Penn State fans make noise at College GameDay

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — ESPN’s College GameDay traveled to the site of a Penn State game for the second straight week. This time, it was for a top-10 matchup at Ohio State.

The scene behind the stage, which included a clear view of the “Shoe,” was a sea of red with a splash of blue and white. Once the snow, which was not in the weather forecast, eventually stopped around 11 a.m., more fans rolled up to the set.

When it came time for predictions at the end of the pregame show, which airs from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, David Pollock picked first before the last commercial break.

“If everything’s equal, I’m taking the best player on the field, which is Saquon Barkley,” Pollock said, followed by a round of boo’s from the crowd.

The GameDay crew, with the addition of guest-picker and Ohio State alumnus Jack Nicklaus, picked the No. 6 Buckeyes to win at home against the No. 2 Nittany Lions.

While Penn State’s crowd last week was made up of mostly students, the group in Columbus, Ohio showcased fans of all ages, from young kids to alumni.

James Notor, a Penn State junior known as the “Sour Patch Guy,” made an appearance at the set with a bag of his signature snack, Sour Patch Kids.

The Nittanyville member is known for sitting in the front row of Beaver Stadium and throwing Sour Patch Kids to players on the field during warm-ups.

Except for a select few, the crowd was not nearly as rowdy as the one at Penn State’s Old Main lawn a week ago. But the GameDay staff thanked the crowd regardless before fans split to head to tailgates and their seats before the 3:30 p.m. kick off.

“You guys were phenomenal,” the GameDay staff said over the speakers while people were dispersing. “Look at that crowd.”