Penn State’s James Franklin reflects on ‘great’ versus ‘elite’ comment; an update on Ohio State star Jaxon Sm – PennLive

  • October 27, 2022

Penn State head coach James Franklin celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter on Oct. 22, 2022. Joe Hermitt | [email protected]THE PATRIOT-NEWS
Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature James Franklin’s look back at his now-infamous “elite” comment, plus an update on a key Ohio State playmaker in advance of Saturday’s showdown in State College.
Franklin was asked this week about the state of his program, framed around comments he made four years ago about being “great” where Ohio State is “elite,” writes Kevin McGuire for Nittany Lions Wire. Those words have haunted Franklin, but he did say in his most recent news conference that his program has taken some steps toward that goal but that “there’s still some areas that we need to get resolved.” Franklin’s Lions are 6-1 so far this season looking to rebound from a 7-6 record in 2021 and a 4-5 mark in 2020.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day spoke with reporters on Tuesday about the Buckeyes’ upcoming trip to Happy Valley, their recent blowout win over Iowa, along with the status of recovering wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, writes Bill Rabinowitz for the Columbus Dispatch. Smith-Njigba has been limited for much of the season so far, which included a briefer run against Iowa than he wanted because he was on a pitch count. Day said the decision to limit Smith-Njigba or let him loose against Penn State should come later in the week.
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Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup:
‘Fast and aggressive’ Penn State readies for Ohio State: Wogenrich [All Penn State]
Five years later, James Franklin admits Penn State is still not elite: McGuire [Nittany Lions Wire]
The Penn State player Ohio State football fans fear most remains a year away: Baird [Cleveland.com]
James Franklin discusses challenge of preparing for Ohio State, other Big Ten teams: staff [Blue-White Illustrated]
Penn State hopes momentum will help against No. 2 Ohio State: Scarcella [Reading Eagle]
What we learned from Ohio State football’s media availability Tuesday: Rabinowitz [Columbus Dispatch]
Ohio State vs. Penn State: Revisiting the recruiting ratings: Calvaruso [Lions247]
Here are the announcers for Ohio State football’s game vs. Penn State: Means [Cleveland.com]
Penn State’s ‘secret’ weapon vs. Ohio State: How do they not know this guy?: Bodani [York Daily Record]
Penn State Freshman Tracker: One Lion burns redshirt, another makes first start vs Minnesota: Donohue [Lions247]
Ohio State coach Ryan Day compares Penn State football to New England Patriots: Howe [247Sports]
Penn State football: Recreating C.J. Stroud in practice? Good luck with that: Jones [StateCollege.com]
The Other Border War: The colorful history of the Ohio State-Penn State rivalry: Helwagen [Bucknuts]
College football picks, predictions against the spread for Week 9 games: Parks [Sports Illustrated]
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Penn State’s James Franklin on his Big Ten player of the week, the Lions’ pass rush, more: Flounders [PennLive]
Penn State’s James Franklin: Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud is ‘leading the Heisman race for a reason’: McGonigal [PennLive]
Penn State-Minnesota review: Nick Singleton, Kaytron Allen and a re-emerging ground game: McGonigal [PennLive]
Top247 WR Tyseer Denmark recaps Penn State visit ahead of decision: Dohn [Lions247]
Recruiting intel coming out of Penn State’s White Out: Dohn [Lions247]
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