Stacking them up: PSU vs. Ohio

So, who has the better quarterback? And whose secondary is the best?

NittanyNation compared every unit and has all those questions answered:


Ohio key: Tyler Tettleton. He's a dual-threat quarterback who leads an up-tempo offense somewhat similar to Houston. Tettleton has appeared on the O'Brien Award and Manning Award watch lists, and he'd be a great quarterback even if he played in the Big Ten.

PSU key: Matt McGloin. He's finally at the helm and has two accomplished QB coaches -- Bill O'Brien and Charlie Fisher -- helping him along. He struggled last year but has improved over the offseason.

Advantage goes to ... Ohio. McGloin might be improved, but Tettleton's a proven quarterback who can do it all. He poses a much bigger threat to Penn State's defense.

Running back

Ohio key: Beau Blankenship. The Bobcats took a running-back-by-committee approach last season, as four players finished with more than 90 carries. Last year's bell-cow, Donte Harden, graduated and Blankenship takes over the helm. He lacks top-end speed but remains a balanced back.

PSU key: Bill Belton. He's a wideout-turned-tailback, so it's no surprise he has good hands out of the backfield. He's no Silas Redd, but he's a shifty runner who can do it all for Penn State.

Advantage goes to ... Penn State. Ohio has no runners who can compare to Curtis Dukes (then again, most teams don't), and Belton can threaten a defense multiple ways. Experience is lacking with both teams, but this matchup isn't even close.

Wide receivers/tight ends

Ohio key: Donte Foster. Yes, tight end Jordan Thompson was named to Third-Team All-MAC, but Foster will see more targets Saturday. He was the No. 3 wideout last season, but he's no joke. He has great hands and will step right up as one of the Bobcats' biggest offensive weapons.

PSU key: Allen Robinson. He's the best route-runner, so he'll be leaned on for his consistency. Alex Kenny and Evan Lewis are both deep threats, but Robinson can handle the short- and intermediate-routes just as well. He's earned a lot of praise this offseason, and he's a fairly balanced wideout who skews a little more toward possession guy.

Advantage goes to ... Penn State by a slim margin. Foster is very talented, but covering Ohio's other two starters won't be the most difficult task the Lions' secondary sees this season. For Penn State, the receivers are short on experience but have enough speed and ability to bump them ahead of Ohio's receiving corps.