Auburn HC Bryan Harsin comments on Top 25 showdown vs. Penn State, impressed by Nittany Lion defense
It’ll be a Top 25 showdown in Happy Valley when No. 10 Penn State hosts No. 22 Auburn in Week 3.
Penn State is coming off a convincing 44-13 victory vs. visiting Ball State to improve to 2-0. The Penn State defense held Ball State to 295 total yards, forced two turnovers, and blanked them in the first and third quarters.
Auburn coach Bryan Harsin is impressed with the toughness of the Penn State defense.
“Defensively, red zone defense, that’s one that stands out. They’re second in the Big 10, 12th overall, so they’ve done a very good job there. Scoring defense, 21st in the country right now. Turnovers forced, they’re 16th, so they’re doing a good job getting the ball from the teams they play,” Harsin said via 247Sports. “And they got some guys returning, mostly in the secondary — couple in the secondary there. Some guys that stand out, their inside linebacker No. 13. No. 17 their d-end and their free safety No. 1. So they’re going to have some different packages for us on that side of the ball from what we’ve seen.”
Harsin in particular is extremely complimentary of the Penn State defensive line.
“I think Penn State’s front is very good. I think their front seven, they do a very good job. I think their linebackers are very good players. That’s a program that’s historically had some very good linebackers in it, and their D-line plays hard. I think schematically they do things with them that creates a challenge, so that’s going to be something for our offensive line that we know that we have to go out there and we’ve got to be able to get that done from this week in practice,” Harsin said. “We need a great look from our scout team, so the guys that are on the scout team and all that, they can’t go out there and be lazy and give us cruddy looks and not go hard and not care about their importance of getting our offensive line ready.”
The high powered Auburn offense has posted 60+ points in its first two games vs. Akron and Alabama State.
The all-time series between Penn State and Auburn is tied at 1. The last meeting was a 13-9 Auburn victory in 2003 at the Capital One Bowl.
Penn State-Auburn is slated for Sept. 18 (7:30 p.m. EST) and will be televised on ABC.