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Penn State Football: 5 Games You Must Watch in 2014

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Penn State Football: 5 Games You Must Watch In 2014

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Penn State has had a general upward trend the last few months, and the Nittany Lions have much to look forward to. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg is expected to be one of the best passers in the conference, and many are saying the Nittany Lions will be competing for a Big 10 championship. Here are five games you shouldn't miss this season.

5. at Illinois (Nov. 22)

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5. at Illinois (Nov. 22)

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This one doesn't look all that fascinating on paper, but it has all the makings for a trap game for Penn State. Going on the road against a team that hasn't played well the last few seasons makes this an intriguing game for me. It's late too; an upset would likely make relative shifts in the standings.

4. vs. UCF (Aug. 30)

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4. vs. UCF (Aug. 30)

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UCF will obviously be without star quarterback Blake Bortles this season, but I do still think this game is worth our attention, especially with it being so early in the season. It's unlikely Penn State will be fully developed as a team at this point.

3. vs. Northwestern (Sept. 27)

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3. vs. Northwestern (Sept. 27)

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I really think this is the season Northwestern gets it all together and plays well enough to compete with the rest of the Big 10. It's definitely an interesting cross-over game for Penn State.

2. vs. Ohio State (Oct. 25)

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2. vs. Ohio State (Oct. 25)

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When these two teams met last season, it was an embarrassingly lopsided victory in favor of the Buckeyes, 63-14. That was arguably the worst game of Penn State's season. A rematch is just what the Nittany Lions have to look forward to.

1. vs. Michigan State (Nov. 29)

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1. vs. Michigan State (Nov. 29)

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Yes, the last game of the season. It's very possible the result of this one will determine whether one of these teams goes on to represent the East Division in the Big 10 Championship game. Bring it on.