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Gameday: Penn State vs. Ohio

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Good morning from Beaver Stadium.

Football is a few hours away as the Penn State Nittany Lions are set to take on the Ohio Bobcats in the season opener. The Bobcats, from the Mid-American Conference, are led by Frank Solich who has a 50-40 record through seven years with the program. Bill O’Brien will be making his head coaching debut for the Nittany Lions.

Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:

Team arrives in blue buses: 9:15 a.m.

Kickoff: 12:06 p.m.

Television: ESPN- Dave Pasch (Play by play), Brian Griese (Analyst), Tom Rinaldi and Mark Schwartz (Sideline reporters)

Radio: Penn State Sports Network:- Steve Jones (Play by play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter) Local 93.7 FM & 1450 AM

Weather: 77 degrees, Partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain

Last Time They Met: November 16, 1974- Penn State won this game 35-16. The Nittany Lions are 5-0 against the Bobcats all time with the average margin of victory 27.4 points.

Injuries: Penn State enters the game relatively healthy. Pete Massaro and Jake Fagnano have been slowed by injuries in the summer, but both are expected to play. Mark Arcidiacono, Brad Bars, and Ty Howle are out with injuries. The big injury for Ohio is a shoulder injury that will keep its star cornerback Travis Carrie out for the season.

Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets before, during, and after the game. Football reporter Drew Balis (@drewBbalis) will have updates from the press box. Photographer Dave Cole (@DaveColePhoto) will have pictures from the sideline. reporters Ron Musselman (@RMusselmansc), Nate Mink (@MinkNate), Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman), and Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) will also have coverage throughout the day.

A recap of coverage throughout the week from both outlets can be found below:

Onward State

A Tougher Opponent on the Dawn of a New Era

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Ohio

50 Stats for Saturday

Bill O’Brien, Gerald Hodges, and Jordan Hill Ready to Lead

Getting You Hyped for Penn State Football 

Football Depth Chart Features a Few Surprises 

Evan Lewis Finds Role on Team

10 Football Players You Might not Know Yet

Blue Band Begins New Tradition Thanks to Nittanyville 

Nittanyville Live Blog

Nittanyville 101: The Basics

Penn State Launches Beaver Stadium Mobile Site 

Video Preview

Bulldog: Mac McWhorter Comes Out of Retirement to Help Resurrect Penn State Football

The Students, Let’s not Forget Them, as Well

Mailbag Talks Buses and New Look Offense

Riding Shotgun: McGloin, O’Brien Set to Drive Penn State’s New-Look Offense

Fresh Start Has Pumped New Life Into Senior Cornerback Stephon Morris

Ohio Coach Frank Solich Familiar with Nittany Lions

Video of Bill O’Brien’s Tuesday Press Conference

With Top Receivers Gone, Sophomore Allen Robinson Looks to Make an Impact

Bowl Trophies Must be Returned from Vacated Seasons

Five Positions Still Up for Grabs

Nittanyville Video Coverage


Slideshow photos by Dave Cole & Eric Weiss

About the Author

Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.


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