Penn State vs. Ohio State preview, Brock Bowers injury & possible collective bargaining for student athletes

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Join Dan Wetzel, Ross Dellenger, and SI’s Pat Forde as they delve into the intriguing showdown between Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Penn State, along with other exciting college football updates.

Both Ryan Day and James Franklin crave a victory this weekend to keep their playoff aspirations alive. However, the question remains: which coach needs it more? James Franklin has yet to secure a significant win at Penn State, and beating Ohio State this year might just give him the breakthrough he’s been looking for. Ryan Day, on the other hand, faces mounting pressure after consecutive losses to Michigan. A defeat against Penn State could leave him vulnerable to criticism from loyal Buckeye supporters.

This Saturday features a rematch of one of last season’s most thrilling games between Tennessee and Alabama. With both teams ill-equipped for another high-scoring affair, the key to victory lies in the trenches. Alabama bears the burden of greater expectations and does not want to lose two games in a row to the Volunteers.

Unfortunately for Georgia, their star tight end Brock Bowers was injured in the recent game against Vanderbilt. Bowers is expected to undergo ankle surgery in the hopes of returning in time for the College Football Playoff.

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer suffered an injury of his own by breaking a bone in his foot while kicking something he shouldn’t have after a tight loss to Florida.

The spotlight shifts to Dabo Swinney, who has remarked on the immense expectations placed on the Clemson football team. Swinney dislikes the perception that teams are considered losers if they aren’t undefeated. He hopes that a less successful season can ease the weight of expectations on the Clemson bandwagon. Despite his past successes, Dabo’s biggest challenge seems to be his own previous achievements.

The 10th Congressional NIL hearing took place on Tuesday, and our hosts followed it closely. Ross was present and had the opportunity to report on the dramatic events. He also engaged in a conversation with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who believes that collective bargaining for student athletes may be just around the corner. The team debates the pros and cons of student athletes being considered employees and why this matter has reached the halls of Congress.

Wrapping up the podcast, they discuss the new record for the spiciest pepper in the world. A report details the creation process of ‘Pepper X’ and the potentially dangerous aftermath of consuming it.

1:00 – Big Ten showdown: Penn State vs. Ohio State
20:54 – Rematch: Tennessee vs. Alabama
27:20 – Brock Bowers sidelined for 4-6 weeks due to ankle surgery
32:32 – Shane Beamer’s broken foot
34:25 – Dabo Swinney addresses lofty expectations for Clemson football
37:40 – The 10th Congressional NIL hearing in Washington, DC
1:05:40 – New record for the hottest pepper

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Penn State’s James Franklin on the sidelines vs Delaware (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) ((Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images))


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