Penn State is NOT Back

Everyone seems to love the old timers. First it was Notre Dame. Then everyone jumped on the UCLA and Bama bandwagons. Now Penn State. But not only are the media saying that PSU is back, they’re saying they’re in the national title hunt – Not so fast my friend.

While Penn State is certainly an improved team, let’s not get carried away. Penn State did shut down Ohio State, but Ohio State also shut down Penn State and outgained the Nittany Lions 230 to 195. Further a 2 yard touchdown drive turned out to be the difference in the game.

At this point in the season, only two things can be definitively said about the Big 10. Illinois is really, really bad, and no Big 10 team will play for the national title this year. Three of the four teams expected to content for the conference title are at the bottom of the conference standings just above Illinois (OSU, UM, and Purdue). The fourth of the contenders, Iowa, isn’t doing much better. Michigan St., Wisconsin, and Minnesota also started the seasons with nice little runs, but they couldn’t hold on in the conference that is 2005’s definition of parity.

Penn St. won’t hold on either. The heart of their schedule is still in front of them with games at Michigan and MSU and at home against Purdue and Wisconsin. They also travel to Illinois. Jo Pa’s troops are better, but they’ll lose a couple before it’s all said and done.

As for the rest of the Big 10, who knows? I can’t tell if they’re all good or all bad.


12 Responses to Penn State is NOT Back

  1. newswolf 10/09/2005 at 12:04 PM #

    compared to where they have been, they are back. they will reach the top 10 this week then lose to Mich.

  2. Slader4881 10/09/2005 at 10:47 PM #

    They are not back as national title contenders but are in the top tier for the Big Ten title. And considering what they have been the past few years that seems like “back” to me.

  3. Alpha Wolf 10/10/2005 at 2:51 PM #

    I think Penn State wins in Ann Arbor this weekend. Michigan is not that great a team this year.

  4. BJD95 10/10/2005 at 7:16 PM #

    Michigan is actually a crap team this year. But they took down the upstart Spartans, and I expect them to do the same to JoePa’s Lions.

    There will be loads of 2 and 3 conference loss teams in the Big Ten this year.

  5. IkeephearingthesameBS 10/10/2005 at 9:10 PM #

    Yadda yadda yadda. I keep hearing the same thing over and over. “PSU gets knocked off this week. PSU got lucky..”

    B.S. – I agree that Penn State’s chances of running the table are less than the chances of teams that play in weaker conferences (ALL OTHER CONFERENCES), but let’s face it, Joepa prepares for one game at a time, and that is how PSU will do it.

    The only thing that can derail this train is mistakes, so as long as these guys can keep their cool and continue to gel and improve, they need fear no team, not even USC.

    Yeah, I said it. On a given day, they could beat USC, and why not? PSU’s defense is brutal and their offensive weapons are as slippery as they come. In fact, if you naysayers care to, check out #2 the next time we’re on TV because while we have quite a few guys with frightening speed, that young man is at the next level of fast.

  6. Pat 10/11/2005 at 5:51 PM #

    Before this week, Ohio State was good. You even had them ranked #3 last week.

    Now, you say Penn State isn’t good because they couldn’t demolish a #3 team? Because they only barely beat the team that was only second to USC and Texas in your poll last week?

    So, instead of Penn State being good AND Ohio State being good, both Penn State and Ohio State are bad? Huh? Why? Because the entire Big 10 is bad?

    Even though the Big 10 is 25-6 against non-Big 10 opponents (see here)? Better than all the other conferences?

    I just don’t understand. What about the Texas game? Or the Michigan State victory over Notre Dame?

  7. SL 10/12/2005 at 9:16 AM #

    People rate teams higher when they win shootouts. 44-35. 60-58.
    They want basketball scores not football scores. No good team

  8. SL 10/12/2005 at 9:18 AM #

    People rate teams higher when they win shootouts. 44-35. 60-58.
    They want basketball scores not football scores. No good team
    wins games by scoring less than 20 and holding their opponents
    to low yards and low scores. That just means you play defense
    and defense does not win championships, not the BCS anyway and not
    college football. You could pair an NFL team’s defense with the worst
    college offense and that team would be ranked 119th.

  9. Powers 10/13/2005 at 1:04 AM #

    I find it highly amusing tht the PSU Haters continually bring up 195 yards vs OSU. While I
    wasn’t the big fan of JoePa and Co.’s strategy of “get the lead and let the D take over” –
    Hey, it worked. But if you think the Lions finish the day with 195 yards if Lowry doesnt
    basically pull us 6 with his INT.. Well, you’re a moron. Joe shut down the O with supreme
    confidence in a Stellar D. I don’t see us getting 400 yards against a great D, but let the
    tired OSU had more yards so PSU is weak argument go when you talk about the future. Only 4
    numbers matter at the end of the day – 17, 10, 0 and 6. 17-10 win, 0 Turnovers and Win #6

  10. Mike L 10/13/2005 at 2:41 PM #

    The difference in the game was not an interception that set up that 2-yard touchdown. The Big 10 is not as good as the ACC and probably the SEC, but top to bottom it is definitely as good if not better than the Big 12 and Pac 10. Why is everyone forgetting the pounding Penn State put on Minnesota? That was a good of an all-around game as any team in the nation has had this year.

  11. Superman 10/13/2005 at 6:53 PM #

    Why would anyone even listen to this moron? How do you rank a team that just lost to another team, which is still undefeated, higher than the undefeated team. Ohio State (11) and Penn State (16) on his board sums up his intelligence period. Moron


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