Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl trip lacking excitement; big week ahead for Nittany Lions recruiting class

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Not what it used to be

A season ago after ripping through the Big Ten during the second half of the season, securing a Big Ten title, the Penn State football team was passed over for a playoff spot.

This season, no Big Ten title, no thought of a playoff spot, Penn State will again head west to the Fiesta Bowl against Washington, the very team that got into the playoff over the Nittany Lions in 2016. And that’s about where the buzz ends.

Mike Gross of LancasterOnline writes there is an excitement missing from this bowl trip for Penn State.

Gross makes valid points:

Bowls generally are, and have always been, exhibitions. The least important games of the year. That hasn’t changed at all.

That’s the objective truth, but there’s often a gulf between objective truth and common perception. As we see daily.

As for common perception, Penn State-Washington in the Fiesta Bowl is seeming to go something like this: Nice matchup. Not exactly lighting a fire in America’s heart.

Trying to dress this matchup as anything but an exhibition, perhaps a final glimpse of Saquon Barkley in a Penn State uniform, is pointless.

Gross goes on to point out that the S&P Plus ratings have Washington and Penn State ranked No. 4 and 5 respectively. But even that might not be enough to fill a stadium in Arizona to end the year.

Billy Connelly of SB Nation takes the stance that every bowl is fantastic and to keep all the pageantry coming.

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Recruiting in focus

Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue answers five important questions pertaining to Penn State’s recruiting class. The biggest of which, is will Harrisburg (Pa.) defensive end Micah Parsons re-commit to the Nittany Lions when he makes his official announcement on Wednesday.

Parsons took his final officially visit to Georgia and has a harder decision to make than it might seem on the surface.

On Saturday Parsons tweeted the following while at Georgia.

From Donohue:

Rarely do we see things come full circle with a 5-star recruit of his caliber, but indications are Parsons is primed to rejoin the class he initially committed to as a sophomore. The Nittany Lions extended a scholarship offer during his freshman year, establishing solid rapport between staff members and the prized in-state prospect.

Parsons is set to announce his choice via The Player’s Tribune on Wednesday and will be holding an event at Harrisburg High to formally make his announcement. He has already been accepted at Penn State academically, which is normal process for recruits looking to enroll early.

No Tony Carr, no problem

Penn State’s men’s basketball team snagged another road victory on Sunday, a 74-54 decision over George Mason that the Nittany Lions took without the services of point guard Tony Carr, who was suspended for one game because of a violation of team rules.

Penn State (9-3) avenged a bad home loss a season ago to George Mason, writes The Daily Collegian’s Tyler King.

Lamar Stevens (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Mike Watkins (14, 12) each had a double-double for the Nittany Lions, who host Binghamton on Tuesday night.

Easy going

The Penn State wrestling team opened the Big Ten season with a 44-3 victory over Indiana, writes The Daily Collegian’s Ben Jenkins.

Penn State trailed early 3-0 after losing at 125 to open the match, but ripped off the remaining bouts, and got a forfeit victory for No. 1 ranked Vincenzo Joseph at 165 pounds. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 1 in the country according to InterMat’s Dual Meet rankings.

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