Sunday, November 19, 2017

Penn State at Alabama

Penn State's defense could cause problems for Alabama along the line of scrimmage in Week 2.

Penn State offense vs. Alabama defense
• Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart brings an aggressive mentality and tends to load up on early downs in an effort to challenge opposing offenses to beat them through the air. This week Smart will drop either S Mark Barron or S Robert Lester near the box to get an extra defender involved in run support. Nittany Lions true freshman QB Robert Bolden showed promise in a solid performance during his debut against Youngstown State, but he will face a different animal this week on the road in a hostile environment. Penn State offensive coordinator Galen Hall must not fall into the easy trap of being too conservative with his play calling. Hall needs to dial up a few shots downfield for Bolden, especially early in the game, to get the Crimson Tide's attention. The Nittany Lions have deep-threat talent on the perimeter in WRs Derek Moye, Brett Brackett and Graham Zug to challenge Alabama's talented but young corners.