Is Dwayne Haskins Ready To Lead Ohio State To A Penn State White Out Victory?

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Is Dwayne Haskins Ready To Lead Ohio State To A Penn State White Out Victory?

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Is Dwayne Haskins Ready To Lead Ohio State To A Penn State White Out Victory?


Dwayne Haskins has been fantastic this year, but he’s yet to really face an extremely hostile environment like he’ll be dropped into Saturday night. Is he ready?


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Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has gone from a hopeful replacement for J.T. Barrett, to Heisman contender faster than Jim Harbaugh can put khakis on. To say that he has exceeded expectations would be the understatement of the year thus far.

But here’s the thing. So far at least, Haskins has taken his lunch pale and thermos to some rather friendly confines. Sure there was the game in Ann Arbor that he got dropped into with the injury to Barrett last year, but Michigan didn’t gameplan for him, and the Big House isn’t exactly known as a loud and chaotic environment.

Since then, there’s been three home games and a neutral site game eighteen miles from TCU’s campus that was more Scarlet and Gray than purple. That means the crowd noise was more cooperative than a hindrance brewed to distract the 6-3, 220 lb. sophomore.

It’s been like a warm glass of milk next to the fireplace on a cold night so far.

That’s not what’s coming down the pipe with bad intentions Saturday night. The white out crowd in Happy Valley in prime time will be lathered up, noisy, and jumping to Zombie Nation while the lion roar plays over and over and over on the PA system. Bottom line — it’s one of the most difficult environments to play in throughout this great college football country of ours, and Haskins might get a little sweaty under the collar.

Hang on Sloopy … and hang tight too because the ride’s going to be a white-knuckle affair.

So the question remains; is Haskins ready to step up into all the white out business and deliver a statement moment? Can he block out all the noise, go through his progressions and drop dimes into receivers’ laps like he’s done so far in 2018, but at the base of Mount Nittany this time?

That remains to be seen, but his ability to do so will largely dictate whether Ohio State’s dreams of another Big Ten championship and potential spot in another College Football Playoff lives or dies.

He acquitted himself well against a quick and hungry pass rush two weeks ago against TCU, but now he’ll have a motivated Penn State team with all the energy and bad intentions of said white out directed square at the target on his back.

So far Haskins has passed every test that’s been thrown his way with a calm and quiet confidence. Those have all been pop quizzes compared to what he’s studying for right now though.

Saturday in the crisp night air of Beaver Stadium is a final exam of all final exams.

 

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