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Penn State makes case for nation's top defensive line; Lions a Week 6 college football winner, and more

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Today's Penn State football news is heavy on analysis after the Lions topped Purdue 35-7 on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

USA Today calls the Lions one of college football's winners after the Week 6 slate went in the books.

"It's time to consider James Franklin and the Nittany Lions as: one, a really good and balanced team already exceeding national expectations behind a polished underclassman quarterback and an aggressive defense; and two, as what seems very much to be the biggest threat to Ohio State's reign in the Big Ten," Paul Myerberg writes.

Elsewhere, The Centre Daily Times details how position coach Sean Spencer's defensive line made the case to be one of the nation's best after a 10-sack performance against the Boilermakers.

"On paper, it was one of the defensive line's most dominant efforts this century. Plummer opened the game with seven straight incompletions and didn't hit his first target until 20 minutes into the game -- on a 1-yard pass. Purdue also averaged minus-0.7 yards per rush," Josh Moyer writes.

"Better offenses are on the horizon for the No. 12 Nittany Lions. But the soft-spoken Gross-Matos said his team isn't about to back down now. This is exactly where they hoped to be in early October."

In other news, Lions247 grades the latest PSU win while StateCollege.com looks at the struggles Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford has had at times with throwing deep passes. The Allentown Morning Call asks if the Lions' soaring self-confidence is merited, and Boilermakers' coach Jeff Brohm raved about Penn State's performance.

Those stories and more highlight Sunday's Lions news roundup.

Winners and losers from Week 6 in college football: Myerberg [USA Today]

Noah Cain shows against Purdue he might be the feature running back Penn State is looking for: Jones [PennLive]

Does Penn State have one of the nation's top defensive lines? Here's how it made the case Saturday: Moyer [Centre Daily Times]

The Penn State postgame show with Bob Flounders and David Jones; game balls, and more: Pickel [PennLive]

REPORT CARD: Penn State-Purdue: Brennan [247Sports]

Don't sleep on Penn State's run defense, it matters more than an eye-pleasing pass rush and Noah Cain's emergence vs. Purdue: Flounders [PennLive]

Penn State Football: Finding Deep Threat A Complex Obstacle: Jones [StateCollege.com]

Inside why Penn State's offense stalled against Purdue, and analyzing the reasons why it doesn't much matter: Pickel [PennLive]

Is Penn State's soaring self-confidence merited? The Lions certainly believe so: Wogenrich [Morning Call]

Penn State-Purdue takeaways: Yes, it should be Noah Cain time; Pass rush answers all questions, and more: Pickel [PennLive]

Ten things you need to know about Purdue's 35-7 loss at Penn State: Dienhart [Gold and Black]

Penn State rapid reaction: Nittany Lions 35, Purdue 7 (Homecoming at Beaver Stadium): Flounders [PennLive]

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