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Blue-White Roundtable: Syracuse


Another repeat non-conference opponent. Only this time, it's in a boring NFL stadium!

It’s here, it’s here. By god, college football is finally here!!!

The doggs may be swept up in pennant fever, but there’s nothing like a new Penn State season to get the blood flowing and the emotions cranked up.

Back as always is good ol Adam from Black Shoe Diaries with a fresh batch of questions. Be sure to head on over to BSD later this week for a “greatest hits” of sorts. In the meantime, check out what these peeps are saying:

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Follow the jump to read us doggs’ thoughts…

Question #1 Welcome back from the interminable offseason. What are you most excited about from this Penn State season?

The Underdogs: Getting off the methadone of baseball season for the raw grade heroin of morning futbol and afternoon football.

Rowlff Dogg: I’m really excited to see what Bill O’Brien brings to the table after a year of learning on the job under unprecedented circumstances. After a decade-plus of knowing exactly who we were going to beat and who we were going to lose to, it’s extremely refreshing going into a season feeling like the coaches are actually going to put forth the effort to try to win them all.

Player-wise, newcomers Hackenberg and Breneman get all the attention, but I’m anxious to see what Eugene Lewis can do.

J Schnauzer: Re-connecting with the game. As I said in a post earlier this week I took most of 2012 off for a variety of reasons. I think a little rediscovery will get me to separate the nonsense that is the NCAA from the pure joy of watching college football.

Question #2 Syracuse has a quarterback battle of their own. Who starts for the Orange - Terelle Hunt or Drew Allen?

The Underdogs: Syracuse's new football coach, Germ Bayheim (who looks suspiciously like their basketball coach in a Groucho Marx mask as if Syracuse is looking for some cost-cutting measures) has a few tricks up his sleeve and starts Rony Seikaly.

Rowlff Dogg: Admittedly, I don’t know much about either Syracuse quarterback. That said; allow me to boil this question down to its simplest form. Terrel Hunt was recruited by Syracuse. Drew Allen transferred from Oklahoma. This is football, not basketball. Allen gets the start.

J Schnauzer: I have no idea. Did I mention I'm re-connecting with the game.

Question #3 With Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges in Minnesota, who do you expect to lead the defense this year? Who is the impact player for this weekend's game against the Orange?

The Underdogs: Adrian Amos finna check'em into AA for a 12-step program in pain.

Rowlff Dogg: Adrian Amos has the best chance of being the most visible leader on the field. He will be asked to do a lot and he will be all over the field in doing so.

With that in mind, I think DaQuan Jones is the most important player on defense. The linebacker depth and the green corners put the onus on what could be a strong defensive line. Jones has the ability to not only eat space and take on multiple linemen, but to make plays too. Any disruptiveness from him will go a long in getting the defense playing up to its potential.

J Schnauzer: ***crickets***

Question #4 Predictions - who will start at QB? Who will win the game?

The Underdogs: Despite a year of BOB, we don't have a grasp on his tendencies except for hints of a meritocracy missing for the previous decade. Assuming the best man for the job today wins the job, I don't know if we know that answer. Nor do we have enough information on who is the best guy for the job long-term. So at this point we're flipping a coin or going by recruiting stars which may in fact be the same thing. I'll say Tyler Ferguson strictly for the extra few months on campus.

Rowlff Dogg: Christian Hackenberg will take the first snap on Saturday. Tyler Ferguson will play, but Hackenberg will have at least one moment that shows off his amazing potential. Penn State will win a sloppy game that they could have made more lopsided. Final score: Penn State 27, Syracuse 14.

J Schnauzer: The coach announced yesterday that Jake Waters will be starting. Oh wait, that may have rubbed some people the wrong way. I think Christian Hackenburg will be the guy announced later this week.

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