We have the best offense in the conference by a mile
I don't see how you can say that with any confidence? Oh, we beat the pants off Akron and Georgia State? Maryland put up 51 on Texas, Minnesota put up 48 on Oregon State, and Indiana put up 52 on Georgia Southern. The only games that matter are Pitt, Iowa, and Indiana. And our offense has been middling in those three games.
We got 33 on Pitt, including 1 safety, a 8-yard touchdown drive, and two other scoring drives starting in plus territory. And Pitt went out the next week and gave up 59 to Oklahoma State.
Against Iowa, we moved the ball well, but the red zone offense was heinous. We scored 21 points: 3 fewer than Wyoming, 20 fewer than Iowa State, and 4 more than Michigan State. And why did we struggle to finish off drives? Because Trace McSorley was poor in the red zone.
45 points against Indiana sounds great, doesn't it? But 14 of those were special teams scores. Between the second and third quarters, Penn State had the following series of drives: three-and-out, three-and-out, punt (after negative yards), interception, three-and-out, missed field goal (after starting at the Indiana 21). That's an impossibly terrible sequence, and it speaks to McSorley's massive struggles this season.
Where it really becomes clear, though, is in the offense Moorhead is running. It's clear, comparing the play calls from the end of last season until now, that's he's lost a lot of faith in McSorley. The downfield passes have been replaced by dump-off after dump-off, the read-options are now straight handoffs. This isn't an offense that leans on Barkley, it's an offense that knows it has little else, despite the vast number of weapons at WR and TE. Mike Gesicki got hurt, but before coming out, he had 12 catches for 83 yards in the three games against P5 opponents. This is your matchup nightmare, your down-the-field threat, and he's catching passes in the flat and short routes along the sideline. That's heinous misuse of an exceptional talent.