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Drew Allar is one of the most important players in College Football Playoff race

Drew Allar could be the reason why the Nittany Lions make the College Football Playoff in 2023.



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Apr 15, 2023; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (15) throw a pass during the fourth quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 10-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

There is enormous pressure on Drew Allar and the Penn State football team this fall. Not only for the Nittany Lions to either go on the road and knock off Ohio State or for Penn State to defeat the defending Big Ten Champions in Michigan. The obvious best-case scenario is to beat them both so they control their own destiny and make their first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Still, either way, the expectation from several members of the national media is to go 11-1 on the season.

Drew Allar plays a huge role College Football Playoff race

Recently Bill Connelly a staff writer for ESPN wrote a piece on The 25 most important players in 2023’s College Football Playoff race. Penn State QB Drew Allar ranked 2nd on this list that Connelly put together. When speaking about Allar he said, “The cannon-armed Allar likely takes over with other spectacular sophomores around him — Singleton and Allen in the backfield, Abdul Carter at linebacker — he’ll set about trying to close the gap.”

Connelly ranked Drew Allar and Tennesse’s QB Joe Milton in their own category labeled as New Starting QBs for potential contenders with a potential game-changing leap and shots at lots of contenders. It’s so true, if Allar can be the difference maker the Nittany Lions will be put in a position to knock off other CFP contenders Ohio State and Michigan.

He continued by saying “At worst, PSU’s a potential spoiler for either the Buckeyes or Wolverines in 2023. At best, the Nittany Lions are contenders.” It’s worth mentioning that anything less than an 11-1 record this season will be viewed as a disappointment to the Penn State community. With the schedule, they have in 2023 and the season they had in 2022, it’s realistic to believe that this is the year that Penn State can make it back to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship.

If Penn State can stay healthy and take care of business in the games they are supposed to win it will all come down to the same two opponents again this season. But, as Coach Franklin says West Virginia, West Virginia, West Virginia…

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Former Editor-In-Chief at Victory Bell Rings, Morgan is the current Site Manager for Basic Blues Nation, host of the Basic Blues Podcast, and co-host of the weekly Penn State Roar Room spaces. Morgan lives in upstate New York with his wife and cats.