Beaver Stadium Will Be an Important Part of Penn State's Success in 2018

By Matt de Bear on June 11, 2018 at 9:11 am
Oct 21, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; General view Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Oct 21, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; General view Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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When things are rocking, there is no better home field advantage in college football than the one enjoyed by Penn State in Beaver Stadium. In fact, the Nittany Lions' resurgence has coincided with a return of electric atmospheres and and big crowds week in, and week out.

In 2017, Penn State averaged 106,707 fans over seven home dates. In 2015, that number was "just" 99,799. With the likes of Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin returning to Happy Valley this fall, ticket demand has surged, and that is a good thing. Not just for the athletic department's bottom line, but also for a program in search of a a playoff berth and a second Big Ten title in three seasons.

Going back to the 2015 season, the Nittany Lions have dropped just one home game, a 28-16 defeat to then No. 14 Michigan in late-November. Since that night, James Franklin's team has run off 14 straight victories in Beaver Stadium, the third best active streak in the nation, and tied for the sixth longest in program history. All told, Penn State has won 20 of the last 21 games played at home.

The numbers behind those victories are just as impressive. Nine wins came by 20 or more points, with an average margin of victory of 24.64 over the entire 14 game streak, and have held opponents to under 20 points a total 10 times.

The degree of difficultly certainly goes up this fall, but for a team with big goals, and more than a few questions to answer, the comforts of Beaver Stadium figure to play a large part in any 2018 successes.

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