Nittany Nation blog has new location

The Nittany Nation blog has moved to a new location.

Check out the new home of the Nittany Nation blog: http://www.ydr.com/blog/psu/

That’s where you’ll be able to find Frank Bodani’s weekly live chat and other Penn State news and notes from Frank.

Click here to see the new blog.

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PSU podcast: Can Lions avoid a letdown in final weeks?

York Daily Record reporters Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss why Penn State’s defining moments might happen in the final three games of the season, including two tough matchups against Michigan and Michigan State.

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PSU podcast: Lions proved they can pass, should top Illini

York Daily Record/Sunday News reporter Frank Bodani explains why a 31-30 victory against an unranked Maryland team should be a confidence booster for a banged-up Penn State team that proved it can win by throwing the ball.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Oct. 26

The Nittany Lions somehow held on to beat Maryland.

It was dramatic, nerve-wracking and ugly, by many standards. But what does it mean to this Penn State team moving forward?

Chris Godwin, the Lions' top receiver all season, continues to grow into one of the best big-play threats in the Big Ten.

Chris Godwin, the Lions’ top receiver all season, continues to grow into one of the best big-play threats in the Big Ten.

Let’s chat about that and much more tonight at 8.

We’ll delve into Christian Hackenberg and the passing game and talk about freshman phenom Saquon Barkley being grounded.

We’ll look ahead to what the Lions have in store next Saturday against Illinois.

Plus, you tell me what the most improved part of this team will be over the final four regular-season games?

To get warmed up, check out my column on “winning ugly,” and why it’s not such a bad thing for now.

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PSU podcast: Expect Lions to run all over Maryland

York Daily Record reporter Frank Bodani notes that Saquon Barkley rushed for 194 yards against the No. 1 team in the country last week, and Maryland is allowing an average of 197 yards rushing in a game this season. So expect Penn State to run all over Maryland a year after being shocked by the Terrapins in Beaver Stadium.

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Penn State Six Pack: The keys to upsetting Ohio State on the road

This Penn State defense led by coordinator Bob Shoop is finally healthy again.

Remember the last time Penn State played the Ohio State Buckeyes? Sure, the Nittany Lions pushed them to double overtime, sparked by Saeed Blacknall’s clutch, fourth-quarter touchdown catch. And that Penn State defense did bend and break, somewhat surprisingly, in the overtime periods.

Will Ohio State be the first team to slow down pass-rushing demon Crazy Carl Nassib (95)? He must continue his run of big plays Saturday night.

Will Ohio State be the first team to slow down pass-rushing demon Crazy Carl Nassib (95)? He must continue his run of big plays Saturday night.

But make no mistake. No defense since has pushed them like Penn State, not on their national title run last year or their 6-0 start this year.

What kind of mojo will Shoop have working on this trip to Columbus?

Certainly, Penn State needs continued improvement from its shaky offense to stay in this prime time test against the nation’s No. 1. But to stay close at the end … and have any shot at an upset … the Lions’ must receive two or three lightning bolts from its defense.

Defense is what led the Lions on their recovery after the opening shocker to Temple. It’s their best hope of accomplishing something much more this weekend.

Now, six key match-ups for Penn State against the Buckeyes:
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PSU podcast: Lions’ playmakers need to shine in Columbus

Reporters Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss what Penn State will need to do if it hopes to stay close with No. 1 Ohio State in an 8 p.m. kickoff from the Horseshoe. If Penn State has any chance to win the game, it will need its three biggest stars (Austin Johnson, Carl Nassib and Anthony Zettel) in the defensive front four to make game-changing plays.

Bodani also adds his take on Maryland firing Susquehannock grad Randy Edsall in the middle of the season.

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Big Ten Scouting Report: How does Maryland regroup before Penn State?

The Randy Edsall Era ended at Maryland just two weeks before a most critical re-match, against not only a personal rival but a long-standing measuring stick for the Terps.

Edsall, the York County native, never made it to Penn State Week.

How will Maryland's players handle the midseason firing of Randy Edsall? The first test is Penn State in less than two weeks.

How will Maryland’s players handle the midseason firing of Randy Edsall? The first test is Penn State in less than two weeks.

He was only 22-34 in parts of five seasons at Maryland and never won a bowl game before being fired Sunday. But beating Penn State by a point in Beaver Stadium last fall was a career highlight. It was perhaps his biggest victory at Maryland, to go along with that opening shootout over Al Golden and Miami and an upset of Virginia Tech.

Edsall, a Susquehannock grad, certainly improved the Terps’ academic standing and their recruiting — though that influx of talent didn’t arrive and mature in time to help nearly enough.

Now, the Terps will be led the rest of this season by offensive assistant and ace recruiter Mike Locksley, setting up a most interesting dynamic on Oct. 24 against the Lions in Baltimore. Penn State will be coming off a huge road game vs. No. 1 Ohio State. The Terps will be coming off a bye week and will be playing the first time under new leadership.

Who knows exactly what the Lions will see with a a new coach in charge, against a team with an extra week to prepare? Of course, who knows who will even play quarterback since Maryland has used three with only sketchy success.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Oct. 12

The Nittany Lions finally turned in a complete victory to move to 5-1.

How will this team now handle the road trip to No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday? Will Penn State’s offensive growth continue?

Penn State's defense continues to dominate, led by national sacks leader Carl Nassib (95) and cornerback Grant Haley (15).

Penn State’s defense continues to dominate, led by national sacks leader Carl Nassib (95) and cornerback Grant Haley (15).

Let’s chat about that and more tonight at 8.

The Lions’ vaunted defensed turned in a superb effort, helped by the return of safety Marcus Allen and linebacker Brandon Bell. There may not be a more disruptive 325-pound tackle around than Austin Johnson.

But most are still keying on that offense. The Lions won without star-to-be tailback Saquon Barkley and Akeel Lynch. Will either of them be back for the Buckeyes?

We’ll also hit on the rest of the Big Ten, including the recent firing of Maryland head coach Randy Edsall (York County native). What does that mean for the Lions’ game against the Terps in two weeks?

Meanwhile, check out my column today on where I think the Lions head the rest of the season.

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PSU podcast: Coaching not Penn State’s biggest issue

Penn State fans have been less than thrilled with the offense they’ve seen on the field against a soft non-conference schedule to open the season. Reporters Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss why James Franklin and his staff might not be to blame for the lackluster play in 2015.

Indiana travels to Beaver Stadium for a noon kickoff Saturday, and the outcome of the game could hinge on what key players return to the lineup healthy for Penn State and Indiana.

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