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This is your Penn State Wake-Up Call for Tuesday, Oct. 18. Let’s get started.
Meyer talks up Penn State
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, observing the time-honored tradition of praising an upcoming opponent to high heaven, laid it on thick during a news conference Monday, as he looked ahead to Saturday’s game against Penn State in Beaver Stadium (8 p.m. ET, ABC).
First he discussed the atmosphere in Happy Valley:
“Wish they saved the white-outs for other games, but I guess they used it for our game. It’s one of the top-five atmospheres, again, in college football.”
Then he talked up Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley, and the others who man the skill positions for PSU:
“I will say this about Penn State, their first-rounder (at) tailback, and we believe this is as good a group of receivers we’ve faced, not this year, but in a while.”
Barkley ran for 202 yards his last time out, in a 38-14 victory over Maryland on Oct. 8, which was not only a career high but the highest total by a PSU back since Larry Johnson generated 279 against Michigan State in 2002.
Barkley, whose 582 yards this season are fourth-most in the Big Ten, also enjoyed a 194-yard day against the Buckeyes last year in Columbus, albeit in a 38-10 loss.
The receiving corps also has been productive. Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki have 23 catches each and DaeSean Hamilton and DeAndre Thompkins have contributed 18 apiece.
Left unsaid, of course, is that the Lions (4-2) have issues along the offensive line and on the injury-wracked defense. They are, however, coming off their bye, and the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes (6-0) were pushed hard Saturday at Wisconsin before emerging with a 30-23 overtime victory.
Remember Paris? He’s the starting left tackle
Paris Palmer is listed as the starting left tackle on the Lions’ depth chart released Monday. Palmer, who started 11 games last year, came off the bench at that position in the second quarter of the Maryland game, after right tackle Andrew Nelson was lost for the season with a leg injury and Brendan Mahon, the starter on the left side, switched flanks.
The depth chart also shows Curtis Cothran as a new starter at defensive tackle in place of Kevin Givens. And the linebacking corps remains the same — Brandon Smith in the middle, Manny Bowen on the strong side and Cam Brown on the weak side. Injured regulars Jason Cabinda and Brandon Bell are nowhere to be found.
The caveat, as always, is that the depth chart is hardly gospel. And as if on cue, Cabinda, who has not played since the season opener, tweeted the following later in the day Monday:
Mood: ??? pic.twitter.com/dOTxvEkUFK
— Jason Cabinda (@jasoncabinda) October 17, 2016
Below is the full depth chart, courtesy of a Daily Collegian tweet:
It looks like Paris Palmer is in line to replace the injured Andrew Nelson at OT. Curtis Cothran has also jumped Kevin Givens at DT pic.twitter.com/gAMXpCOJAJ
— Collegian Football (@psufootblog) October 17, 2016
Lynch leaves football behind
Former PSU running back Akeel Lynch, who transferred to Nevada after last season, tweeted Monday that he is giving up football because he suffered two “significant” concussions “in a short period of time.”
Lynch rushed for 1,318 yards in three years with the Nittany Lions, and has been credited by Barkley for the leadership he showed last season after Barkley took his job. Lynch rushed for 29 yards on eight carries over four games for the Wolfpack this season.
Here is his full statement, courtesy of his Twitter feed:
— Akeel J. Lynch (@ALynch_22) October 17, 2016
Purdue game set for noon
The Lions’ Oct. 29 game at Purdue will start at noon (ET) and be seen on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. An announcement is forthcoming on which network will carry the game.
Also in the Land of 10
- Radio host Paul Finebaum wonders if Alabama would beat Ohio State right now.
- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reaches the shocking conclusion that global warming is good for his team.
- Former Wisconsin basketball star Frank Kaminsky, a Chicago White Sox die-hard, trolls Cubs fans by wearing a Bartman jersey.