I'm going to write about it sometime this week, but once you get past about six in either poll, it feels like you could put any of the next 10-15 teams in any order and it be OK. There are a lot of teams with significant issues/flaws that are hanging around the upper echelons right now.
I'm not even sure the Big Ten would allow them too, seeing as the BJC was a stipulation of membership nearly 30 years ago.
Haven't seen anything from MSU or USC, among others, to say definitively they should be ahead of PSU. Sparty's offense was a cluster in week 1 against a not very good team, but did look better in week 2 vs. Western. I'm not sure what USC has done either. Yeah, they're 2-0, but they squeaked by an 0-2 Fresno team in week one at home too.
Not saying PSU is a world beater by any means, but I feel like a lot of people are overemphasizing Saturday's first half while ignoring a 38-3 second half, and 45-13 victory.
Aside from maybe a half dozen teams at the top, everyone has significant questions at this point.
What 8-10 teams behind PSU would you put ahead of them?
He had one toss on Saturday where he didn't really have a chance to step into it, and still threw a dart with mostly just his arm.
Ha. I didn't even make that connection.
Exactly. I don't know if they're still out there, but Bill C wrote extensively in 2016 about how Penn State's offense was among the least efficient in the country, but made up for it the only way you can, explosiveness. Obviously that's hard to maintain for an entire season, but it's certainly an element of this offense that I think PSU got away from later on in 2017, and definitely last year.
Reminds me an awful lot of DaeSean. Not as big, but just understands how to get open and use what talents he has. One of the big knocks on him as a prospect was his straight ahead/40-yard speed. He never tested very well, but the second you get him on the field, he just performs.
That's awfully short sighted without knowing at all what he did. Maybe he overslept a team meeting. Maybe he missed a class. Maybe he was late to a class. Young adults screw up. It's what they do, even the young people in the military!
You hit the nail on the head. Look what Sanders was able to do with one year and less than 300 career carries. Players understand that entering the NFL with less wear and tear is a huge positive and lengthens your career and earning potential.
I'd expect Ford and Cain to both play well over four games. Unless something drastically changes (injury, etc.), the days of redshirting elite running backs are over.
He was mentioned as "green for this weekend" last week. My instinct is similar to Dan's, in that they'll plan to preserve his redshirt like they did with Walker a year ago.
The four-game rule has led to the staff going more week-to-week with green-yellow-red.
OH LAWD HE COMIN'
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That rule was relaxed a year or two ago. But more importantly, Idaho was FBS when they were scheduled a few years ago. They dropped back down at the start of the 2018 season.