Penn State is 2-0 and ranked for the first time this season after dominating the Ohio Bobcats and showing off the depth James Franklin spent much of this past offseason touting. Now the focus shifts to another stiff road test as the Nittany Lions travel to SEC country to take on the Auburn Tigers.
With Brandon Noble again occupied with his NFL broadcasting duties, Keith “Goon” Conlin again joins Mailman, Kevin, and Chris, but he’s not the only Penn State Letterman on-set this week – Linebacker U. legend Michael Mauti joins for the entire show. The guys share their reactions to State’s convincing win over Ohio, and look ahead to Saturday’s trip to Auburn. In segments featuring highlights and exclusive content from the Blue & White Players Show, Goon, Chris, and Aeneas are joined by sophomore center Nick Dawkins and sophomore linebacker Tyler Elsdon. As always, we have worthless score predictions and Mike’s Trends 2 Treasure picks for next weekend.
This week’s Letterman Legacy segment focuses on former Nittany Lions defensive tackle Devon Still (2008-11), who overcame early injuries to excel at Penn State and play in the NFL, but is probably best known for his daughter’s courageous battle against cancer. Two segments this week focus on the changing NIL landscape at PSU, with a message from the newly-launched We Are NIL collective and Mike Mauti discussing the Letteman-driven Lions Legacy Club, which he headlines alongside Chris Ganter and Ki-Jana Carter.
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Entering its seventh season, The Obligatory PSU Pregame Show is a TV “tailgate” full of the fun, camaraderie, and passion – from joy to heartbreak and back again – that make Penn State football the healthy obsession of students, alumni, and fans. For every loyal Nittany Lion who can’t be there in person, it’s the next best thing: A weekly dose of Happy Valley to kick off the football weekend. The show’s lovable cast of loyal Penn Staters features former Penn State and NFL defensive tackle Brandon Noble, beloved campus icon Mike the Mailman, former Onward State managing editor Kevin Horne, and six-time Sam’s Club member Chris Buchignani.
Filmed from Champs Downtown, one of the most iconic college bars and recognizable locations in Happy Valley, each weekly episode features not just lively commentary on the games, but also lifestyle features, town and campus interest stories, interviews with former Penn State players, and some sports wagering tips from Mike the Mailman. Our show thrives because it is different. It is engaging because it allows viewers to enjoy a spontaneous, frivolous, and contagious peek into a world that feels an awful lot like four guys simply enjoying themselves while talking college football. The on-field exploits of the Nittany Lions are the focus, but the chemistry between the show’s hosts and the raw honesty stemming from their genuine love of school, team, and place are what distinguish Obligatory from the usual cookie cutter fare.