Anthony Herron likes PSU to close out strong : ‘I don’t think the Penn State Nittany Lions are done’

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Anthony Herron thinks Penn State is one of the best teams in the Big Ten, this even as the Nittany Lions have lost four of their last five games.

A former defensive end at Iowa, Herron spent seven years in the NFL and now is an analyst with the Big Ten Network. Rutgers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) plays at Penn State (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 38-3 win at Indiana last weekend where they created six turnovers.

Saying “their record does not indicate how well they’ve played,” Herron likes Penn State overall as has them at fifth in his ‘Impact 5.’

“I think the Nittany Lions, when they’ve had a healthy Sean Clifford, they’ve shown themselves to be one of the most competent teams when you’re looking at both phases of the ball,” Herron said on the Big Ten Network.

“An explosive offense and a dominant defense quite frequently, as a team that can get it done at a high level. They had this stretch in the middle of the season where Clifford was banged up. You lose to Iowa, you lose to Illinois and now people have forgotten about them. Now they’re in the thickest stretch of difficult games and now they’re not quite making it happen. I don’t think the Penn State Nittany Lions are done. I see a win or two that is likely to come by the end of the schedule because they’re still playing well.”

In the rest of his ‘Impact 5’ Herron has Michigan State at fourth, Wisconsin then Michigan and Ohio State at the top slot.

Penn State has gone through a brutal stretch of games. Of their four losses this season, three have come against ranked teams.

On Saturday, the Nittany Lions lost at home 21-17 to Michigan.