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Comment 22 Nov 2016

The line seemed VERY high to me too at first, but then I actually thought about it after what Carpenter & Rothman were preaching yesterday:

1. Penn State is at home, which will creep into a very loud night game for Sparty, and it's their Senior Day with TONS of emotion and plenty to play for. That element alone gives me pause.

2. Michigan State left it all on the field vs. Ohio State. They have virtually no passing game and Penn State's front will load it up. Sparty will either come out completely flat and drained—and get blown out early—or will keep it close for most of the game.

3. And, lastly, it doesn't really matter. If somehow OSU loses, it's moot. A win, like we all expect, and we're playoff bound anyways.

Comment 15 Nov 2016

Agree with so many of you above. If Penn State does win out (MSU will have something to say about that), they deserve to win based on the current rules and set-up now. That's it. Well done. Hats off to them. They did what they had to do on the field (they did beat us, after all)... in the conference games... to punch their ticket.

That said, I don't know that it has to have any impact at all on the playoff. To me, those are two very different things.

Comment 13 Nov 2016

They won't leave the B1G because of BTN and media money, but the B1G also couldn't afford to lose Penn State's far-reaching ratings and alumni presence either. Both sides need each other IMO.

That said, I do wonder if the ACC hasn't ever tried to reach out to them.

Comment 11 Nov 2016

Has anybody posed the question as to what would happen if you take these UM losing to Iowa scenarios, but then factor in Penn State ACTUALLY going on to WIN the conference title game vs. Wisconsin (or whoever else)?

I agree. We already beat Wisconsin, so if they beat Penn State, I'd think we'd still have a shot, too. But what if they don't? Because we lost to Penn State, that'd be the ultimate doomsday scenario of this whole "control your own destiny" chatter.

Comment 10 Nov 2016

Looks like PSU has had a harder schedule now via Sagarin, but that'll work itself out later once we play Michigan. Minnesota and Temple are decent wins now, particularly Minny.

Comment 08 Nov 2016

Equates to basically 400 yards of rushing and 325 of receiving in 3 games, in which they play Maryland (last stat-padding game available IMO), on the road at MSU (who will play us close, I'm sure, because "it's their bowl" narrative), and Michigan with their stonewall D. I can see him hitting receiving, but I just don't see the rushing happening.

Comment 08 Nov 2016

Can you shed light on whether anybody else from the B1G besides Peppers (ugh) will make it to NYC for the Heisman ceremony? Is Barrett still close? I'm seeing Saquon Barkley buzz also. Thanks, boys!

Comment 08 Nov 2016

Agreed. The passing game has struggled at times, so going against Fitzpatrick and Bama's secondary isn't real enticing. 

Comment 08 Nov 2016

Bama's the only team that gives me pause. Their defense is a death machine and I simply don't think we can score enough. Clemson and Washington are your prototypical juggernaut offenses that can score insanely fast, but Ohio State can match them tit for tat.

Comment 08 Nov 2016

I suppose the same can be said about our beloved team as of last Friday? The point you're making stands, yes. That said, I think there's more proof right now that Ohio State isn't as bad on offense as they looked vs. NW, IU, PSU, UW, just as I don't think Penn State is the same team it was in September, either.

Comment 07 Nov 2016

For sure, and I hear you... but Michigan isn't losing to lowly Iowa or Indiana, I'm afraid. I just think it's all moot. I wouldn't be surprised to actually see Harbaugh try and rest the starters as much as possible before coming to Columbus—as opposed to keeping guys like Peppers on the field up 48 points in the 3rd.

Comment 07 Nov 2016

Doesn't matter, does it? We control our own destiny—nobody else has anything to do with Ohio State simply winning the games they're in.