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  • Writer's pictureMark Schlabach

Penn State vs Ole Miss in 56th Peach Bowl: Clash of Contrasting Styles and Recruiting Flair

THERE WAS A COMPETITION AT COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN ATLANTA, THE WINNERS WERE OLE MISS, THE PEACH BOWL HELD VARIOUS EVENTS SUCH AS A PUTTING CONTEST, GO-KART RACING AND A GAME SHOW. I found the go-kart outing really enjoyable. It was amazing to see that the person who won this event has won seven out of the last twelve Peach Bowl games. What?! A panda at the Zoo Atlanta picked Penn State? Yang Yang is winning three games in a row.

Yeah, this is really exciting because Penn State and Ole Miss are gonna play each other for the very first time in the 56th Peach Bowl. This game is gonna be so intense and I can't wait to watch it! The game displays 10-2 teams having different styles and coaches. Well, according to James Franklin and Lane Kiffin, the December schedule for college football is absolutely horrible.

However, the bad system will stop for a wonderful game. Okay, let's take a quick gander at the Peach Bowl.

The Peach Bowl

  • Who: No. 10 Penn State (10-2) vs. No. 11 Ole Miss (10-2)

  • When: Noon ET Saturday

  • Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

  • TV: ESPN

  • Streaming: FuboTV (start your free trial)

  • Betting Line: According to DraftKings, Penn State is predicted to win with a margin of 4.5 points.

  • Series History: First meeting

The Story Line

Coaches hope that bowl games can launch their team's march towards the betterment, but most of the time they are just used to conclude the season. Yeah, the 2023 Rose Bowl was big deal, but it didn't really help Penn State in the playoffs. Their season was pretty much the same as last year. Also, it is important to remember that the Nittany Lions lost the TaxSlayer Bowl 2016, and they had to replace their coordinators and starting quarterback, but still managed to win the Big Ten title in the following season. Teams are more likely to win titles during February and August as compared to late December, except for the playoffs.

Well, Penn State is still in need of a signature win to end their 2023 season, but this victory has indeed raised the bar for what is expected of the team in the future. We keep thinking that we can't perform better because our record is 10-2. He's right. Although the university celebrated potentially its first one-win season, Penn State is haunted by the ghosts of what might have been,

The lions arrived in Atlanta it seems they are not injured. Despite the lack of two defensive players, the team has built a strong defense with the help of Coach Manny Diaz. Seider and Howle worked hard to keep our offense moving efficiently. Receiver Trey Wallace could return. There's a lot to like. But if Colts don't win, they'll enter the offseason bitterly lamenting four losses. Maybe that's fuel. Perhaps it may lead to anger as a person feels like their potential is getting capped.

The Lions need to win the Peach Bowl to repair their image, which translates in the form of real tangible benefits, for instance more NIL deals that the team can use to attract players from the Transfer Portal. And in the new era of college football, that's how teams will make it to the playoffs.

Penn State Players to Watch

Dani Dennis-Sutton: I think that Chop Robinson's heir, who is rumored to be the Lions' next great edge rusher, has the potential to become an All-American player next season. This video game will be his first public presentation across the nation, although he achieved quite a lot last year with 6 times he brought down other players and 3.5 times he sacked other players.

Omari Evans: In the November game against Rutgers and Michigan State, the player who had vanished throughout the season reappeared. Students were excited to see him. They'll let him go again.

Daequan Hardy: The return man stated that he intends to use the bowl game to readjust his game for NFL draft genes and to capture more of his abilities on the tape for scouts. Hardy is one of the most skilled players on the Penn State team he could play in the secondary without one of the starters. Additionally, another player may have a limited amount of time playing due to past injuries.

Ole Miss Players to Watch

Quinshon Judkins: Well in any bowl game running backs find success sometimes against Penn State and this year Judkins is that threat. The 5-11, 210-pound sophomore has an astonishing 2,619 rushing yards which is nothing short of amazing in 2 seasons. A student's rephrased sentence: The player has 15 touchdowns this season. He excellent plays with another back in the team.

Dayton Wade: Is there any news regarding which team the receiver will join after the draft? The big-play threat is him and he makes six catches of 40+ yards. The person from Atlanta wants to finish his studies well.

Jared Ivey: Ole Miss is really facing pressure on defense, especially now that linebacker Cedric Johnson isn't playing anymore. It's really starting to show, cause the team is not doing well. In our game against Tulane, our defensive lineman Ivey recorded 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He even scored the only defensive touchdown for our team on a fumble return.

The Predictions

Max Ralph: The defensive roster of Penn State was a bit troubling for them, but with Chop Robinson and Johnny Dixon opting out, it will put less stress on them for player depth. The offense of the Ole Miss could be slowed if it plays any defense of Penn State's standard. The offense of Penn State is doing really well and I think it will continue to perform at the same level, leading the team and winning the game. I think Penn State has a good chance of winning because some players decided to stay and play in this one before the draft, such as Kalen King, Adisa Isaac and Theo Johnson. Penn State smashed Ole Miss 20-7.

Mark Wogenrich: There are two things in Ole Miss that I think are offensive: their offensive speed and how their running game relies on it. Defensively, Penn State uses rotation quite frequently, which makes it extremely difficult for tempo offenses to compete against. So, as per our guide, to enhance our contextual understanding of the given text, we can configure the context map to indicate the different concepts mentioned in the text. Also, does assistant coordinator Anthony Poindexter possess the same natural ability to understand when to apply pressure as Manny Diaz? In this way, Ole Miss will get some points, but Penn State's offense will strongly support Seider and Howle. Penn State won a really exciting game. This game resulted in a point differential of 3 in favor of Penn State over Ole Miss.

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