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FOS Fearless Forecast: Penn State vs. Minnesota

Check out our predictions for the Nittany Lions' Saturday afternoon showdown with the undefeated Golden Gophers.

Nirav Dalal (PlaybookNirav)

COMMENT: Minnesota's size on both lines will create a problem for Penn State, yet again. However, I like PSU, at home, getting a turnover or making a special teams' play late in the game to pull it out.

PREDICTION: Penn State 24, Minnesota 20

Scott Cole (PSU96)

COMMENT: This game is very difficult to predict. Minnesota is 3-0 but the competition has been less difficult than what Penn State has faced. The Gophers will pound it on the ground to take advantage of a Lion defense ravaged by injury, but Penn State should have a lot more offensive success this week than last. I'm expecting a nail biter.

PREDICTION: Penn State 30, Minnesota 28


COMMENT: After a dismal performance in Ann Arbor, PSU rebounds with a good effort and wins a close game. Barkley will rush for over 100 and McSorley will find the time to make some big plays to the WRs. The PSU defense will be shaky at times but will do enough to secure the win. 

PREDICTION: Penn State 27, Minnesota 23

Mark Harrington (PlaybookMark)

COMMENT: While the Nittany Lions are dealing with injury issues on defense, I expect for them to improve on offense. The question is if it's enough to turn things around. The key is for the coaches to put the weapons they have in a position to find consistent success.

PREDICTION: Penn State 27, Minnesota 20

Rob Riva (rriva)

COMMENT: Penn State's physically wounded, young and inexperienced defense will again be run over and picked apart, while the promising but out-of-whack offense will likely start out slow yet again. 

PREDICTION: Minnesota 37, Penn State 20

Keith "Goon" Conlin (KeithConlin)

COMMENT: The Lions recover nicely from last week, putting the ugly loss at Michigan behind them. But I think the Gophers are on the rise and pull the mini-upset. Just so many injuries and so much youth on defense for PSU. Limping in vs. Minny and Maryland before a much- much-needed bye. Late field goal sinks the Lions.

PREDICTION: Minnesota 24, Penn State 21

Tom Hoffman (underscoreTom)

COMMENT: Any game this year for Penn State is going to be a struggle in some regard. The Lions should be able to get their offense going again vs. the Gophers, but Minnesota's power running game will be a challenge for the MASH unit that is the Penn State defense. Home field sure helps a ton in this case.

PREDICTION: Penn State 34, Minnesota 30

Scott Neal (PSUMtnBike)

COMMENT: While last weekend was brutal, it wasn't unexpected. Minnesota seems like a balanced team and — like others — should own the line of scrimmage, which is a recipe for winning. Regardless of the issues Penn State is facing, somehow, someway the Lions must find a way to win the next two at home or the season (and some fans) may spiral out of control.  

PREDICTION: Penn State 34, Minnesota 31

Tom McLaughlin (WeRPSUPlaybook)

COMMENT: Riddled by injury, low on experience and shellshocked by the Wolverines, the Lions face an improving Minnesota team at a time when the Gophers are seeking national relevance. Penn State, meanwhile, at 2-2 is facing a serious identity crisis, and is undermanned for the recovery.

PREDICTION: Minnesota 35, Penn State 17

Mark Brennan (MarkBrennan)

COMMENT: Penn State clearly is not yet in the same stratosphere as Michigan, but I don't think the Nittany Lions are as bad as they looked against the Wolverines, either. That'll show this week against a Golden Gopher outfit that is traveling for the first time this season and has yet to face a team of any substance. Look for the Lion receivers to bounce back in a big way.

PREDICTION: Penn State 30, Minnesota 25


COMMENT: After being overwhelmed and physically manhandled last week, the young Lions need to come out strong and aggressive against Minnesota. They will once again be challenged by a big, physical run-oriented offense. Can they bounce back and get a must-win at home? And will the rebuilt linebacking corps be up to the challenge? The answer to both questions is "yes." The offense is led by Barkley and McSorely as PSU rebounds with a solid win.

PREDICTION: Penn State 31, Minnesota 24


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