Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Buckeyes Star Bosa Will Not Play against Psu

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Buckeyes Star Bosa Will Not Play against Psu

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - More than 107,000 fans will be shoehorned into Beaver Stadium Saturday night.

It will only seem like there is roughly the same number of elite talents on the field and along the Penn State and Ohio State sidelines.

Both lineups are studded with big-time players; guys such as Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders lead the Nittany Lions contingent, while the likes of Dwayne Haskins and Dre'Mont Jones headline the Buckeyes' long list of exceptional players.

Fact is, a comprehensive rundown of such personnel for Ohio State would look a lot like its travel roster.

But the player who might have been the dominant presence on the field - and might well have had the most profound impact on how the game plays out - will not be in uniform.

And probably won't again until the regular season is winding down.

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, widely projected as an early first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, is recovering from surgery to repair a core muscle injury sustained during a 40-28 victory Sept. 15 against TCU in Arlington, Texas.

He reportedly will not resume playing until at least November.

Bosa, a 6-feet-4, 270-pound junior, put up 11 unassisted tackles and was in on three others during two-plus games before being injured. He had six tackles for loss, four sacks, recovered two fumbles and forced another.

Aside from that, the guy really didn't achieve much.

So even though Ohio State's roster is crammed with guys who were four- and five-star prospects when coming out of high school - sophomore Chase Young, penciled in to fill Bosa's spot for the second game in a row, is one of the latter - it's unrealistic to think that even a squad as deep and accomplished as the Buckeyes can absorb the loss of Bosa without breaking stride.

"He's one of the better college football players I've ever seen on tape," Penn State coach James Franklin said. …

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