Penn State wants a cupcake

Penn State wants a cupcake

Paw Print Cupcakes, originally uploaded by Flickr member sadepugh

Kevin covers Penn State football on a daily basis for Examiner, and also is a regular contributor at Nittany White Out.

No, Penn state does not have a bye week, but it sure does feel like it. The Nittany Lions return home to Beaver Stadium to play Tony Romo's Alma mater, Eastern Illinois, for the first time in history. Penn state should cruise to a victory today and you can take a break from the Phillies post season run today to soak it in on ESPN Classic - although this game should hardly be a "classic".

Penn State found their running game last week at Illinois, a game in which both Stephfon Green and Evan royster passed the century mark on the ground. Quarterback Daryll Clark saw his consecutive game with a touchdown streak come to an end but he did chip in with a pair of touchdown runs himself.

Eastern Illinois is not a total pushover. They are coming off their first defeat of the season to Eastern Kentucky and are ranked in the top 25 of the FCS ranks. But no matter what kind of adrenaline rush they start off with today, Penn State still has the advantage in every facet of the game.

So for those of you looking to kill some time before tonight's late first pitch for the Phillies in Colorado, feel free to leave a comment during the Penn State game.

TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.

With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.

On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.

The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.

Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.

While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.