The final preparation are being made in Croke Park for this weekend’s season opener between Penn State and UCF in Dublin.
With both teams arriving in Dublin today, the stage is set for over 40,000 fans to enjoy the second NCAA Division 1 college football game in two years after Notre Dame took on Navy in the Aviva Stadium in 2012.
UCF are coming in to this game off the back of a 12-1 season, which included a 34-31 win at PSU where now Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback Blake Bortles went 20-for-27 with 288 yards and three touchdowns.
2013 season with a win at Wisconsin finishing 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.
PSU are currently serving a four year bowl ban, the penalty from their highly publicised child sex abuse scandal also included a $60 million fine and the NCAA vacated all of the program’s 112 wins from 1998 to 2011.
Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg is in his second season starting, last year he had a 58.9 completion percentage with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Although his number one target Allen Robinson, who had 40 percent of the team’s receptions, has moved on to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In the preseason redshirt freshman Pete DiNovo was named the No. 1 quarterback. If he starts on Saturday, he would be the first UCF freshman quarterback to start since Jeff Godfrey in 2010, and the first to start a season-opener since Daunte Culpepper in 1995.
Look out for Cork native Sean Galvin, who is the kick off specialist for UCF. Sean moved to the States in 2004 and has hopes of being drafted to the NFL next season.
Tickets are on sale for the Croke Park Classic through ticketmaster.ie and tickets.ie. For further information visit www.crokeparkclassic.ie.