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Ohio State names a starting QB, how does it impact Penn State?

Ohio State has picked a winner of their QB competition, but how will that impact Penn State this fall?

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Sep 17, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day talks to Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord (6) on the sideline during Saturday's NCAA Division I football game against the Toledo Rockets at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Barbara Perenic/Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio State football program was in the news yesterday after a long and drawn-out quarterback competition has seemingly come to an end as Kyle McCord has been named QB1 at Ohio State. The Penn State football team continues to await their announcement of the official starting quarterback for the 2023 season. But after this announcement was made, how does this impact Penn State’s plan of attack for their matchup with the Buckeyes in October?

Ohio State announces week 1 starting quarterback

Yesterday afternoon, head coach Ryan Day officially announced Kyle McCord as the Buckeyes’ starter for their opener this week against the Indiana Hoosiers. This announcement caps off what has been a back-and-forth competition. Up until the announcement, McCord and teammate Devin Brown had an equal chance to win the job. Although it is McCord’s job, Brown will also get a chance to get under center on Saturday. At this time, the split of plays is unknown. The only other seemingly ongoing quarterback competition around the country is at Alabama. James Franklin also has yet to announce a starter. The national consensus seems to be that Drew Allar will start for the Nittany Lions. For now, Franklin is holding his cards close to his chest.

During his afternoon media availability yesterday, Franklin mentioned that he believes the team can win with three of his quarterbacks. Certainly, some glaring praise came from the man in charge. Pivoting back to Columbus, fans might wonder what effect Kyle McCord starting for the Buckeyes might have on their clash with Penn State in October.

What Kyle McCord starting means for Penn State football

For folks wondering what today’s announcement from Ryan Day means for James Franklin‘s unit, it’s simple. Focus on going 1-0 every week. History tells us that whoever lines up under center for Ohio State usually has a shot to be pretty darn good. Ryan Day has coached three Heisman Trophy finalists at quarterback in the last four seasons. Combine this with arguably the best wide receiver corps in the country, and you have a very stout opponent. This should come as no surprise, as Ohio State is a top 5 team in the country on an almost annual basis.



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Mark is a proud graduate of Penn State's Class of 2019 and is a massive fan of Penn State athletics. Born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Mark is also a huge Pittsburgh sports fan and a self-proclaimed 'yinzer.' Mark is new to sports writing and cannot wait to connect with Nittany Nation in a way he never has before. Work has been featured on Bleacher Report, Yahoo, and Yardbarker.

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