Kickoff is just around the corner, and you know what that means. PBR at 8:00 AM! Dead animals on a grill! Pigskins in the air! And of course, the Blue-White Roundtable. We’d like to extend a special thanks to Adam from Black Shoe Diaries for inviting the dogs to participate this season. Be sure to hit up BSD on Friday for a “greatest hits” of sorts. In the meantime, check out what these hosers are saying:
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Question #1 Let's get this out of the way right now - how does everyone feel about Robert Bolden and Matt McGloin being even on the depth chart? How do you feel about the proposed time sharing plan for Saturday's game against Indiana State?
The Underdogs: 100% predictable. 100% infuriating. QB is the only position where we baby kids on the depth chart. A new phenomenon by the way, as we have run off countless quarterbacks in the past because they didn't win the starting job (White, Hostetler). Imagine what the 06 and 07 seasons might have been like had Tony Pepperoni joined those ranks. Or even, 08 and 09 had Daryll Clark garnered a bit more experience during those preparatory years.
Rowlff Dogg: I wish Joe would just make up his darn mind and get the starter as many reps with the 1st team as possible. However, my guess is that Joe favors McGloin. Therefore, I am ok with anything that gives Bolden a legitimate chance. That said, I find it insulting that the first game post-STEP is a Division I-AA bottom feeder. The insignificance of this match-up is reinforced by the fact that Joe is using Indiana State as a scrimmage.
J Schnauzer: If it were a different coaching staff I might be OK with it. Perhaps it would be some sort of method of hiding your hand before the Alabama game. With this staff, I think it means Joe likes McGloin and the staff likes Bolden. The ol' man will win out to the detriment of the season.
Question #2 What are you looking for out of the offense this week? Will the offense we see on Saturday set the tone for the rest of the year?strong>
The Underdogs: The o-line better dominate. If they can't dominate a lower level team leaving gaping holes and strewn bodies, then it will be a long year. Just not sure the man power nor the mean streak is there.
Rowlff Dogg: A strong running game. The quarterback tryout indicates that there should more passing than usual for a tune-up game. Perhaps one of the candidates tries to press a bit and is having trouble moving the ball. That is where the running game comes into play, to pick up the pieces. Against a completely overmatched defense, I expect the offensive line to pave the way for big running numbers.
J Schnauzer: I'm looking out for a lack of injuries. This game will tell us nothing about the team, the players, or the adjustments to game tactics. Disregard their six-win miracle season, this opposition could honestly be the worst team to ever play in Happy Valley.
Question #3 Do you expect the defense to be significantly upgraded from last year?
The Underdogs: Yes. Ravaged by injuries, inexperience, and inability a year ago, the D will return to form. I don't expect it to be absolutely dominate due to the lack of an identifiable pass rush, but bend but don't break is better then break and break some more.
Rowlff Dogg: Personnel-wise, without a doubt. All the 2010 injuries have made us a deeper team this year. The big question is whether the coaches allow them to make plays and force turnovers. If there is no pass rush from the DEs, I don’t care if we have the 1976 Steelers defense, our passive scheme will cancel out all that talent.
J Schnauzer: Absolutely. The coaching staff hasn't changed, the summer workouts were blessedly free of season-ending injuries, and every player has an extra year of experience. I don't know if it could have been any worse last year. It can only get better from here.
Question #4 Outside of the money earned, these games are no-win situations for major powers. A win is expected and anything less than complete dominance is a cause for concern. How do you define success for Penn State this week?
The Underdogs: I get drunk and no shots are involved.
Rowlff Dogg: No injuries. Bolden wins the job no questions asked. Trent Richardson contracts leprosy.
J Schnauzer: See part two. Success is a lack of injuries. No more no less.
Question #5 Predictions?
The Underdogs: 42-6.
Rowlff Dogg: 55-10. Silas Redd and Brandon Beachum both surpass 100 yards.
J Schnauzer: 221-0. Paterno calls off the dogs and keeps PSU from winning by the largest margin of victory in football history.