Penn State Returns to Hockey Valley to Take On Kent State

Penn State Returns to Hockey Valley to Take On Kent State

Kevin McGuire is a national college football writer for and covers Penn State football on a daily basis.

In case you missed it, Penn State has pulled back the curtain to become the only school in Pennsylvania to support a fully funded ice hockey program. Could this have any chance of helping to get the Flyers and Penguins to square off in a future Winter Classic? Who knows? But let's stick to football today...

Penn State needs a game like this week’s scheduled game to lick their wounds from a tough defeat against top ranked Alabama. The Nittany Lions turned the ball over to Alabama three times in Alabama territory and could not come up with a big play when it really counted in losing 24-3. This week should see Penn State get the offense back on track, albeit against a much more inferior opponent.

The Nittany Lions return home this weekend to host Kent State (1-1) a week before welcoming Temple to Beaver Stadium for what is shaping out to be a fine intra-state match-up. For Penn State to feel good about themselves again they will need to see improvement on defense. Last week’s sloppy effort saw many missed and poor tackles against a bruising Alabama running game. The pass defense was also exploited by the Crimson Tide but Penn State’s remaining opponents may not have the weapons they faced in week two, so there should be some mild improvement in that particular area.

Penn State is 2-0 all time against the Golden Flashes, with the last meeting needing the Nittany Lions to dig out of an early 10-0 hole in 2003. Fans should expect to see freshman quarterback Rob Bolden continue to grow this week as he took nearly every snap in the Alabama game to cement himself as the quarterback for this team.

Today’s game can be seen on ESPN2, with a 12:01 p.m. kickoff scheduled.

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Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds