There’s nothing like a good rumor to distract a team from what they need to focus on, but Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is tuning it all out and only concerned with beating Auburn — and according to him so is Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin.

When USC fired head coach Clay Helton earlier this week, it didn’t take long for the speculation about who would fill the position and relocate to Southern California. Among those on nearly every list, was Franklin.

But keeping the eye on the ball will be a tall order this week, with plenty of hype building up to this weekend’s prime-time showdown. ESPN’s College GameDay will be in College Station for their weekly live broadcast, and ABC will have it’s “A-Team” of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstriet and Holly Rowe covering the game.


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Auburn heads into Happy Valley as the first SEC team to do so since Alabama in 2011. The game, a “White Out” at Beaver Stadium, is a matchup of two unbeaten teams, with Auburn having defeated its first two opponents by a combined 122-10 score. ESPN’s College Football Power Index rates the game as a top-10 game — Auburn at No. 10 and PSU and No. 8.

A 6:30 PM kickoff is set for Saturday, Sept. 18 at Beaver Stadium in College State, Pennsylvania.