The Penn State Bubble and Its Coming Crash
Mired in mediocrity, the Big Ten is only a shell of its former self nowadays and its only hope for a national championship comes in the shape of a battered Nittany Lion.
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#1 Sep 25, 2009
You must be living on another planet!!Our defense is secure even without Lee. We are a confident, skilled team with a fan base that is strong, talented and never, never down. OUr lion will roar.
#2 Sep 29, 2009
It's about time we return the type of scheduling we did in the 90's. With a weakened Big 10 we are playing 6 or 7 (or more)teams that are guaranteed wins every year.
This makes for a Bowl appearance every year which means $$$$$$. For the ticket prices that we are now paying (plus the required donation) we deserve to see quality opponents not "feel good" wins.
We can brag about our 9-3 seasons but in essence they really are 1-3 or 2-3 seasons when the opposition is taken into account.
It seems that the Athletic Department is more concerned with revenue than competition. The essence of sport is competition NOT "patsy" schedules (check the schedules in some of the other sports as well).
Penn State Pride was never about guaranteed winning seasons playing the kind of schedules we're playing now.
Get an AD who understands prideful winning seasons aren't the result of "crap" schedules.
#3 Sep 29, 2009
More vitriol. The O-Line is terrible and lacks experience (they didn't get any in the first three games since there wasn't anybody of any consequence they were called upon to block). Clark made "freshman" mistakes on all three interceptions on Saturday night (unfortunately he's not a freshman)and is, at best, a mediocore passer.
The defense' first test against a non-ranked team who beat "mighty" Northern Iowa only becuase they botched two field goal attempts at the end of the game was less than stellar and they got pushed all over the field.
Here again our first three opponents best chance of scoring was to recover one of our fumbles in our own end zone.
Last year USC could have scored between 50 and 60 points in the Rose Bowl but Pete took his foot off the gas pedal at halftime in respect to Joe.
A lot of that is attributable to the kind of opposition we are playing. We weren't in the "ball park" with a real ranked team.
The Ohio State game was the only real bright spot last season and we played oldtime "Penn State football" in that game.
The average pre-season ranking of all of the opponents in this season's schedule was 71. Without Ohio State it would have been 77.
This isn't "Penn State Pride". This schedule is "Penn State Fraud". We aren't going to attract top quality recruits if we don't play some top quality inter sectional non-conference games where the recruits who have aspirations of playing at the next level will get national exposure.
In all honesty (no vitriol here) we're a third or fourth place team in either one of the divisions in the SEC or Big 12 and probably no better than 4th. or 5th. place in the PAC 10.
We have a top quality academic institution who has more top exeutives in industry than any other school in the country. Why are we acting like sheep and not demanding better?
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