The Bill O’Brien era is over in Penn State after just two seasons in what were the darkest in Penn State’s history. Under O’Brien, the Nittany Lions won 15 games despite losing various players but some still stayed despite a bowl ban. O’Brien led Penn State last season to a 7-5 record and the team showed promise at times, but O’Brien has now moved on to the NFL and somewhat stabilized the football program in his two years there. In comes James Franklin, who is highly respected and was sought out by many teams in college and the NFL after a successful stint with Vanderbilt. While Penn State is still ineligible to participate in a bowl game this year, it’s not stopping fans from coming despite Penn State football tickets ranked in the top 20 most expensive in college football.
Penn State football tickets at Beaver Stadium have an average price of 144.09 according to TicketIQ and the most expensive game in the 2014 Penn State football schedule is their October 25 matchup with Big Ten conference rival Ohio State Buckeyes with a current average price of $238.83 in the secondary market. Other intriguing games in the 2014 Penn State football schedule at home include a September 27th meeting with Northwestern Wildcats, their third most expensive game for Penn State football tickets and a November 29th matchup with conference rival Michigan State, the second most expensive game on Penn State’s football schedule.
The cheapest game on the Penn State football schedule is their November 15th meeting vs the Temple Owls where Penn State football tickets will have an average price of $99.81, the only game in Penn State football tickets with a below $100 average. There is only one game on the Penn State football schedule with an over $200 average.
Coming into 2014 season, the Nittany Lions will have a lack of depth on both sides of the ball, but they will have a solid group of players including sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg who as a true freshman started all 12 games for Penn State and showed poise and growth piling up solid numbers with 2,995 throwing yards, 20 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions with a 58 percent completion rating, proving last year that he is capable of playing at a high level in a major college football game.
Under James Franklin, Penn State will look to have a balanced offense, running the ball with their back Zach Zwinak who had success being part of a 3 man platoon last season with Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch, running the majority of the goal line carries. There are some holes on defense but if it can play well, expect Penn State to win some games this year as they continue to rebuild under Franklin who will continue to rebuild solid recruiting classes and finally rebuild the image of a college football program that is still trying to escape the shadow of a past scandal, but it shouldn’t be long to see the Nittany Lions back to where they’ve been.
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12-1-14: James Franklin’s first year as the Nittany Lions head coach wasn’t too good. He finished 2-6
after a 4-0 start and were dominated by Michigan State Saturday 34-10. Christian Hackenberg
was sacked over 40 times behind a banged up offensive line and threw 15 interceptions on the year. Penn State will now await their bowl game opponent.
11-24-14: Penn State is an awful football team as they were defeated 16-14 by Illinois Saturday. Running back Akeel Lynch carried the ball 28 times for 137 yards and a 47-yard touchdown. Penn State
quarterback Christian Hackenberg threw for an 18-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin to put
Penn State up 7-0 early. Hackenberg struggled the rest of the day as he finished 8-16 for 93 yards and a touchdown. Penn State plays Michigan State this week.
11-10-14: Sam Ficken kicked a 27 yard go ahead field goal and Penn State defeated Indiana 13-7 to snap a four game losing streak. Christian Hackenberg was 12 of 29 for 168 yards and Bill Belton ran for
137 yards and a touchdown for the Nittany Lions. Penn State has not lost more than five games
since 2004. The Nittany Lions will play host to Temple this week at Beaver Stadium.
11-3-14: Brad Craddock kicked a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left to give Maryland a 20-19 victory over Penn State. Christian Hackenberg was sacked six times Saturday. It was only the second time Penn State has lost to Maryland, and the first time Penn State lost to Maryland in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions have lost four straight games and travel to Indiana this week.
10-27-14: Christian Hackenberg was 31 of 49 for 224 yards and a touchdown, but that wasn’t enough as the Nittany Lions fell to Ohio State 31-24 in double overtime. Down 17-0 at half, Penn State rallied to tie the game with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter. OSU would eventually win in overtime. Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton set a Penn State record with 14 catches for 126 yards. Penn State hosts Maryland this week.
10-20-14: Penn State had a bye this week to prepare for Ohio State this weekend. There are many questions in Happy Valley. Their offensive line is in serious trouble, especially against Ohio State and Michigan State. It’s only a matter of time before quarterback Christian Hackenberg gets hurt. The Nittany Lions have yet to have a 100 yard rusher this season. All in all, it will be a tough task for James Franklin’s team to beat OSU this week.
10-15-14: Penn State’s offensive struggles continued this past Saturday, as the Nittany Lions fell 18-13 to arguably one of the worst Michigan squads in years. QB Christian Hackenberg was 21 of 32 for only 160 yards. The Penn State defense played well, but it’s the PSU offensive line that needs major work. The Nittany Lions have a bye this week before they take on Ohio State at home in two weeks.
10-6-14: The Nittany Lions had a bye this week as they prepare for Michigan. Last time out, Penn State was humiliated by Northwestern 28-6. Michigan lost to Rutgers this week, but traveling to Ann Arbor to play in the Big House is never an easy task. The Penn State offensive line needs to play much better in order to protect quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
10-1-14: It was a flat-out embarrassing effort for the Nittany Lions this past Saturday, losing to Northwestern 29-6 on homecoming weekend in Happy Valley. Northwestern's defense limited Penn State to just 50 rushing yards and just 266 overall. They pressured Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg all game. All in all, it was not a good effort for James Franklin’s team. They have bye this week.
9-22-14: A week after their gutsy victory over Big Ten opponent Rutgers, the Nittany Lions returned home with an easy 48-7 victory over UMass. Christian Hackenberg threw for 179 yards, but it was the running attack which was dominant. Akeel Lynch and Bill Belton had over 75 yards on the ground and Geno Lewis hauled in 82 yards receiving. Penn State had 23 first downs to UMass' 13. The Nittany Lions converted on 10 of 17 third downs and held the ball for 37 minutes. They host Northwestern this week.
9-15-14: It sure wasn’t pretty, but Christian Hackenberg and Penn State continue to find ways to win. Their 13-10 win over Rutgers Saturday places Penn State atop the Big Ten East division standings. Bill Belton scored on a 5-yard run with 1:13 to play as Penn State rallied from a 10-point deficit. Hackenberg was 25 of 44 for 309 yards, but it was the defense that should be lauded for their effort Saturday. Penn State picked off QB Gary Nova five times and limited the Rutgers offense in the second half. Penn State will return home to State College this weekend to face UMass.
9-9-14: It wasn’t pretty for James Franklin’s Nittany Lions squad, but they found a way to beat Akron 21-3 in their home opener this past weekend. Despite the victory, the offense struggled mightily, especially quarterback Christian Hackenberg. He threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, but made some poor decisions and tossed two red zone interceptions. On the other side of the ball, the Penn State defense looked strong. The Nittany Lions will travel to New Jersey this weekend to take on Rutgers in their first Big Ten conference game of the year.
9-4-14: The Nittany Lions needed every second of its trip to the Emerald Isle to beat UCF last weekend. They needed a last second 36-yard field goal from Sam Ficken to beat the Knights in James Frankin’s debut as head coach. Ficken made four other field goals in the game as well. The Penn State offense was humming last week. The Nittany Lions got a school-record 454 passing yards and a touchdown on 32-of-47 passing from Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg, who also threw two interceptions, became the first Penn State quarterback ever to top the 400-yard mark. The Lions play host to Akron this weekend in their home opener.