The Fox Big Noon crew of Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt is in Columbus for the matchup between No. 7 Penn State and No. 3 Ohio State, but some Nittany Lions fans are starting to feel like they’re listening to the Ohio State local broadcast.
Maybe the nicest thing Johnson has said about Penn State was when he invoked the name of Tom Brady, talking about Drew Allar and the Nittany Lion offense. Except, he wasn’t making a straight comparison, or heaping praise on Allar. Rather throwing some shade at the future Hall of Famer for dinking and dunking like the Penn State offense always seems to. Allar is averaging just 6.9 yards per pass attempt despite completing over 65% of his passes this year.
Fans have become particularly tired of Johnson’s nickname for his favorite player “Maserati Marv.”
Marvin Harrison Jr. is the key to the Ohio State offense, especially with Emeka Egbuka, the Buckeyes’ No. 2 wide receiver, and Treyveon Henderson, their starting running back, both out with injury. So far, Harrison Jr. has three catches for 28 yards, but the broadcast is well over three “Maserati Marv” mentions.
Penn State has started to do a better job keeping Harrison Jr. in check and double-teaming him was a big part of the Nittany Lions holding the Buckeyes to a field goal on their opening drive of the game. Even Ohio State fans are tired of the nickname, or at least by how much Johnson forces it on Harrison Jr.
You can expect a lot more targets going Harrison Jr.’s way today, even with Kalen King shadowing him. Harrison Jr. did not catch a pass on Ohio State’s second drive of the gam, which resulted in a punt. Manny Diaz and the Penn State offense will try to put a parking boot on “Maserati Marv” and Penn State fans might considering putting this game on mute.
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