That 2008 game brings back swell memories!
You're right when you say PSU has never dominated B1G, but I do believe 2015-2016 PSU will be a B1G title contender because recruiting and expierence will start to kick-in. PSU will return 10 Offensive starters in 2015, and return 7 Defensive Starters.
Gesicki is gonna be special in a few years, but he's to small to play TE right now. He is a perfect example of having younger guys getting experience due to the sanctions.
Franklin is a mediocre coach, but our DC is a fucking genius.
Offense: Really shitty O-Line combined with poor-playcalling + Angry Larry Johnson + Joey Bosa = Not good
PSU does have extremely talented receivers, and tight ends. Both units are very young, and will return everybody next year, so do keep an eye on them. Hackenberg is a excellent QB, but makes awful decisions under pressure.
Defense: Really good Run D, I believe WE ARE ranked #1 in country in Run D. Pass D is also very good, keep an eye on Jordan Lucas, he is a very talented Junior CB.
Crowd: Fans will be noisy, might want to bring an umbrella.
PREDICTION: I love my Lions so damn much, but they are too young, and too crappy on offense. OSU 31 PSU 3
Yea Saturday Night will not be an easy one.
BOB won the award because he inherited the worst situation imaginable, and made everything work.
Meyer deserves it, not a question. Freshman QB, Very young team, not a question.
Leonte Caroo chirps a lot!
From a PSU FAN
14.IOWA (remember 2008-2009.)
This is hilarious.. While all of us "TTFP" fans hate Rutgers.
This Ohio State game reminds of the 2nd half of 2008 game when we played #17 Pittsburgh. At the time, Pittsburgh had a tough defense and the running back Lesean McCoy. We knew Lesean would get his yards, and we knew it would be tough to run on Pittsburghs defense. So what do we do? We went over the Top. Mike Teel threw six TD passes, three to Kenny Britt and two to Tim Brown. This was the game where Mike Teel caught fire and Rutgers won out.
I see similar potential for Rutgers quarterback and receivers. Gary Nova is playing the best ball of his career, and has shown tremendous improvement reading blitzes and delivering the ball to the man covered receiver. Time and time again, Nova delivered accurately, despite intense pressure. Michigans Blake Countess is still trying to catch Andrew Turzilli. Ohio States DBs are similarly a step slow. That's why they gave up three long TD bombs, of 60, 83, and 78 yards, from Gunner Kiel to Chris Moore. That's why I feel confident that Gary Nova is going to obliterate the Ohio State secondary. How exactly are they going to cover Carroo, who is better than the Bengals #1 receiver this past weekend Sanu? Ohio States LBers are also a step slow, which is why they allowed 200 more rushing yards to Navy than Rutgers defense.
Of course, there's a reason why OSU has been destroying their most recent opponents and that's because their defensive line has been terrific. #97 Joey Bosa is playing like an all American and single handidly disrupted Marylands offense. Gary Nova needs to know where #97 is on every play. Some of our linemen might need help with either the tight end or running back. We must do whatever it takes to disallow #97 from disrupting the continuity of our offense. Tackle Michael Bennet has also been especially terrific, which is why OSU has been able to pressure opposing qbs with their front four alone. The effectiveness of OSUs front four has enabled them to mask obvious deficiencies in their back seven.
That said Rutgers top flight OL, which has allowed 50% fewer sacks than Ohio States, despite playing tougher competition thus far, is up to the task of stifling Ohio States DL. They gave Nova sufficient time to make big plays against PSUs and Michigans tremendous DLs. While OSUs is better, the difference in aptitude. Pretty soon Keith Lumpkin is going to be ready to block JJ Watt . Joey Bosa ain't such a big deal.
And it doesn't compare to Rutgers DL, which I think is the best in the country. People are entitled to their opinions, but they cant make up their own facts. And the fact is Rutgers defense has 2x (twice) as many sacks as OSUs defense. Despite playing better competition.
Which brings to OSUs quarterback. Yes, he's been terrific, since the VT game. But that's because he hasn't faced pressure like he faced against VT, when we he went 9-29. Rutgers pass rush is more effective, evidenced by our higher number of sacks, so I have every expectation that we will be able to limit his productivity. We've historically eaten qbs like him for dinner. I think he's a better BJ Daniels.
Ultimately, this is how I see position comparisons:
Position - Advantage
Gotta give it to OSU they play a very good OOC this year filled with good, not great, but good teams. Reminds me of the days Jim Tressel coached the bucks. Unfortunatley PSU is notorious for a soft OOC. Kudos to Buckeyes.
Don't forget that we beat you guys in front of a then record crowd in 2008, and that we've beaten Braxton Miller before. We Are PSU and We will bring it on Oct. 25. You'll see PSU is rising, and were just starting.