Hot takes here, get your hot takes! @RealPennLive has some doozies from the comments section today. Let's Adam Richman this and work our way up from mild to five-alarm habanero:
With the obvious punting problems why is Franklin not having Hackenberg punt?— PennLive Comments (@RealPennLive) October 18, 2015
Ok this is obviously a light-hearted dig, let's kick it up a notch.
Franklin couldn't hold Joe Paterno's jock strap!— PennLive Comments (@RealPennLive) October 18, 2015
Meh, everyone knows Joe wore Big Dog boxers when he was still on the sideline. Gotta be able to breathe in those khakis. Next!
The turning point in this game happened when Bill OBrian left.— PennLive Comments (@RealPennLive) October 18, 2015
Ooh, spelling errors and displaced memories of a 63-14 beatdown! Now we're cooking. What else ya got?
someone get me some milk and a wet wipe, I don't wanna get any takes in my eyes
Franklin will set the program back more than Sandusky did— PennLive Comments (@RealPennLive) October 18, 2015
The internet (except for blackshoediaries.com) should be shut off in Pennsylvania the day after Penn State games.
PennLive's Greg Pickel revisits the keys to the game, and his colleague David Jones reminds everyone that Ohio State is just a flat-out better team and the better team usually wins in the end.
StateCollege.com's Ben Jones hands out his grades for Penn State, and they ain't great.
Onward State's Doug Leeson: Penn State can't hang with the no. 1 team, and that's fine.
Is it fair to pin this loss on Christian Hackenberg? It's not unreasonable, says Lions247's Jeff Rice.
#B1Grefs called a holding penalty against Ohio State in the 'Shoe for the first time since 2013 last night. Now I know what you're thinking, but if this were some Jim Delany-backed conspiracy against Penn State, wouldn't that streak have continued?
Not Penn State-related, but Deadspin has the local radio calls from the final play of Michigan State-Michigan and the Michigan broadcast is simply delicious.
Saquon Barkley Appreciation Zone
The true freshman erupted for 196 yards on primetime TV and as OS's David Abruzzese writes, we have to cherish his talents.
Sports on Earth's Matt Brown echoed that sentment in his postgame column:
The Penn State offense has been tough to watch, but Barkley gives the Nittany Lions a much-needed spark. It's worth wondering what Barkley would do behind a better offensive line, because so far he's averaging 8.3 yards per carry despite the team's O-line problems, coming up just shy of 200 yards in both Big Ten games he's played. Penn State's offense has a ton of problems, but Barkley is already one of the most dynamic runners in the nation.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman also took notice:
Really impressed with #PennState RB Saquon Barkley.. running all over a talented Buckeye D tonight. Almost 200 yds already.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 18, 2015
Hope you're ready, Maryland.