Penn State season-opening chat, 8 p.m., Aug. 31

Game Week is upon us.

Penn State will open up the season Saturday in Lincoln Financial Field. How ready will the Nittany Lions be against an experienced, underrated Temple team?

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

 Jordan Lucas is moving to safety as the Penn State secondary is primed for big things.

Jordan Lucas is moving to safety as the Penn State secondary is primed for big things.

Your keys to the game and a fast start to James Franklin’s second season? Certainly, I will give you mine. Plus, lets have your early vote on Penn State’s player of the game against the Owls.

Of course, the rest of the Big Ten is up for discussion, too.

To get warmed up, check out my column from today on Penn State’s secondary and what it will mean to the season.

Plus, how well do you know star defensive tackle Anthony Zettel? I mean, beyond the crazy videos of him tackling trees and roundhouse kicking water bottles? There is a lot more to him. Read about it here

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Aug. 24

With preseason camp wrapping up, where does Penn State stand before the opener on Labor Day weekend?

Where does senior tight end Kyle Carter (right) fit into Penn State's plans on offense this season? He will need to come up big if Adam Breneman is limited during his injury recovery.

Where does senior tight end Kyle Carter (right) fit into Penn State’s plans on offense this season? He will need to come up big if Adam Breneman is limited during his injury recovery.

Let’s chat about the details of the offense, defense and special teams heading into James Franklin’s second season with the Nittany Lions. We’ll hit on the rest of the Big Ten. And, of course, recruiting, too.

Join me tonight from 8 to 9.

Christian Hackenberg has more weapons at his disposal than many realize to help him with a huge bounce-back season. But how well the Lions be able to take advantage?

And I want your picks for the “breakout player” of the season on offense and defense and why …

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Aug. 17

Penn State preseason camp already is hitting the halfway point.

Akeel Lynch is primed to become Penn State's starting tailback. But can he hold off all of the younger talent behind him?

Akeel Lynch is primed to become Penn State’s starting tailback. But can he hold off all of the younger talent behind him?

So let’s chat about what’s been going on with James Franklin’s second team in State College and what’s yet to come before the Labor Day weekend opener at Temple.

Join me tonight from 8 to 9.

Who is the best tailback on the roster? And will that guy get the starting carries in September?

We’ll talk about that and a lot more, including the Nittany Lions’ most recent recruiting pickup in Philadelphia defensive lineman Karamo Dioubate.

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PSU podcast: Big Ten’s best players, Lions’ breakout players

Jim Seip and Frank Bodani talk about the best players in the Big Ten and name the Penn State players who might enjoy breakout seasons in 2015. Bodani, who has a habit of creating bad nicknames for everyone he covers/works with, also offers his first terrible nickname for this year’s Lions.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Aug. 10

It’s been a while, but we are back chatting Penn State football. Monday night at 8 like it always used to be.

We’ll be catching up but mostly looking forward. I will share some insights from last week’s media day and, of course, we’ll be talking about how James Franklin will be handling his second preseason camp with the Nittany Lions.

Why do you think Christian Hackenberg can lead the Lions to more than eight regular-season victories?

Why do you think Christian Hackenberg can lead the Lions to more than eight regular-season victories?

What will be the Lions’ strongest position this season? The weakest? The one with the most questions?

Recruiting also is on the table. We’ll delve into how Penn State figures to finish out its promising 2016 class. Who could commit before the season-opener at Temple in less than a month?

And most reporters seem to think Christian Hackenberg will lead the Lions to seven or eight victories in the regular season, good for third or fourth in the Big Ten. Why do you think the ceiling is higher?

To get warmed up, check out my latest column on Hackenberg right here

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PSU podcast: Lions nab linebacker recruits

The main topic is linebackers during this week’s podcast. Penn State should have some standout linebackers on the field this year, including Brandon Bell and Nyeem Wartman. But after picking up a pair of recruits earlier this month, Penn State might be closing in on another two linebacker recruits.

Listen to Frank Bodani and Jim Seip talk about the recruiting updates for Penn State.

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PSU podcast: Lions’ recruiting class a step up

Jim Seip and Frank Bodani discuss why the current Penn State recruiting class could earn national recognition if it continues to land recruits. Currently ranked as a top-four recruiting class in the Big Ten, Penn State still has several open slots available to add players — which means this could ultimately be one of the better classes for the program in recent memory.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., June 22

Penn State’s special teams certainly have been shaky ever since the NCAA sanctions hit.

Will Penn State's young wide receivers such as Chris Godwin explode on the scene this fall? Chat with me tonight at 8.

Will Penn State’s young wide receivers such as Chris Godwin explode on the scene this fall? Chat with me tonight at 8.

But now, James Franklin and the Nittany Lions have landed a scholarship punter, the first highest-priority verbal commitment at that position in several years.

What does it mean? What’s next on the recruiting scene for the Lions?

Chat with me tonight at 8 to talk about Georgia’s Blake Gilliken and much more. Where do you have the Lions stacking up in the tough Big Ten East and why. Will they start 6-0 this season?

Just more than two months until that the season-opener in Philadelphia …

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., June 15

It’s been a while since we chatted, which only means that Penn State football season is getting closer.

Less than two months until preseason camp begins?

James Franklin will need his tight ends, like Kyle Carter (right),  to be improved blockers this fall.

James Franklin will need his tight ends, like Kyle Carter (right), to be improved blockers this fall.

Let’s talk tonight at 8 and catch up and look ahead on the Nittany Lions as they prepare for their second season under James Franklin. What’s your take on recruiting and who they may add next? What’s your biggest concern for the season?

We’ll hit on all that and more, including the Big Ten and how tough things will be with Michigan State continuing to surge in recruiting and Michigan getting settled under James Harbaugh.

And, of course, we didn’t forget about a certain football machine in Columbus, Ohio, either.

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PSU podcast: Legend of Zettel continues

Just when you think Penn State’s cage-fighting defensive lineman couldn’t be more unique, Anthony Zettel posts a video of himself tackling a tree in the Michigan woods. We also discuss the latest recruiting news and the passing of a Penn State icon.

How @anthonyzettel trains in the off season

A video posted by @dudas_5 on

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