All valid questions and all keys to the game. However, don’t think for a minute that we’re the only ones with a few question marks hanging above our heads. Thing is, most Penn State fans are so wrapped up in their white t-shirts and defensive stats that they are missing a key point which in any other team would raise concern. This is Penn State though so let them enjoy their moment. They don’t get it often.
While the Penn State stats look good on paper, consider that their seven wins come against Akron, Syracuse, Temple, Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern. Not really a powerhouse of college football. Last week Northwestern gave the Lions something to think about. The Penn State defense that we keep hearing about also allowed 17 points against Illinois — one of the least effective offenses in the Big Ten this year.
Against Iowa, their only opponent worthy of discussion, they completely fell apart. The Iowa defense hit Daryll Clark over and over again exposing more then a minor weakness. Clark wore the shock on his sleeve the entire game and limped off the field at the end with his head hanging low.
But not to be deterred, once again Penn State fans charge forward yet again drowning in overconfidence. They’re finding great glee in the photo of Pryor hanging his head after last year’s loss forgetting of course that another inch to the right and Pryor not only would have made the first down ending the game, he very easily could have been headed to the end zone all alone. They find strength in the Buckeyes sleepwalk against Purdue. They desperately search for the magic of the “white out” of 2005 which no longer shocks anyone although it is cute to see them try– what with the little tent city and all.
Sorry Penn State but we’ve already got a team to hate. Try as you might, at this point you’re just not worth my ilk.
CorrectionApologies to Syracuse. They are 3-5 (0-3 in conference) with one of their wins coming over Northwestern. I corrected the earlier error in the post above.