State College – No. 5 Penn State head coach James Franklin is well aware of the task his Nittany Lions face this weekend when they travel to No. 13 Minnesota.
The undefeated Golden Goffers have averaged over 42 carries per game over the last four games, and that success can be attributed to an outrageous offensive line.
“It’s probably the best offensive line we’ve played – they’re big, I mean, big-time,” Franklin said during the press conference on Tuesday. “The correct tackle is 6-foot-9, 400 pounds and not heavy if it is possible to say.
The guy next to him I think is 6-foot-5, 350 pounds. He has the biggest college in the country, including the NFL. It is the offensive line. ”
After starting the season with four wins with a combined 20 points, P.J. The Flake-led Golden Gophers have joined the Big Ten and the FBS ‘upper staircase in several statistical categories.
One of these figures will focus on disrupting Franklin and his staff this weekend which is occupancy time. Minnesota ranks sixth in the nation in the category, placing football for 34 minutes per game.
“(Flake) wants to dominate possession time with his offensive line,” Franklin said. “Truly, if they rise above the early lead in the game, they will start feeding the clock already. They are going to try to suffocate you along the offensive line, their offense style and possession time. ”
Franklin said that to stop doing so, the Nittany Lions have to be efficient on offense, convert their third-down attempts and maintain long drives. Penn State has converted 42 of its 104 (.404 percent) third-down attempts this season.
Penn State expects Minnesota to capitalize on its red-zone opportunities to counter any effort in a ball-control game. The Nittany Lions have scored on 29 of their 31 trips in the red zone (24 TDs and five field goals).
“I think that gives a lot of confidence because the defense is always predictable,” Penn State said running back and Meadville High alumnus Journey Brown. “You never know what we’re going to do because we do really well.”
Franklin said Penn State’s offensive success against the Golden Gophers would help defend it. That means keeping Minnesota’s field and football away from his playmakers’ hands.”You know, I think many times, it’s weird when you talk about possession time,” Franklin said. “Everyone talks about crime, especially when you run a broadcast, no-huddle style crime. But it is both.
“The Nittany Lions’ defense will start this weekend without having to deal with defensive Antonio Shelton. Last week, Franklin announced that Shelton would serve a one-game suspension for his unbearable penalty against Michigan State.
Shelton appeared to spit in the direction of a Spartans player late in the fourth quarter.
Last week, Franklin said Robert Windsor, a starter, and defensive defenseman from reserve defensive tackle PJ Mustifer would receive an increase in reps due to Shelton’s absence. On Tuesday, he said that Fred Hansard and Judge Culpepper, both reserved, will receive reps in a defensive tackle.
Franklin said, “I think you will probably see PJ and Rob between more than 15 representative games.” “There could be 20, maybe 15 more reps in this game. We think they can handle it. Apparently, you will see a bit more Fred and a little more Judge and some others as well.”
Franklin also updated the status of cornerback John Reid and running Noah Caine. Both players suffered injuries against Michigan State on October 26, but are expected to play against Minnesota.