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Penn State - Michigan State Rivalry

By Jeff Cavanaugh

College football is built on rivalries. Every college football program has at least one game that is circled on their schedules by coaches, fans, alumni and players as soon as the scheduled is released.

There's Army-Navy and Michigan-Ohio State. Oklahoma and Texas have the Red River Rivalry. Georgia and Florida host the 'World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.' Alabama and Auburn square off in the 'Iron Bowl.' Mississippi State and Ole Miss play in the 'Egg Bowl.' Notre Dame and Boston College battle in the 'Holy War.' And Penn State and Michigan State fight for the Land Grant Trophy.

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The Cheap Seats: Ugh... Illinois

By Ed Burns

Let’s not mince words. That game sucked. That was the most disappointing loss of the season for me. Sure, some of the others hurt. But if we’re fair, Northwestern is a solid team and Maryland isn’t terrible. Michigan was tough, and we were robbed against Ohio State.

But Illinois just hurt after those last two wins. I was ready for it, a healthy 10 or 14 point win. We seemed to have turned a new page.

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PSU Defense having a ‘Hull’ of a Season

By Jeff Cavanaugh 

The Penn State defense has been absolutely lights out this season – boasting the nation’s toughest run defense and ranking 3rd in the country in total defense and 4th in scoring defense.

Just how good have the Nittany Lions been on defense? Consider that Penn State hasn't allowed fewer rushing yards since the legendary 1986 National Championship season and the Nittany Lions haven't allowed less yardage since the 1978 (way before all of the pro-offense rule changes and pass-happy offensive coordinators).

And it seems that every great Penn State defense is always led by an extraordinary linebacker – hence the name, Linebacker U. The undefeated 1968 and 1969 teams were led by All-American Dennis Onkotz and future NFL hall of famer Jack Ham; in the mid 70s, linebacker Greg Buttle had over 300 tackles in two seasons (both seasons rank in the top four  in Penn State history for tackles in a season). Perhaps the greatest Penn State defense was led by two-time All American Shane Conlan – who led the Nittany Lions to the 1986 National Championship. The 1990s were highlighted by Butkus and Bednarik award winner Lavar Arrington and his still-awe-inspiring “Lavar Leap.” Then in the past decade, the Linebacker U tradition was even further solidified with All American teammates and the top two tacklers in Penn State history Dan Connor and Paul Posluszny – who Jack Ham gave the distinction of the best Penn State linebacker of all time.

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The Cheap Seats: Bowl-bound Nittany Lions look for seventh win at Illinois

 
By Les Barnhart

The call came out from Beaver Stadium (or at least the tailgate I was at) last Saturday afternoon to set the pins because the Nittany Lions are again going bowling!  For the first time since 2012 (seems longer though) Penn State and their legion of fans will have something to look forward to after the regular season.  

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