Never before has predicting Penn State’s football season been such a daunting task. In the last decade under Joe Paterno, it was simple. Find the teams ranked ahead of us and predict a loss. Chalk up the teams ranked below us as a win. If a team was in Penn State’s general ranking vicinity named Purdue, Michigan State, or Illinois, call it a victory. If their name was Iowa, Wisconsin, or Michigan, call it a loss.
There were other surefire tells just by looking over the roster. Is there a defensive end who can negate the vanilla defense’s lack of blitzing and create turnovers on his own? If you have a Maybin, Hali, or Haynes, chances are it’ll be a 10 win season. Is the offensive line rebuilding (again)? If so, you will max out at 8-9 wins.
What do you do when that blueprint is blown up by roster defections and a coaching overhaul? You look at the football program for what the NCAA has made it over the next four years: a walker.
Live football is less than a week away. The Blue-White Game may not be meaningful football, but it’s something to get us through the never-ending void after early January.
It is so easy to get pumped about this scrimmage after such a long layoff. It begs the question:
What is the best case scenario for Saturday?
Based on the early ESPN Tournament Challenge results, it's been suggested that we should stick to football. However, being three well-rounded individuals, we feel any such pigeon-holing would be a disservice to our loyal fans. We each have plenty of interests outside of football. Perhaps some more annoying than others?
So, kind reader, let your voice be heard.
The Penn State coaching search has everyone baffled. How have they managed to keep everything so quiet? Is that silence a good thing or a bad thing?
It’s gotten to the point where the media’s frustrations with a lack of inside access have boiled into negative assumptions about the search.
Well, if the Jerry Sandusky scandal has taught us anything about the national media, it’s that they don’t know Jack S--t from Tommy Schutt.
So allow us in the Doghouse to enlighten you. While we don’t profess to be investigative reporters, we do know several FACTS about the coaching search. And that’s more than we can say about most blowhards.