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BWI Daily: Penn State Can‘t Win Ugly. Why?

BWI Daily: Penn State Can‘t Win Ugly. Why?

October 25, 2021

Penn State football lost 20-18 to Illinois on Saturday in a heartbreaking game for Nittany Lions football fans.

Thomas Frank Carr, the host of the BWI Daily Edition, gives you some of his observations of Penn State's game plan and execution throughout the loss.

He starts on the offensive side of the ball and looks at the team's apparent game plan of running the football early and often. Did they accomplish that? Why can't the Nittany Lions get movement on the ground? T-Frank takes a look at the players upfront and their performance in certain schemes versus others. He also offers some suggestions about changes up front that might help.

Next, he takes a look at the defensive side of the ball and how the Nittany Lions are constructed upfront. The way Penn State has lost players on the defensive line, along with a lack of depth in some key areas, highlighted the team's inability to play in close, ugly games that rely on the ground game by both teams.

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BWI Live: Penn State vs Illinois Recap

BWI Live: Penn State vs Illinois Recap

October 25, 2021

Host Thomas Frank Carr is joined by Blue White Illustrated analysts Nate Bauer and Dave Eckert to break down Penn State's 20-18 loss to the Illini on Homecoming. 

 

They discuss the defense, offense and then give their opinion of what this game should tell fans about the program's chances moving forward through a brutal end to the season. 

 

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BWI Live: Listless Penn State Team Beaten By Illinois 20-18 in Longest Game Ever

BWI Live: Listless Penn State Team Beaten By Illinois 20-18 in Longest Game Ever

October 23, 2021

The Penn State Football team saw their seasons come crashing down around them on homecoming Saturday with a 20-18 loss to Illinois is game that featured nearly 400 yards rushing by the Illini. 

 

Host of the BWI Live Post Game Show Thomas Frank Carr breaks the game down from both side of the ball and explains why the Nittany Lions could not stop the run, why they couldn't run and why they couldn't throw the football. 

 

 

BWI Daily: FutureCast for PSU Prospects, Best Bets with Ryan Snyder

BWI Daily: FutureCast for PSU Prospects, Best Bets with Ryan Snyder

October 22, 2021

The Penn State football coaching staff is busy preparing for Illinois, but we start with some recruiting talk on today's episode of the BWI Daily Edition.

Rivals recruiting insider Ryan Snyder has placed a FutureCast for a player in the Class of 2023 that will be attending the game this weekend, Joey Schlaffer. Ryan explains why, and host of the Daily Edition and film analyst for Blue White Illustrated, Thomas Frank Carr, also gives his thoughts about what he's seen on film from the junior tight end from Reading.   

Penn State will host other prospects to know for Saturday's Noon kick. Three-star offensive lineman Joshua Miller will be in attendance and is a player that is being pursued by a number of top schools in the country. Why is he a three-star? Is he a top prospect for Penn State in the next cycle? Ryan tells you what he knows about the recruitment to date. 

From there, Ryan and T-Frank move on to the rumors about James Franklin possibly leaving Penn State, which continue to swirl with several top jobs open across the nation. Ryan gives his thoughts on the situation, his opinion on whether Franklin will leave, and whether or not it is impacting recruiting.  Ryan also gives an update on some rumors and news about prospects that have shown interest in going elsewhere since committing to Penn State. 

After that discussion, T-Frank asks about the opposite, as several highly ranked players have de-committed from other top programs. How much space is left, and are there any players with mutual interest?

Finally, they wrap up with Ryan Snyder's Best Bets of the Week. Ryan is coming off of a 4-3 week, is 19-19 on the year, and is trending in the right direction. Here are this week's games:  

 LSU AT OLE MISS (-7) 

 OKLAHOMA STATE AT IOWA STATE (-7) 

 OKLAHOMA (-38.5) AT KANSAS 

 CLEMSON AT PITT (-3) 

 WAKE FOREST (-3) AT ARMY 

 ILLINOIS AT PENN STATE (-23.5)

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BWI Daily: Sean Clifford and QB update after Wednesday practice

BWI Daily: Sean Clifford and QB update after Wednesday practice

October 21, 2021

Some of the mysteries around starting quarterback Sean Clifford were cleared up on Wednesday when the media was able to see Clifford take part in, and throw at practice. Host Thomas Frank Carr and Senior Editor Nate Bauer were both at media availability this week to take in the sights and sounds and give you a report on what they saw in this edition of the BWI Daily. 

 

They start with their impressions of what they saw from Clifford and what his presence means not only for the game this weekend potentially, but also going forward. They also dive into what James Franklin said after practice in relation to his quarterback and how he's handling the situation where all three players - Clifford, Ta'Quan Roberson, and Christian Veilleux, are all receiving first team reps this week. 

 

Next, they dive into the upcoming game and how the offense and defense will need to operate to win. Nate also gives his prediction on what sort of entertainment value there will be in Penn State and Illinois. 

 

They discuss the running back situation and what Nate saw, and didn't see at practice on Wednesday and what that means for the game and the season moving forward. They discuss how it may not be the worst thing to have fewer tailbacks available after the bye and some presumed health improvements for Noah Cain. 

 

PJ Mustipher's situation going forward is of great interest to the team and to Nate so he and T-Frank discuss the paths forward for the senior defensive tackle and the possibility of him returning for a fifth year at Penn State. T-Frank gives his assessment of where Mustipher might stand as a draft prospect and what coming back might do, good and bad, for his future. 

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BWI Daily: Scouting Illinois with Scott Richey of The Gazette

BWI Daily: Scouting Illinois with Scott Richey of The Gazette

October 20, 2021

Penn State hosts Illinois for their annual homecoming game on Saturday under new Head Coach Bret Bielema. What are the Illini shaping into under the former Wisconsin coach? Scott Richey, who covers Illinois football for The News Gazette joins host Thomas Frank Carr to discuss Bielema, the team and how things have gone so far this season. 

 

They start with Bielema's comments this week where he seemingly threw several parts of his team under the bus and Scott's interpretation of what the first-year head coach was trying to say. Then they get into what it's been like for Illinois fans and how they're reacting to their new head coach after several very unsuccessful seasons under previous Head Coach Lovie Smith. T-Frank also asks for Scott's impressions of Bielema so far. 

 

After that they get into the roster as it stands and start that quarterback position, which has been a revolving door with the constant injuries to Brandon Peters. Richey gives an update on who might start on Saturday as well as his prediction on how Peters will fare this week based on what Bielema said earlier. 

 

Then they discuss the offensive line and their abilities, and inabilities as players on the field. Richey gets into the strength of the Illinois offense and then says why the weakness of the offensive line is potentially more detrimental than what it does well. 

The receivers are next and Richey paints an even bleaker picture for their capabilities through seven weeks of the season. Finally they end on a positive note for the Illini, focusing on the running backs, which have been the most productive part of the offense. 

After that T-Frank brings up Bielema's comments from earlier this week and pushes back on what the head coach had to say about his defensive line. They get into the scheme they run, the players they're using and the adjustments they've made this year. 

 

Injuries have also been a big part of the situation so far and Richey gives an update on one key player at linebacker that won't play this weekend, and may not play the rest of the year based on some comments this week. 

 

Lastly, they get into the secondary and how they've tweaked some schemes and players in order to play differently after a disastrous start to the season. 

BWI Daily: Second Half Predictions with Dave Eckert

BWI Daily: Second Half Predictions with Dave Eckert

October 19, 2021

The Penn State Football Team is about to begin the second half of the season this weekend when they host Illinois at Beaver Stadium. To get ready for the stretch run, Host of the BWI Daily Edition Thomas Frank Carr brings on writer at Blue White Illustrated Dave Eckert to take a look at the final six games and give some predictions. 

 

They begin with some True or False questions that T-Frank wants to know Dave's answers to. The questions include:

- Penn State’s defense will be able to overcome the loss of PJ Mustihper.

- Jesse Luketa will have an equal number of pressures to Arnold Ebiketie.

- The Penn State defensive starters will shut out at least one more opponent. 

- Penn State’s rushing attack will have a statistically better output going forward.

- Sean Clifford will play the majority of the snaps in the next six games.

- Jahan Dotson will go over 100 yards receiving in more than three games to end the season.   

- Penn State will match their 5-1 record to start the season in the second half.

 

Next they take a more open-ended look at the last stanza and discuss Penn State's chances of getting near or being in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. That question ultimately leads to the discussion of Penn State vs Ohio State and the Nittany Lions chances in that game. 

 

Finally they look at the key factors to success that they haven't discussed, take a stab at evolving the Penn State offense after the bye week and then give a quick preview of the game this weekend against Illinois. 

 

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Recruiting Podcast: Projecting Penn State‘s 2023 recruiting class

Recruiting Podcast: Projecting Penn State‘s 2023 recruiting class

October 19, 2021

After a week off, Ryan Snyder and Greg Pickel return for another Penn State Nittany Lions football recruiting podcast.

Following a few quiet weeks on the recruiting trail, the pair open the show by discussing what Penn State's Class of 2023 could look like in a year from now, based on what the landscape currently looks like.

In addition to discussing who the pair believes are the staff's top targets at each position, the pair also highlight who's most realistic as of October 2021, and how that could impact what the class will look like when it's all said and done.

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BWI Daily: Five Players That Need To Step Up (In Second Half Of Season)

BWI Daily: Five Players That Need To Step Up (In Second Half Of Season)

October 18, 2021

Fresh off the bye week the Penn State Nittany Lions Football Team faces Illinois for a homecoming game at Beaver Stadium to start the stretch run of the 2021 season. Host of the BWI Daily Edition Thomas Frank Carr gives you five players he thinks need to step up and play well in the meat of the Big 10 East schedule in order for Penn State to have a chance at finishing the season the way they started it. 

 

His list includes 

 

5. Coziah Izzard

4. Brandon Smith

3. Brenton Strange

2. A running back

1. One particular receiver you might not expect. 

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BWI Daily: Bye Week Recruiting Trips and Ryan Snyder‘s Best Bets

BWI Daily: Bye Week Recruiting Trips and Ryan Snyder‘s Best Bets

October 15, 2021

The BWI Daily Edition wraps up on Friday as it always does with Rivals recruiting insider Ryan Snyder. 

This week he tells host Thomas Frank Carr where the Penn State coaching staff will be recruiting during their bye week from Big 10 competition. It's an expansive list that Ryan includes mentioning most of the commits in the Class of 2022 as well as priority players in 2023 through 2025. 

Ryan himself will be on the road Friday heading to the Philadelphia area to see Pennridge linebacker Phil Picciotti. 

They also discuss the update that Rivals National Reporter Adam Friedman did on St. Francis Academy linebacker Jaishawn Barham that is available at bwi.rivals.com. It includes an update on what Barham's parents thought about the trip to the White Out game against Auburn, as well as what impressed them about their school. 

Finally, Ryan and T-Frank get into the final segment of the week, Ryan Snyder's Best Bets. This week's lineup includes: 

-Oklahoma State at Texas (-4)

-Purdue at Iowa (-11)

-Arizona State (-1) at Utah 

-Army At Wisconsin (-14)

-Clemson (-14) at Syracuse

-Ole Miss (-3) at Tennessee

-UAB (-15) at Southern Miss 

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