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College GameDay Star Makes Bold Penn State-Kentucky Prediction

first_imgPenn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Citrus Bowl this season will feature an intriguing matchup between No. 14 Kentucky and No. 12 Penn State. Even though the Nittany Lions will enter this game as the favorites, the Wildcats aren’t strangers to being the underdog.Most predictions will have Trace McSorley leading Penn State to one more victory before he graduates. Nonetheless, one member of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has high expectations for Kentucky.Chris “The Bear” Fallica usually does tons of research before making his picks, which could be the reason behind his faith in the Wildcats. Well, history shows that SEC programs perform admirably when they’re not favored heading into a bowl game.From 247Sports:“That defense I think is going to cause a lot of problems for Trace McSorely and that Penn State offense,” Fallica said. “Josh Allen is a guy who can get after the quarterback and rush the passer, the secondary is very good. Penn State’s offensive line has struggled in pass pro at times this year.”“If you look traditionally at SEC teams that are this big of an underdog, the last 20 times they’ve been this big of a dog in a bowl game, 16-4 against the number, 11 outright wins,” Fallica said. “So, as bad as that Kentucky offense is, I think the Wildcats give Penn State a fourth-quarter fight.”With Benny Snell Jr. and Josh Allen suiting up for the Wildcats, shocking the Nittany Lions on the national stage would be the perfect ending to their collegiate career.The Citrus Bowl will take place on New Year’s Day, as the game will be broadcast on ABC.Defeating Penn State would truly be a signature moment for Kentucky’s football program.last_img read more

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen stakes claim to be Germany’s No. 1

first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen stakes claim to be Germany’s No. 1Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced a player-of-the-match performance to help the Spanish team escape with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League group opener on Tuesday.advertisement Associated Press DortmundSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 16:47 IST AP PhotoWhether Germany coach Joachim Low was watching or not, Marc-Andre ter Stegen delivered his message.The Barcelona goalkeeper produced a player-of-the-match performance to help the Spanish team escape with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League group opener on Tuesday.It was Ter Stegen’s first game since he voiced discontent with his backup role to Germany No. 1 Manuel Neuer.Ter Stegen saved a penalty from former Borussia Mönchengladbach teammate Marco Reus and made a string of saves to deny the home side.Ter Stegen was already known for his prowess facing penalties before he left Gladbach for Barça in 2014. His save against Reus – diving to his left, then calmly snapping up the rebound on the line before any of the onrushing Dortmund players could reach the ball – was his fourth from six penalties he has faced in the Champions League.”People know what I’m capable of. I just want to concentrate on my work and show my capabilities to 100%. I think I managed that today,” Ter Stegen said.Ter Stegen, undisputed No. 1 at Barcelona, is finding it much harder to break through for Germany. The 27-year-old goalkeeper expressed disappointment with his reserve role after last week’s European qualifiers against the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.The 33-year-old Neuer, who is also Germany’s captain, kept his place between the posts to leave Ter Stegen on the bench, as he has been for every competitive international game since October 2017.”It’s not easy to find an explanation for it. I give my best in every game to make the decision more difficult,” Ter Stegen said. “These international games were a tough blow for me.”advertisementBayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer showed little sympathy after his team’s 1-1 draw at Leipzig in the German league on Saturday.”He never said anything about it when we were on international duty. Basically I think that we should always appear as a team, and I don’t know if this helps,” Neuer said. “I’m a team player and always think of what’s best for the team.”Neuer referred to the duel between Germany goalkeepers Jens Lehmann and long-time No. 1 Oliver Kahn before the 2006 World Cup, and the praise Kahn paid his rival for a brilliant performance in the quarterfinal win over Argentina.Ter Stegen hit back at the notion he wasn’t a team player.”If you think of the past years, you can see how I’ve carried myself. So these comments are not appropriate,” the German said.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde thanked the goalkeeper for “his outstanding saves” against Dortmund, while former Spain and Real Madrid No. 1 Iker Casillas tweeted “Ter Stegen’s level today was sensational.”Ter Stegen’s next chance to impress Löw will be Germany’s friendly against Argentina on Oct. 9 in Dortmund.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Marc-Andre ter StegenFollow Borussia Dortmund vs BarcelonaFollow Champions League Nextlast_img read more