Penn State vs. Ohio: Sport Preview

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The Nittany Lions kick off their dwelling slate, whereas the Bobcats look to damage one other dwelling opener in Completely happy Valley.

Penn State (1-0) vs. Ohio (1-0)

Kickoff: Midday, Beaver Stadium, State School, PA

The Betting Line: Penn State -25.5 (Odds/strains topic to alter. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for particulars.)

TV: ABC (sure, that is truly an ABC broadcast), Midday – Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline)

Climate: Escape your most interesting jorts, as it is going to be a heat and sunny day with highs within the low 80s in the course of the afternoon.

COACHES:

James Franklin:

PENN STATE RECORD: 68-34, ninth Yr

OVERALL RECORD: 92-49, twelfth Yr

VS. OHIO: 0-0

Tim Albin:

OHIO RECORD: 4-9, 2nd Yr

OVERALL RECORD: 4-9, 2nd Yr

VS. PENN STATE: 0-0

FUN FACTS

OHIO OFFENSE VS. PENN STATE DEFENSE

The Bobcats week one sport in opposition to Florida Atlantic turned out to be their best-case state of affairs. Not solely did they go away with an exciting victory, however there have been a number of standout performances from gamers who entered the season as enormous query marks with a near-total lack of expertise.

Quarterback Kurtis Rourke was the only returning starter among the many ability positions, and he confirmed a marked enchancment from a season in the past. He accomplished 78 p.c of his passes for 345 yards, with 5 touchdowns (one together with his legs), and no interceptions. He was near-perfect in main the Bobcats to a 41-38 victory. Rourke doesn’t run terribly typically, however has the power to seek out yards when given the prospect, and convert the occasional third down together with his legs.

Redshirt freshman Sieh Bangura carries the load on the bottom, and acquired off to a sizzling begin with 114 speeding yards – properly exceeding his season whole of 93 yards on 12 carries from a 12 months in the past, the place he saved his redshirt by showing in 4 video games. Of the 24 speeding makes an attempt by the Bobcats, Bangura had 23, so count on to see a heavy dose of him on Saturday.

Senior large reciever James Bostic is one other participant that appeared to come back out of nowhere. He contributed simply 5 receptions for 34 yards and didn’t discover the tip zone in 2021. Nonetheless, in week one he went off for six catches for 136 yards and a landing. Bostic is essentially the most bodily of the Bobcats receiver at 63, 220 lbs., and will present an attention-grabbing match-up with Joey Porter Jr. Senior Sam Wiglusz additionally appears poised for a breakout 12 months. He had simply two whole catches in the course of the 2021 season, however had two landing receptions in week one, and 5 catches for 59 yards on the day.

You possibly can most likely count on to see loads of freshman linebacker Abdul Carter for the Penn State protection. About 20 seconds after getting a shout-out from the announcers on Thursday for being the potential subsequent nice Penn State linebacker to put on #11, he was promptly ejected for a wildly questionable focusing on penalty. He ought to be capable to make up a few of these missed reps, and can develop into an element within the linebacking corps all through the season. Regulate Penn State’s go rush as properly. They had been unable to get a lot stress for a lot of the contest in opposition to Purdue, however got here on sturdy within the fourth quarter – because of each a deep rotation that helped put on down the Boilermakers, in addition to Aidan O’Connell needing to drop again extra and never depend on fast passes.

PENN STATE OFFENSE VS. OHIO DEFENSE

The Nittany Lions labored at establishing the bottom sport within the first half in opposition to Purdue, and will definitely proceed that pattern this week. The tandem of true freshmen Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen ought to each obtain a heavy workload to assist get them adjusted to the pace of the collegiate sport.

The appropriate sort out place will provide some intrigue, as Bryce Effner changed starter Caeden Wallace after some early struggles in opposition to Purdue. Saturday will likely be a very good indicator of the plans for the best sort out place shifting ahead.

Sean Clifford is coming off an extremely polorazing efficiency. On one hand, had a number of misfires, together with a horrendous go that resulted in a pick-six that almost gave the sport away, somewhat than an enormous achieve for the Nittany Lions. On the opposite, he had 5 touchdowns on the day, went 6-of-7 in main the offense on the game-winning drive with underneath a minute left, and was named Huge Ten Co-Offensive Participant of the Week.

There’s additionally some intrigue with the backup quarterback spot. Drew Allar briefly entered the sport in reduction of Clifford for one drive to open the second half. He appeared poised, particularly for a real freshman, and flashed his immense potential. Nonetheless, James Franklin acknowledged that there isn’t any remaining choice on the second-string quarterback spot. Regardless of this, it could be a shock to not see Allar are available in following Clifford (assuming Clifford doesn’t play everything of the sport).

Ohio’s protection didn’t impress fairly just like the stellar offensive performace in week one. The protection surrendered almost 500 yards, with 364 via the air. They did show to be opportunistic with two key fumble recoveries. In addition they produced two sacks. Security Ben Johnson led the best way for the Bobcats protection with a whopping 15 tackles on the day.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Jake Pinegar returns as beginning kicker, claiming the job once more after Jordan Stout took over kicking duties in 2021. He didn’t try a area purpose in opposition to Purdue, however related on all 5 additional level makes an attempt. Punter Barney Amor proved he’s able to fill the massive sneakers of Stout, averaging 46.9 yards on eight punts in week one.

Ohio punter Jonah Wieland is again for his third 12 months as a starter, and had a formidable season debeut with a 44.2 common. True freshman Nathanial Vakos related on the primary two area purpose makes an attempt of his collegiate profession, with a protracted of 36 yards.

PREDICTION

Penn State-49, Ohio-17

That is the one sport the place the expectation is that Penn State will present up and outclass the opponent. The Bobcats have had success through the years, even knocking off the Nittany Lions in 2012 in a sport all of us want to neglect ever occurred. However they might want to work their approach again following the retirement of Frank Solich, who was simply essentially the most profitable coach at school historical past by about 10,000 miles.

There may be loads of optimism to go round for Bobcats followers following a robust week one efficiency. Nonetheless, they don’t have the Joey Porters, Mitchell Tinsleys, Ji’Ayir Browns, Chop Robinsons, Parker Washingtons and others to maintain tempo with the Nittany Lions. Penn State ought to be capable to play aggressive early on to construct a lead earlier than turning issues over to the blokes on the bench to get some much-needed expertise.

Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen every get their first landing in a Nittany Lions uniform, whereas Mitchell Tinsley as soon as once more scores the primary factors of the day for Penn State. Drew Allar additionally will get his first landing go of his faculty profession within the second half. On protection, Chop Robinson units the tone for the rest of the season with two sacks and a compelled fumble.

Nittany Lions roll.

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