FALL '23 Episode 10: More Like "Episode 10-2," Amirite?
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
7M ago
Penn State wrapped up another 10-2 regular season that was, yes, in some respects a failure - a failure to achieve the lofty goals that were set justifiably high at the season's outset - but also represents a rarified outcome among all Power 5 programs. The guys look back on the how the 2023 campaign ended and discuss the future for the Nittany Lions and all of college football as we head into Championship weekend. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 9: Big Blues
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
7M ago
What more can you say? We try to come up with something. The guys wrap up the Michigan win over Penn State that slammed on the door on the Nittany Lions' hopes for making the four-team playoff before the format is retired at the end of this season. Could fan favorite Joe Moorhead return to Happy Valley? Will Penn State be in the market for a new defensive coordinator as well? Can Rutger give the Lions a scare on Saturday. We're closing the book on the Wolverines (and 2023, really) and starting to look ahead. What else can you do? HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 8: [Connor Stalions Stole The Title]
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by Big Heads Media
7M ago
For the second time in four weeks, James Franklin and the Nittany Lions are facing one of the biggest games in recent program history. This time, they will play in the welcoming environs of Beaver Stadium and carry the hopes, not just of Nittany Nation, but the entire nation, with them. Can Penn State - America's Team for this one week - play the scrappy underdog hero to Michigan's 80's teen movie villain? Or will we add another entry to the list of disappointing losses against top competition? The guys know their answer and can't wait for the ridicule if they're wrong. HOSTED BY: Brandon Nobl ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 7: Indiana Escape
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
8M ago
Penn State narrowly escapes what would have been a devastating loss to a terrible Indiana Hoosiers team and instead travels to College Park to face nose-diving Maryland with a hint of momentum from Drew Allar's game-winning deep strike. Will this faint hope prove to be merely a mirage, or did Allar's first interception unlock something crucial in his development as a quarterback? The guys review the near-debacle versus Indiana and touch on the week's biggest college football stories - the first playoff rankings of the season and the ongoing drama around Michigan and Connor Stalions. HOSTED BY ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 6: Same S**t, Different Year
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
8M ago
Another meeting of top tens for the Nittany Lions. Another matchup with the Buckeyes. Another trip to the Horseshoe. And yet another predictably miserable result. For nine months, we built this team up as the one that was capable of breaking the cycle and finally putting Penn State into the four-team playoff field in its final year. When the moment of truth arrived, nothing was different. The guys continue working through their emotions in the wake of Penn State's devastating 20-12 loss at Ohio State and then look to the perilous path ahead. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, K ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 5: Ohio State Vibes, "There is no 'try'"
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
8M ago
A fair reading of James Franklin's decade-long tenure at Penn State is that the entire thing has led up to this Saturday's game in Columbus, a meeting of undefeated national powers pitting the #7 Nittany Lions against the #3 Buckeyes. Penn State's roster has never been deeper. The teams have never been more evenly matched. The stakes has never been higher, and victory could vault the program to levels of prestige and respect not seen in Happy Valley since before Franklin arrived on campus. Can the Lions pull it off? What happens if they don't? Or if they do? This is what it's all about. Join u ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 4: UMass Hysteria
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
8M ago
Penn State made the rounds of all the national college football news outlets this week and even managed to rile up the famously even-tempered denizens of Twitter, all without even playing a game on Saturday. With the #6 Nittany Lions coming off a Bye and UMass up next on Homecoming, the week's big news came from James Franklin's Tuesday press conference. The guys take advantage of the calm before the Ohio State storm to sound off on what everyone else is talking about: Franklin's exchange with Cory Giger over digging the long ball and his comments on scheduling that Michigan fans baselessly tw ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 3: Hello, Good Bye Week
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
9M ago
Your Penn State Nittany Lions roll into the Bye week 5-0 and ranked #6 in the nation, featuring a dominant defense and an offense that, despite averaging over 40 points per game, plays with maddening inconsistency. Kevin checks in with a report on the crypt-like silence of Ryan Field and the strong contingent of traveling Penn State fans, and all the guys weigh in on takeaways from another 30+ points and cover versus the Wildcats. From there, conversation ranges from the current state of college football to this infamous post-game exchange between JoePa and Doug Graber: https://youtu.be/0eV4No ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 2: We're Goin' Streaking
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
9M ago
One, on its own, is an isolated incident. Two in a row is the start of a streak. So this podcast is going streaking. The guys are back this week to revel in the misfortune of the Iowa Hawkeyes, heap praise on the White Out crowd, and look ahead to Penn State's trip to Evanston for a sleepy 11am local kickoff against the Northwestern Wildcats. Come for the schadenfreude; stay for the Utz potato chips. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani ..read more
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FALL '23 Episode 1: Like Riding a Bike
The Obligatory PSU Podcast
by Big Heads Media
9M ago
A few minor issues. A couple of miscues. Several handfuls of chocolate chips, and all the Utz chips you can eat for the next 32 years. The full cast reassembles to start playing themselves into game shape with #24 Iowa coming to Happy Valley to face off against #7 Penn State in the White Out. In this, the era of retreads, reboots, and canceled TV shows coming back for a second (or third) bite of the apple, who says Obligatory can't emerge from the shadows of total obscurity and reclaim its rightful station in relative obscurity? It's our first time back in the saddle after a long sabbatical, s ..read more
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