Who Is . . . Penn State?

Ahh Saturday's picture
October 26, 2012 at 3:10p

Who is Penn State?  Well, if you have been spending any time following sports media you would know they are the hottest team in CFB.  If you read through any PSU message board, they are the New England Patriots with a better defense, and of course better uniforms.  Bill O'Brien does it the right way Bellicheck!  But where is this hype coming from?  Certainly not the first two games of the season where the Nittany Lions lost first to a decent Bobcat team, and next to an awful Virginia team.  Of course, the Nitts say they should have won that game.  They blame it on the kicker.  Considering that Virginia has lost six straight since their win over PSU --including a blow out loss to Duke-- I agree, they should have won that game.  But they didn't.  However, we've been asked to look past these early season losses.  The team was getting used to the new staff.  They were overly emotional in the home opener (I think I read that one on ESPN). 

Okay, let's accept the excuses for the two losses.  The team is better now and should not be judged by things that happened nearly two months ago.  Let's buy-in to the idea that they are a good team because they've won five whole games in a row (winning eight in a row apparently does not make a team hot).  Who are these five teams that fell victim to the now fierce Nittany Lion?  Well, they are not offensive juggernauts.  The best offense PSU has faced in the 53rd ranked (ppg) NW Wildcats, a team that managed to put up 28 against PSU before an epic 4th quarter collapse.  Of the other teams that the staunch PSU defense has stopped Temple is the highest ranked at 88 followed by Navy (99), Iowa (103), and Illinois (114).  In fairness to the Nitts, the defenses of those same teams seem to rank a little higher, Iowa being the highest ranked in ppg at 28.  In fact all of them with the exception of Temple rank above the Buckeyes.  Still, I don't think I'd swap our defense for the Illini defense even this season.

The point is PSU has gotten fat off of a party pack of college football's sweetest cupcakes.  Tomorrow in Happy Valley, PSU will not be lining up against Navy or Temple.  In fact, the team across the field from them might even be regarded as stronger than the mighty Wildcats of Northwestern.  PSU will be playing against the best team they have faced all season, and by the end of Saturday's game --but not before-- we might be able to answer the question of who is Penn State. 

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Who Is . . . Penn State?

B1G Champs 
A Mediocre Football team at best

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

A team who has exceeded expectations somewhat but only at the expense of other teams who are equally as bad or worse. 
Not that tomorrow won't be a tough game.  It will.  But it will be probably because of the inconsistent play that our Buckeyes tend to exhibit in pretty much every game.  If this team finally puts everything all together, and plays consistent, OSU wins by at least 20.  If not, we'll be in a dogfight.

Class of 2010.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Aannndddd the answer is.....who cares?

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Brutus Forever's picture

i hope the buckeyes come out clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the ball, and hopefully they get up big and never look back (we all know urban won't let off the gas pedal like JT often did).
Then saturday evening there will inevitably be PSU trolls will be complaining about how OSU ran up the score on them.
And in response I will say: welcome to the UFM era.

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

Brutus Forever's picture

edit: remove second 'will be'..my bad

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

Alhan's picture

Preach it brother Ahh!

I agree with your assessment of their strength of schedule to date. My only concern is that ours doesn't look much better due to the down year the B1G is having.

That said, I still believe we come away with a convincing win tomorrow! And when we do, all of the talking heads that are in love with PSU right now will completely forget them.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

bigbadbuck's picture

Lets try "overrated"

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

rkylet83's picture

Pick Six University