Very well said. Win or lose, this is the beginning of a new era in the big ten. Ohio State no longer owns the conference. For the last 15 years or so they have dominated the big ten and their rival has not challenged them whatsoever. I know they will always view Michigan as the biggest game of the year, but if you pay attention to the reports coming out of Columbus this week, you would think this was rivalry week. JT is taking it "personal", Urban is pissed, the team is super focused, you can feel the intensity in the air when you walk in the building, and on it goes. It may all be true, and maybe they will win the game, but it sounds to me like for the first time in 15 years, they feel threatened. Not threatened to lose one game or lose the conference title- they have lost both over the years- but threatened to lose their position as the powerhouse and perennial favorite in the Big Ten. In the past when someone else won the conference, it felt like a magical run that would be impossible to replicate because OSU was just too good year in and year out. That has changed my friends. We know it, and they know it.
They're going to look really bad on TV against our white uniforms.
Wisconsin should be #2!
I agree with the overall sentiment that the defense has dominated, but I think you're a little off on your analysis. The defensive line has been very good, but it's obvious that the secondary is the clear strength of this defense. Not only is this the best secondary in the conference, it's probably one of the best in the country. Calling Cabinda a man on a mission is a bit of stretch too. He has played well the last couple weeks, but was unimpressive earlier in the season.
Oh yea I understand, except for MD, I think they are pretty clearly toward the bottom now.
I think the offense is going to come out loose after the game winning drive last week. I think that was just what the doctor ordered to get Trace back into his gunslinger groove. I think we'll see another dominant defensive performance, a balanced attack on offense aided by clean up of the issues at RT (hopefully Wright is back, if not I expect Fries to start), and a sharper performance in the kicking game. If you're a betting man, lock it up! They will cover this one easily.
What have MSU and NW done to prove they are better than Purdue?
Yes I was impressed by that hit. He may have just got him a little off balance/not expecting the hit as he was going out of bounds. But regardless, good hit for that kid on one of the best players in the country who never takes a hit like that.
On the flip side, if Trace didn't miss a few easy passes in the first half we probably beat the piss out of Pitt. it's not like they were missing easy opportunities in the red zone, our defense played well. I'll trade some rushing yards between the 20s for a shut down red zone D. But it's too early to even say if that's what we have. We will know a lot more about our defense after this game. We have been rotating young guys very early in games so far. I expect that to change this week. Let's see what happens when our starters play the majority of the first half.
I know it's ludicrous to complain after a 56-0 victory, but I am very concerned about our ability to run the ball.
I know I'm nit picking. Overall we played a good game defensively. Our run defense is just what I'm most concerned for heading to Iowa. Not concerned enough that I think we will get run all over and lose the game, it's just an area where I think we can improve from the Pitt game. I also understand there may have been schematic reasons for some of Pitt's success (ie. committing to stopping Henderson) which allowed some of the runs inside.
Don't know how much you will be able to learn this week given the opponent. Next week at Iowa is the real measuring stick for the front seven in my opinion. Pitt's ability to run the ball against us has me mildly concerned. At the end of the day we only gave up 14, so I'm not complaining. But I am very curious to see how we hold up against the Iowa rushing attack, especially at night in Kinnick. I'm optimistic that they will learn a lot from the Pitt film and make some improvements over these two weeks.
Too bad this will be the worst night game environment in beaver stadium history. There are going to be a lot of empty seats. I hope I'm wrong, but ticket prices on stub hub are very low for a night game.
Makes sense. Saquon certainly fits your description of a kick returner.
Why don't we use Thompkins as our primary kick returner too? It seems like most teams use different guys on kick and punt. I understand a punt is different than a kick off, but I would think your best return man would have the skills to do both. What's the reason for using different guys on kicks and punts? Is it just wear and tear/injury risk?
I'm wondering if it's more than just a little hot water with the OSU staff and that's why he is suddenly attending this game. Crystal ball picks have been flipping to Nebraska too. Something is up...
What's the deal with the student section? The school needs to figure out a way to get students in the door quicker. The top corner of the student section didn't fill up until the end of the first quarter. It didn't look to me like it was because the students were late getting to the game. There was a steady flow of people into that section throughout the entire first quarter.
I am fine with this ranking. First of all, it's completely meaningless. But if I were putting together a top 25 this is where I would have us. The teams ahead of us have better wins. It's not a knock on us, we just haven't played a good team yet. Nothing to be concerned about, we have plenty of opportunities ahead for quality wins.
I laughed out loud reading this...great work
Looks like Mitch Vingle (idiot who had us ranked 14 in the pre-season poll) has us at #3 this week.
No, I thought he looked pretty good. Very excited to see more of him this season.
A few of you guys noted Penn State's tendency to lose a game it shouldn't. I don't think that's accurate. When I think back over the years the only one that really sticks out to me is the Iowa loss in 2008. Maybe the Michigan loss in 2005, but that was still a really good team on the road. What else am I missing? We just weren't a good team from 2010 to 2015. I don't think you can look at any of those seasons and say we were better than our record because of a "dumb" loss. So I guess my point is that while losing a dumb game is always a concern for any good team, I don't see any reason for extra concern with this team since I don't think we really have a reputation for losing games like that.
I have heard/read several analysts question this team because of the "target on their back". Normally, I would say that is a legitimate concern when a team is trying to defend a championship. It's difficult for the coaching staff to get the team up the same way they did the year before. Look at Ohio State after they won the national title. They were still extremely talented the following year, but they weren't quite the same. However, I have absolutely no concerns that this team will suffer a similar let down. First of all, the loss in the Rose Bowl, as well as Michigan and Pitt are driving this team. Coaches and players won't say it, but you know they are all thinking about those losses as they prepare for this season.
Secondly, the disrespect they have been shown in favor of Ohio State will drive them. They beat OSU and won the B1G, yet OSU went to the playoff, and now OSU is ranked ahead of them in the polls and picked by everyone to win the conference. That might turn out to be the case, but if you're in the PSU locker room it has to piss you off. Again, coaches and players won't talk about polls and predictions, but they read and hear this stuff, they know what everyone is saying about them. I know OSU is the most talented team of the last 50 years and has 4 future NFL hall of famers on the D-line, but emotion and attitude are powerful factors in college football. This team will go to Columbus with something to prove. I wouldn't be so quick to pencil that game in as a loss.
But, like the Milkman said above, this is all just talk. Saturday can't come soon enough!
That sucks...I feel bad for him. Hopefully he can get out there soon and enjoy a healthy season.
Look at that, a depth chart with real depth!