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James Franklin Has Brutally Honest Admission Following Penn State's Win

A solo shot of Penn State coach James Franklin.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions on the sidelines during the first half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Penn State notched a big home win on Saturday night, taking down Michigan at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions remain undefeated on the season.

It was a huge win for PSU, which is looking like a legitimate College Football Playoff contender and potential Big Ten champion.

Penn State head coach James Franklin knows his team can play better, though.

Franklin doesn't think the Nittany Lions played very well in any of the game's three phases (offense, defense, special teams).

“We didn’t play our best in all three phases today. But we played well enough to win the game,” Franklin said. “Guys made plays when they needed to. It was a chess match all night long.”

Penn State jumped out to a nice lead in the first half, going up 14-0 on Michigan. The Wolverines then cut it to a touchdown multiple times in the second half. The Nittany Lions were able to hold on for the win.

Franklin added that his team continues to win and that's all that matters.

“We’re 1-0. That’s always the goal,” Franklin added. “There are a lot of teams that aren’t 1-0 this week.”

Penn State is now 7-0 on the season. The Nittany Lions are set to play Michigan State next weekend before getting a bye week.