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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Illinois football preview

Penn State plays host to Illinois at Beaver Stadium and enters the contest as a 5 1/2-point favorite. The Nittany Lions are unbeaten at home (5-0) this season and face a pesky Illini squad that is winless on the road (0-2) but has managed to stay competitive in Big Ten play with a win over Nebraska (14-13) and losses to unbeaten Iowa (29-20) and Wisconsin (24-13). The Illini pose challenges…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State football news on James Franklin, Saquon Barkley, more

Penn State’s James Franklin says he’s not going anywhere, and he’s passionately refuted any indication that he’s interested in leaving. Franklin was linked to the vacancy at Miami this week in a report from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, which prompted a vehement denial from the coach that ended with, “This is where I want to be.” Franklin is 6-2 at Penn State this season and owns a 13-8 record in…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Maryland preview

Penn State travels to Baltimore Saturday for a rematch with Maryland, which beat the Nittany Lions in Beaver Stadium last season and refused to shake hands in doing so. The Terrapins enter this one as 6 1/2-point underdogs and coming off a bye week of turmoil with the firing of coach Randy Edsall. Penn State has had its share of struggles but enters this contest at M&T Bank Stadium in…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones

The play of quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been a running theme for the better part of two Penn State seasons. He’s an NFL talent who seemingly lost his way under James Franklin following a promising freshman season under former coach Bill O’Brien. Hackenberg’s game has been picked apart and stacked against his impressive physical tools ad nauseam since the end of his sophomore season.

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KSN Podcast: Penn State football news on Pat Narduzzi, the Wildcat and more

Penn State and Pitt don’t resume their intrastate rivalry until next season, but Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi is stoking the fire now. He took thinly veiled shots at the Nittany Lions coaching staff in reference to Christian Hackenberg this week, saying, “You could have a talented quarterback with a bad play caller and make him look bad. You see that around the country, some closer than others.” Penn State coach…

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KSN Podcast: ‘Tucker’s Tape’ on Penn State, Christian Hackenberg and situational football

Two years into coach James Franklin’s tenure, his offense still has far more questions than answers. And as the Nittany Lions struggle, blame falls on Franklin, offensive coordinator John Donovan, the offensive line and quarterback Christian Hackenberg. But what is the biggest problem in a sputtering passing attack, the scheme or Hackenberg’s execution? Hackenberg  was asked to do very little in a 38-10 loss at Ohio State, completing 7 of…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Ohio State preview

Penn State is 5-1 and coming off a strong, 29-7 win over Indiana that wrapped up a five-game home stand at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions hit the road Saturday to face No. 1 Ohio State in a rematch of last year’s overtime thriller in State College. The Buckeyes have been slow out of the gates in their six wins; does Penn State have what it takes to start fast,…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Penn State-Ohio State with Doug Lesmerises

Ohio State has had its share of struggles to open its defense of last year’s national championship, running into adversity in every single game during a 6-0 start. The Buckeyes are still trying to find themselves on both sides of the ball with huge matchups that carry College Football Playoff implications coming next month against Michigan State and at Michigan. Penn State, which gave OSU all it could handle at…

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