UNIVERSITY PARK -- A capsule look at Joe Paterno's weekly press conference.
Opponent: No. 8 Ohio State (8-1, 4-1)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., Ohio Stadium
Last time vs. Penn State: Nittany Lions lost at home last season, 24-7
Line: Ohio State is favored by 17
Unusual day: Paterno occasionally can't hear a question and needs it repeated. Tuesday's press conference was different. He needed many questions repeated and appeared to get confused several times. He called quarterback Rob Bolden "Blocker" on two occasions. Several times he was asked a question and answered something completely different. For example, he was asked about screen passes but responded with an analysis of the entire season. He was asked about playing against running quarterbacks like Terrelle Pryor and thought the question was about his own offense, so he discussed that. This happened much more than normal Tuesday.
Praise for Buckeyes: Paterno rarely talks about how big a game is, but he did Tuesday. "It's a big game for us, no question about that," he said. He praised Ohio State during his press conference, then said this during his Big Ten coaches teleconference: "We're not in Ohio State's league right now, not this year."
Leadership issue: Paterno mentioned how the team has developed more leadership during its three-game winning streak. "I thought last week it was a good experience for them," he said of the Northwestern game. "They realize that you can get behind and you can stick together ... and a lot of good things can happen."
QB connections: Pat Devlin left because he didn't want to sit behind Daryll Clark. Paterno was asked if he's worried about losing Kevin Newsome or Paul Jones if they're behind Matt McGloin and Bolden. He didn't discuss Jones but said, "I think Kevin is a little bit behind them, and Kevin's biggest problem is a mental one. He's got a lot of physical ability. But he hasn't quite kept up with the other two kids in some of the decisions that have to be made and things of that sort. ... I think eventually that this is going to turn out to be a very good problem for us in the sense that I think we'll be in pretty good shape at quarterback."
Praise for Fortt: Paterno thinks freshman linebacker Khairi Fortt has "got a chance to be really good. He's one of the better, if not the best, athletes we have at linebacker." Fortt has been battling a stinger and didn't practice much last week, so he didn't play against Northwestern. Paterno hopes to have him back this week.
-- Compiled by Cory Giger