By Harry Allison

Penn State’s first game against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium is still nine nights away, but the Nits just won some props from ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

The college football analyst picked the Nittany Lions’ annual White Out as one of the five best atmospheres in all of college football while also naming the student section one of the nation’s five best. On top of that, he predicted Penn State as one of his four playoff teams.

As part of the annual “Herbie Awards,” Herbstreit released a series of top-5 superlative lists that ESPN2 aired last night.

Penn State made the cut in a number of the Herbies categories, including:

  • Most exciting players (QB Trace McSorley, aboveR)
  • Most unselfish players (QB Tommy Stevens)
  • Ultimate Herbie (QB Trace McSorley)
  • Biggest shoes to fill (RB Miles Sanders)
  • Welcome back (CB John Reid)
  • Games I’m most looking forward to (Ohio State at Penn State)
  • Best atmosphere (Penn State White Out)
  • Impact coordinator hires (OC Ricky Rahne)
  • Question marks that aren’t actually questions (Penn State RB)
  • Best student sections (Penn State)
  • Best-looking field (Penn State)
  • Best freshmen (Justin Shorter)
  • Big Ten championship (Penn State over Wisconsin)

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