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A daily weekday briefing of Penn State Football. All the top headlines and news about James Franklin's Nittany Lions in State College.

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    Talking Penn State distractions, physical O-line play, and the Lions' path to hanging with Ohio State

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 29:25

    PennLive's Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith recap the latest from Penn State's practice week and what it's going to take to go stride-for-stride with Ohio State. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State coach James Franklin pleads once again for more physical play in the trenches

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 6:42

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features Sean Clifford's push to "100 percent" health and James Franklin's latest challenge for his offensive linemen to be more physical. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's potential game-changers against favored Ohio State, Lions' players on the spot, are the Buckeyes ready for Jahan Dotson?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 30:45

    James Franklin's Penn State Nittany Lions find themselves in a tough spot Saturday night vs. Ohio State at the Horseshoe. But do the oddsmakers have it right, are the Buckeyes almost three touchdowns better than PSU? In this installment of the Blue-White Breakdown podcast, PennLive's Bob Flounders and Daniel Gallen examine the matchups and potential problems facing the Lions. After giving up 357 yards to Illinois, will PSU be ready for Ohio State star TreVeyon Henderson? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's James Franklin offers foggy answers to tough questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 6:53

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features Penn State coach James Franklin's thoughts on coaching rumors, plus a big midseason honor for one of the Lions' top defenders. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    James Franklin switches agents, Underdog Penn State preps for Ohio State with a healthier Sean Clifford

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 30:05

    PennLive's David Jones and Bob Flounders react to some of James Franklin's comments during his Tuesday news conference. Franklin confirms that he has changed agents. The speculation continues that Franklin may be a target for either USC or LSU, and Franklin said he expects veteran quarterback Sean Clifford to be 100 percent healthy for the Lions' date with Ohio State. All that and more in this installment of the Blue-White Breakdown podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on defense from No. 7 Penn State's 9-OT loss to Illinois

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 7:16

    Penn State and Illinois made college football history on Saturday with the first-ever 9-overtime game. The Lions came out of it on the wrong end of a 20-18 upset loss at the hands of the Fighting Illini. We'll take a look how the Penn State defense fared in the game on this episode of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on offense from No. 7 Penn State's 9-OT loss to Illinois

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 7:30

    Penn State and Illinois made college football history on Saturday with the first-ever 9-overtime game. The Lions came out of it on the wrong end of a 20-18 upset loss at the hands of the Fighting Illini. We'll take a look how the Penn State offense fared in the game on this episode of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Breaking down Penn State's murky QB situation and Drew Allar's rise up the recruiting ranks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 24:18

    PennLive's Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith talk all things Penn State quarterbacks with updates on Sean Clifford's health and the surprisingly close competition between Ta'Quan Roberson and Christian Veilleux. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State sifts through its quarterback options while PSU commit Drew Allar gets a 5th star

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 6:56

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features plenty of news and notes about quarterbacks, past and present, as the Lions gets set for a Saturday game against Illinois. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Is Illinois a threat to Penn State? How long will Ta'Quan Roberson play on Saturday? Game Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 33:21

    The latest edition of the Blue-White Breakdown podcast focuses on the challenge that underdog Illinois presents for Penn State Saturday at Beaver Stadium. PennLive's David Jones and Bob Flounders discuss the possible upset scenarios and also delve into PSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich's influence on the game plan vs. the Illini and the play-call sheet for quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State coach James Franklin updates the status of quarterback Sean Clifford, The Lions hope two weeks was enough time to heal for a banged-up roster

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 7:25

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features two names to know in the defensive tackle rotation, and an official start time for Penn State's showdown with Ohio State. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sean Clifford's status remains a mystery, and is Christian Veilleux gaining on Ta'Quan Roberson in the quarterback battle?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 27:06

    This installment of the Blue-White Breakdown podcast is all about the Penn State quarterbacks. Veteran Sean Clifford, who was injured in the Iowa loss, isn't taking any reps this week in practice. James Franklin said it will be an even split of reps between Ta'Quan Roberson and Christian Veilleux, the January enrollee. PennLive's Bob Flounders and David Jones examine who will likely be running Penn State's offense against Illinois Saturday at Beaver Stadium. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Introducing the Blue-White Breakdown, a Penn State football podcast from PennLive

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 0:31

    You love Penn State football, and at PennLive, we love bringing you the latest news, notes, commentary, and analysis about the Nittany Lions. It's why we're bringing you the Blue-White Breakdown podcast. Bob Flounders and Dave Jones deliver the best analysis on all things Penn State football, while Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith team up each Friday to talk the future of Nittany Lions football with a recruiting breakdown. Subscribe today to get an alert when each new episode is live, and visit pennlive.com/pennstatefootball for more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Iowa falls to Purdue; College GameDay addresses Penn State fake injury speculation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 7:18

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features quite a stumble for the Iowa team that beat Penn State and more analysis of the Hawkeyes' claims that the Lions faked injuries. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Talking Penn State-Iowa, booing and surprises from the 1st half of the Lions season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 28:26

    PennLive's Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith circle back to Penn State's 23-20 loss to Iowa, the fallout that followed, and what to expect from a tough stretch of games ahead. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State loses defensive tackle PJ Mustipher for the season; Allen Robinson has praise for Jahan Dotson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 7:24


    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features more from James Franklin on a season-ending injury to P.J. Mustipher, big praise from ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, and some wide receiver love shown between former Lion Allen Robinson and current standout Jahan Dotson. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Penn State tasked with rebounding from stinging road loss to Iowa

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 7:41

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features more on Penn State's task of bouncing back coming off a bye week and Kirk Ferentz's latest comments on Hawkeyes fans who booed Penn State injuries. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    One last look at the Penn State-Iowa craziness, plus thoughts on Sean Clifford and the Lions' daunting second half

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 34:12

    There is so much to get to in this installment of PennLive's Blue-White Breakdown podcast. Bob Flounders and David Jones share their thoughts on the Lions' 23-20 loss to Iowa at Kinnick Stadium, the impact of the crowd in Iowa City and Sean Clifford's injury. Flounders and Jones also examine Penn State's difficult second-half schedule that includes dates at Ohio State and Michigan State and a home game with Michigan. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on defense from No. 4 Penn State's 23-20 loss to No. 3 Iowa

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 7:10

    Penn State's defense held tough for 60 full minutes in the face of horrendous field position and a struggling offense, but that effort wasn't quite enough in a 23-20 road loss to No. 3 Iowa. We'll take a look at four storylines from the Lions defense on this edition of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on offense from No. 4 Penn State's 23-20 loss to No. 3 Iowa

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 6:44

    Penn State led 17-3 in the second quarter at Iowa, but saw starting quarterback Sean Clifford get hurt, and little else went right for the Lions offense the rest of the way. Iowa fans stormed the field as the Hawkeyes beat Penn State and improved to 6-0. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State-Iowa predictions, plus a look at the evolution of the Lions' tight ends

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 26:50

    PennLive's Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith make their picks for Saturday's showdown between No. 4 Penn State and No. 3 Iowa. They also take a look at what's next for the Lions' running game, the opportunity Sean Clifford has in front of a national audience, and the role the tight ends will play. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Looking into Penn State-Iowa matchups and the expectations for quarterback Sean Clifford

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 6:36

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features a look at the Penn State-Iowa matchup, plus some high praise for Jahan Dotson from Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State & Iowa players to watch, plus the Lions' not-so-secret weapon, & the Hawkeyes' defensive ace.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 30:35


    It's time to make some Penn State-Iowa game picks on this edition of the Blue-White Breakdown, and PennLive's David Jones and Bob Flounders are split on Saturday's winner at Kinnick Stadium. Plus, Jones is a big fan of Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell while Flounders discusses the importance of field position and wideout Parker Washington's value vs. the Hawkeyes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Penn State X-factors to watch and the makings of Iowa's turnover-happy defense

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 8:07

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features a look at key players for Saturday's matchup between No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Penn State, plus James Franklin's take on the "tremendous challenge" ahead. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's run-game "fixes", a heavyweight battle in the trenches for PSU-Iowa, Jahan Dotson's greatness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 34:02

    In this installment of the Blue-White Breakdown, PennLive's David Jones and Bob Flounders kick off Penn State-Iowa week with some observations on James Franklin's Tuesday press conference. Plus, David and Bob look at all the reasons why PSU wideout Jahan Dotson is a dominant performer. And two names to know in Saturday's game are Tyler Linderbaum and PJ Mustipher. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on offense from Penn State's 24-0 shutout victory over Indiana

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 7:15

    Penn State is 5-0 and rolls into a huge showdown weekend at Iowa with a shutout victory over Indiana on Saturday. The Lions offense found more success on the ground to knock off the Hoosiers, which offers hope for a more balanced attack moving forward. We'll take a look at the run game and plenty more on this edition of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Blue-White Breakdown: Four takeaways on offense from Penn State's 24-0 shutout victory over Indiana

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 6:48

    Penn State is 5-0 and rolls into a huge showdown weekend at Iowa with a shutout victory over Indiana on Saturday. The Lions offense found more success on the ground to knock off the Hoosiers, which offers hope for a more balanced attack moving forward. We'll take a look at the run game and plenty more on this edition of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State storylines to watch going into Saturday's matchup with Indiana

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 6:44

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features a look at what to watch for as No. 4 Penn State plays host to Indiana at Beaver Stadium. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Talking Penn State-Indiana, Hakeem Beamon and wide receiver recruiting

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 27:29

    PennLive's Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith catch up on the latest news from Penn State-Indiana week and look ahead to the wide receiver depth chart in 2022 and beyond. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's James Franklin says Hakeem Beamon is 'unavailable' for the rest of the '21 season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 6:29

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features the latest from coach James Franklin and patience that's starting to pay off for safety Keaton Ellis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Can Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. beat Penn State's defense? Impact players, game picks, Iowa-Maryland thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 34:01

    In this installment of the Blue-White Breakdown, PennLive's Bob Flounders and David Jones break down Penn State's chances against Indiana on Saturday night. Is IU quarterback Michael Penix Jr. the same guy who beat the Lions in Indiana? Plus, game picks and a look at Friday night's Maryland-Iowa game in College Park. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's James Franklin wants to see his team play with more of an 'edge'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 7:21

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features James Franklin's thoughts on Indiana and Villanova, plus P.J. Mustipher's thoughts on the Hoosiers being a "revenge game." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's run-game issues explored, praising the Lions' wideouts, Micah Parsons' incredible NFL start

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 31:46

    PennLive's Bob Flounders and David Jones dive into Penn State-Indiana week on the latest episode of the Blue-White Breakdown podcast. What's missing from the Lions' running game? Is this the best wideout group of the James Franklin era? Plus, Flounders and Jones discuss all of the skills that make former Penn State defender Micah Parsons so difficult to handle at the NFL level See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on defense from Penn State's 38-17 win over Villanova

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 7:22

    Penn State's defense swarmed again on Saturday, this time putting the clamps on a tough, experienced Villanova offense. The Lions led 38-3 in the fourth quarter before pulling all of their starters, which allowed Villanova to put a couple late touchdowns on the board. We'll take a look at Penn State's effort and its dynamic pass rush on this edition of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on offense from Penn State's 38-17 win over Villanova

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 6:44

    Penn State stayed unbeaten (4-0) with a 38-17 win over Villanova on Saturday. The Lions scored three touchdowns on plays that went at least 50 yards and once again showed flashes of dominance in the passing game. We'll look at the big-play attack and what could be next for the running game, on this edition of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The picks are in for Penn State's Saturday matchup against Villanova

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 6:58

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features Penn State-Villanova predictions and an honest and feisty version of James Franklin. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Talking Penn State goals against Villanova and the vaunted 2018 recruiting class

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 29:57

    PennLive's Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith take a look at No. 6 Penn State and the latest topics leading up to Saturday's game against Villanova. They also look back at Micah Parsons, Odafe Oweh, a 2018 recruiting class that is now loaded with NFL talent. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's road to victory over Villanova is paved in solid play

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 6:31

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features Penn State's to-do list against Villanova and a big award for former Nittany Lion Odafe Oweh in just the second game of his Baltimore Ravens career. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Previewing Penn State-Villanova, plus the lineup tweaks that are paying huge dividends for the Lions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 27:59

    PennLive's Bob Flounders and David Jones make their Penn State-Villanova predictions and look at a handful of PSU personnel decisions that have helped pave the way for the Lions' 3-0 start See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State coach James Franklin sounds off on officials, Villanova and his quarterback

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 6:50

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features Penn State coach James Franklin's thoughts on Sean Clifford, Saturday's game against Villanova and the officiating from an SEC crew against Auburn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A fantastic Penn State-Auburn game revisited, praising the Lions' defense, and James Franklin vents

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 29:49

    PennLive's Bob Flounders and David Jones detail some terrific individual efforts from Penn State against Auburn and weigh in on James Franklin's Tuesday thoughts on some plays and calls that did not go the Lions' way last Saturday night at Beaver Stadium. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on defense from Penn State's 44-13 win over Ball State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 7:12

    Penn State took care of business against Auburn on Saturday night, which included a stout effort against the Tigers run game. The Lions defense held its own on the ground and pressured quarterback Bo Nix into mistakes and inaccurate throws. Here's a look at four takeaways from a defense that exits Week 3 ranked No. 10 nationally in the red zone. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on offense from Penn State's 28-20 win over No. 22 Auburn

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 7:06

    ´╗┐Penn State rose to the occasion to beat Auburn on Saturday night, in front of a Whiteout crowd at Beaver Stadium. The Lions offense went 4-for-4 in the red zone and worked through some early officiating to finish off a 28-20 victory. Here's a look at four big talking points from Sean Clifford and the Penn State offense. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Breaking down Penn State-Auburn and the recruiting impact of a Whiteout crowd

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 26:12

    Daniel Gallen and Dustin Hockensmith look ahead to Penn State's Saturday night showdown with Auburn and how a Whiteout crowd could influence the outcome. The Lions will also be hosting a huge number of prospects who get a chance to see one of college football's most electric scenes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Numbers back up Penn State QB Sean Clifford's rise in efficiency

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 7:11

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features progress from Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford and a matchup breakdown for PSU-Auburn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State-Auburn preview and predictions for Whiteout game

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 29:45

    Bob Flounders & David Jones preview & give their predictions for Saturday night's Whiteout Game against Auburn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's James Franklin forced to answer more USC questions, plus storylines to follow for Auburn week

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 7:29

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features more on Saturday's Whiteout game against Auburn and James Franklin's name popping up yet again in the rumor mill for the USC job. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Blue/White Breakdown: Penn State prepares for Auburn

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 32:54

    PennLive's Bob Flounders and David Jones talk about Penn State's upcoming game against Auburn at Beaver Stadium this Saturday. They also touch on the recent USC coaching opening in L.A., Auburn's new coaching staff and chances this weekend, and even mention Eastern Michigan and Toledo. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on defense from Penn State's 44-13 win over Ball State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 6:51

    Penn State's defense made life difficult on Ball State in all kinds of ways in its 2021 home opener. We'll take a look at four big takeaways from the Lions defense on this edition of the Blue-White Breakdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Four takeaways on offense from Penn State's 44-13 win over Ball State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 6:47

    Penn State passed another big early-season test on Saturday with a 44-13 win over defending MAC champion Ball State. The Lions got the job done on offense and gained 493 total yards to Ball State's 295. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Penn State's John Scott Jr. explains what he finds 'super impressive,' and Jahan Dotson walks the walk

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 6:43

    Today's edition of the Blue-White Breakdown features high praise for impact Penn State defenders Jesse Luketa and Arnold Ebiketie and a look inside the mind of star receiver Jahan Dotson. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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