piece on our defense."

Q: What have you seen from the Michigan passing game during the past two weeks to make it click?

Smith: "I think the quarterback, Jake Rudock, is really coming into his own. I think he is really comfortable in the system. I think he is taking command of the offense. And I think he is executing the plan that their coaching staff has in place. And then they have some big-play targets. The two receivers - (Jehu) Chesson and (Amara) Darboh - they are making plays. And the tight end (Jake) Butt is making plays. And you can't throw out the x-factor in Jabrill Peppers. They just have a number of weapons that you have to account for on each play. And they are starting to spread it, and it's making them a little more dangerous each week as the season goes on."

Q: You are focusing on your defense, but if you have had a chance watch any film of Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis, what is your take on him and the matchup between the Michigan cornerbacks and your receivers?

Smith: "We get to watch some film in previous weeks that's like crossover film, so we've had an opportunity to see two or three of their crossover games. I think he is exceptional. He's one of the best corners in the Big Ten, if not the nation. He has really good feet and loose hips. He's an ultimate competitor. He challenges releases. He challenges the 50-50 balls. He's a good matchup for our receivers. We've got some good receivers on this team, and it will be a good challenge for those guys on Saturday."

Q: How important is it for a cornerback to play with some swagger and what type of personality does your group play with on the field?
Smith: "Each individual guys is his own guy...My guys in particular and when you look at Grant (Haley) and Trevor (Williams) and John Reid and Christian (Campbell), John Reid is probably the most talkative, but he only talks when the ball is coming at him. And he doesn't really talk to the receiver, he kind of talks to himself to get himself going. The other guys don't really say too much. They are just business-oriented guys. And they understand that each play is important, and they are ready to strap up and play 60 to 70 plays if needed."



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VIDEO: James Franklin Practice Update - Michigan Week

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin addressed the media following Wednesday's practice session at the Lasch Football Complex.

The Nittany Lions host No. 12 Michigan for a 12 p.m. (ABC) kick on Senior Day in Beaver Stadium. Take a look at the practice update from Michigan week.



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Twenty Years Later - Remembering Penn State vs. Michigan in 1995

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Mich95_Blog 3.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State and Michigan will collide for the 19th time on Saturday afternoon when the Nittany Lions welcome the Wolverines for a noon kick on ABC.

Today marks a historic day in the history between two of college football's greatest programs.

On Nov. 18, 1995, Penn State and Michigan battled in a game simply known as "The Snow Bowl" inside Beaver Stadium. A surprise storm blanketed 18 inches of snow in Happy Valley just three days before the game. Penn State Athletics paid hundreds of volunteers to feverishly remove the snow from Beaver Stadium before the game.

The snow removal crew included 188 prisoners from area correctional institutions. And despite the significant snowfall and severely limited parking around the stadium, approximately 80,000 spectators filled Beaver Stadium to watch the Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions and the Wolverines, led by first-year head coach Lloyd Carr.

The play of the game came in the final three minutes of action when the Nittany Lions used a fake field goal attempt to seal a 27-17 victory over the Wolverines. With the clock reading 2:40 to play and the Lions leading 20-17, kicker Brett Conway lined up for a 19-yard field goal attempt. However, the snap went to holder Joe Nastasi, a sophomore wide receiver at the time, who breezed into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown to help clinch the win over the 12th-ranked Wolverines.

"We were going to run it all game, we just didn't know when," Nastasi said to the media after the game. "It felt good, especially against Michigan. I just knew it was going to happen. I wasn't going to be denied on that one."

With snow piles lining the perimeter of the Beaver Stadium playing surface, the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter following a 49-yard field goal from Conway and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Wally Richardson to Mike Archie. Michigan answered in the form of a Brian Griese touchdown pass to Amani Toomer, but Conway added a 51-yard field goal to make it a 13-7 game at halftime.

Michigan tallied a field goal to set the score at 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Richardson and Bobby Engram connected on a 12-yard scoring play in the fourth quarter to make it a 20-10 game. Michigan pulled to within three on an 18-yard touchdown run from Tim Biakabutuka before Nastasi's clinching touchdown run.

Led by Coach Paterno, the victory marked the second of three-straight for Penn State against Michigan.

The Nittany Lions finished with 438 total yards, including 245 on the ground. Penn State running back Stephen Pitts rushed for a career-high 164 yards on 17 carries. Richardson was 17-for-31 for 193 yards and had two touchdowns through the air. Engram was Penn State's leading receiver with five catches for 87 yards.

In a series marked by close games, the 1995 victory is one of 11 games between the Nittany Lions and Wolverines decided by 10 points or fewer.


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2015 Tuesday Press Conference Roundup - Michigan Week

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11494693.jpegVIDEO: Michigan Week Player Q&A | Transcripts - James Franklin | Players

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following a bye week, head coach James Franklin addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon to preview Penn State's home finale against Michigan.

The Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-2) will meet the Wolverines (8-2, 5-1) on Saturday at 12 p.m. (ABC) inside Beaver Stadium. Franklin reviewed Penn State's off week and looked ahead to the Senior Day clash against Michigan.

The 2015 senior class may be small in number (19 players will be recognized on Saturday prior to kickoff), but this is a group of Penn State student-athletes who have demonstrated unrivaled commitment and passion for the University and the football program.

It's a group that has seen more during the past four or five years on campus than most programs see in several decades. The seniors have forged a bond with one another and the football program that has truly made the situation incredibly unique.

"You just think about everything that these guys have been through, and they're kind of the glue," said Franklin. "They're the glue that kept this program together. They're the glue and the foundation that stood strong when Penn State needed them the most."

No group is more deserving than a proper sendoff on Saturday. The Senior Day ceremony is always a special occasion, but the Penn State fans should treat this day a little different than most. Without this senior class, it's hard to envision where the program might be right now.

"For us to go into that stadium with a sellout on Senior Day and it to be a whiteout and for this community and our students and our fans and the alumni to come together more than anything to support these young men and let them know how much we mean to them, how much they mean to us, I think is important," said Franklin.

On the field, the Lions will be well rested when they take the field for Saturday's contest against Michigan. The team practiced on an abbreviated schedule during the bye week to ensure the group could get proper rest to remain as fresh as possible for the final two games of the regular season.

The bye week was a productive one, though. The Lions implemented corrections following the last outing and began looking forward to preparing for Michigan. The players had an opportunity to go home over the weekend, and most of the squad spent Saturday watching Michigan play Indiana.

"I think the fact that the players were able to watch Indiana play Michigan and it went to overtime, that was a heck of a game," said Franklin. "That was a heck of a game as a fan of football to watch. And then once we got all that information, we were able to finalize our game plans. We're probably a little bit more ahead than obviously in a normal week."

Franklin and the Nittany Lions know what type of challenge Saturday's matchup will be. The Wolverines rank among the nation's top defensive units in numerous statistical categories, and they have been consistent throughout the season. Offensively, the Wolverines have been red-hot of late. Michigan also boasts one of the most experienced teams in the country with 18 senior starters.

"They're big and physical on both fronts. I think some of those numbers are a little bit skewed whenever you're playing an overtime game. It skews the numbers a little bit," said Franklin. "But, yeah, they are playing with a lot more confidence right now. They're much more explosive on offense. And they're doing a nice job."

The Nittany Lions will have the advantage of playing in the confines of home. Like Franklin noted on Tuesday, the crowd has been a huge factor in Penn State starting the season 6-0 at home. The Lions need another standout crowd in what should be a terrific Penn State White Out atmosphere on Saturday afternoon.

"It's going to be a tremendous challenge," Franklin said. "There's no doubt about it. But I'm looking forward to being at home, where we've played pretty good, and we're gaining confidence with those things as well. So should be a great college game. It should be a great college atmosphere. Looking forward to it."

The Nittany Lions will practice in shells on Tuesday and Wednesday before the final game week session on Thursday. Saturday's game inside Beaver Stadium will kick at 12 p.m. with a national telecast on ABC.


Press Conference Notes:
- Coach Franklin on what stands out about the senior class.

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I think probably one of the things that jumps out to me as much as anything is how our older players, our juniors and seniors, have embraced the younger guys and helped them. A lot of times, it may be at a same position where the younger guy may be playing ahead of them, and that's not always the case. That's not always the case.

"Our guys really have that spirit of doing what's best for Penn State and doing what's best for the program as well as, kind of like we talk about all the time, their spirit of service, serving others. I think that kind of trickles down into our program as well. What our guys are doing in the community, what they do for each other, those go hand in hand. I'm really proud of them."

- Seniors Anthony Zettel and Matt Baney were in attendance at Thursday's press conference and reflected upon their time at Penn State. Additionally, each guy selected his favorite Penn State moment.

"For a particular moment, it was probably the interception, pick six versus Ohio State, how it just changed the game," Zettel said "I think just from an overall team win, when we went to Wisconsin - no. Probably the four overtime against Michigan. That was the best moment."

"I would say my favorite moment was probably the Michigan game in (Coach) O'Brien's last year," Baney said. "It was an incredible season. We had a lot of games that kind of went like that, but watching that comeback, and the sideline never had a doubt that we were going to win that game. Everyone was behind each other 100 percent. That was a special time for me and for the rest of our teammates."




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