Well, well, well, if it isn't the ol' Nittany Lions' raggedy ass.
Earlier this week, PSU OT Andrew Nelson said he "knows they're hated by the Ohio State community." That's not quite true.
Ohio State fans hold no animosity towards the Penn State football team. Hell, Urban Meyer wanted a lot of them. Do I laugh at sentences like "PSU surrendered 10 sacks in a historical loss to Temple"? Yes. Yes I do.
But that doesn't mean I hate the team.
Penn State cultists — a bizarre subset of lizard people that wear human skin costumes and use AOL dial-ups to post bizarre message board theories — are at the crux of the animosity we hold in our hearts for that particular university.
And what's peculiar about it all is we don't think about Penn State cultists unless we're on a safari into PennLive comments or one of them has waded into our mentions, shaking their pathetic internet genitalia and demanding to be taken seriously.
But since we're here these reptiles can get their annual riot act: November is fast approaching and tax season is here.
The advanced stats say it's going to be a close game, and I say to Hell with numbers in general. It's time for Ohio State to re-introduce itself to the country in primetime.
As for the lesser slate — notbad.jpg — it's all about that kerfuffle-settler north of the border between two distant cousins squabbling over the (presumed) splitting of a Taco Bell breakfast bill.
|12:00||WEST VIRGINIA at No. 2 BAYLOR||BU (-22½)||FOX|
|12:00||No. 17 IOWA at No. 20 NORTHWESTERN||IOWA (-1)||ABC|
|12:00||No. 13 OLE MISS at MEMPHIS||MISS (-11)||ESPN2|
|12:00||LOUISVILLE at No. 11 FLORIDA STATE||FSU (-7)||ESPN|
|3:30||No. 10 ALABAMA at No. 9 TEXAS A&M||BAMA (-4)||CBS|
|3:30||No. 19 OKLAHOMA at KANSAS STATE||OU (-4½)||ABC|
|3:30||No. 7 MICHIGAN STATE at No. 12 MICHIGAN||UM (-7)||ESPN|
|7:00||No. 8 FLORIDA at No. 6 LOUISIANA STATE||FSU (-7)||ESPN|
|7:00||No. 3 TEXAS CHRISTIAN at IOWA STATE||TCU (-21)||ESPN2|
|7:30||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA at No. 14 NOTRE DAME||ND (-6)||NBC|
|10:00||ARIZONA STATE at No. 4 UTAH||UTES (-5½)||ESPN|
My (3-3) upset pick: Nobody disrespects Magic Johnson; Dino chuckles off Harbaugh's opening salvo before knocking Michigan off its high horse.
THE NITTANY LION DOSSIER. Here's everything you need to know about today's opponent, the Penn State (boo) Nittany Lions (hiss).
- Film Study: Does PSU have enough offensive firepower to spark an upset?
- Meyer: PSU's passing attack the best OSU's seen this year.
- The annual #OhioStateHateWeek roundup.
- Roundtable, featuring Vico, Birm and Mike.
- Game poster (maybe my favorite one yet).
- The Silver Bullets will take a collective approach in containing Christian Hackenberg.
- On the recruiting front: PSU vs. OSU.
- Q&A with For the Glory of Old State.
More, Non-11W #PSUreads:
- 5 reasons PSU will beat OSU.
- PSU's John Donovan on the Nitts' offensive struggles.
- Scouting Penn State.
- Lions feel relaxed before the big game.
- TE Mike Gesicki talks what it's like to say 'No' to Urban Meyer in recruiting.
THERE'S THIS MAN WITH THE MONIKER OF 'TENNESSEE JEFF.' I liveblog the Urban Meyer Coach's Show on 97.1 The Fan every week, and it's always one of my favorite hours. Some people talk down on the callers, but where else do you get questions like this?
COLUMBUS — Eric in New Jersey wondered when Ohio State would start “bum rushing” teams as expected.
Oscar from Grove City wondered when and how the Buckeyes would begin defending the A-gap run.
And Jeff from Tennessee just wanted the man of the hour to know, “I LOVE YA BROTHER. GO BUCKS.”
Urban in Columbus thanks you for the question. (Or in the case of Jeff, a 45-year-old day trader who has not missed a game since 1987 and whose scarlet paeans feature many exclamation points but rarely question marks, the enthusiasm.)
Welcome to the Urban Meyer call-in show.
Does Urban Meyer look forward to fielding questions from Oscar from Grove City? Only until that $1,850,000 check clears for such media appearances. Not a bad gig if you can get it.
#PERTINENTHEISENBERG. I look at Penn State fans like Walter White looks at dumb-ass wannabe meth cooks at Home Depot.
Final Score: 48-24.
THOSE WMDs. Ermahgerddon: The untold story of the Ermahgerd Girl... My new favorite restaurant... The downfall of Lamar Odom, played out on TV... Video games: The secret life... A renegade trawler, hunted for 10,000 miles by vigilantes.