B1G 2011 // Penn State Cocktail Party Preview: See You in the Gator Bowl?

THE PENN STATE COCKTAIL PARTY PREVIEW

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PSU at a glance...

First Season: 1881
Head Coach: Joe Paterno (45th Year, 401-135-3)
All-Time Record: 819-357-43 (.689%)
2010 Record: 7-6 (4-4 Conference)

Penn State was low-profile in 2010. Losses to OSU, Iowa, Alabama, and MSU came as expected and save for the amazing NW comeback, little unknown came of the Nittany Lions 7-6 season, including the Florida bowl loss. We knew the QB situation would be unstable...it was. We knew the defense could hold its own because PSU defenses always hold their own with toughness, great talent, and a tried and true scheme...and they did for periods. We knew Penn State might not be able to score enough to win big games...they weren't. If pressed, I'm sure many would have guessed the defense would give up a few more points than usual because of the offense's ineptitude...308 points given up (the most by a PSU defense since 1983) proved this point emphatically.

The Debate Rages in Happy Valley: Bolden, McGloin, or...?

Because the run game hasn't been DOMINANT dominant for awhile, PSU absolutely NEEDS a quarterback who can avoid mistakes and keep the offense on the field. But who's it going to be? Would you feel comfortable sitting Rob Bolden, someone who may be a year away and wanted to leave Happy Valley? Does that sound like someone you want to sit behind "game manager" (read: weak armed) Matt McGloin? Where do Kevin Newsome and Paul Jones fit? The quarterback position, arguably the most important on the field, has truly taken a front seat.

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Some Broad Questions, Comments, Ideas

Joe Pa is still coaching. It is not his last year. You don't know when he'll retire...or if he'll retire. Shut up, please.

Tom Bradley is still coaching. Coaching stability.is.so.damn.important. As long as he roams sidelines at the Beav and patrols recruiting for PSU, JoePa's players are in good hands.

The finishing few weeks of the 2011 football schedule are a bitch for the Nittany Lions. In a row: Illinois, Nebraska, OSU, Wisconsin. Welcome to the New B1G, try to leave with 7 wins (maybe)!

Bama Hawkeye says a 7 win PSU team goes to the Gator Bowl. Is this disappointing or just about right?

So...about the injuries. Here is the BSD discussion, apologizing for injuring players limbs and tendons via a Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx-ish impact...

Ok, so BSD doesn't have such a good track record so far with this spring practice series. We've already taken out Brandon Ware and Curtis Drake directly, and even spooked poor Pete Massaro just by writing that Jack Crawford needs to step up, but this week we're narrowly avoiding the spiteful injury gods (knock on wood or anything else you do to dodge jinxes). So far, Justin Brown, Kevin Haplea and Garry Gilliam have ducked the wrath, so your intrepid authors push on, with .... RSJR Linebacker Michael Mauti.

Mauti will be a leader on the always tough as shit linebacking corps, a unit that surprisingly fell asleep during stretches in 2010.

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In the cupboard...
Total returning starters:
16 (8 Offense, 8 Defense)

2011 Schedule:

Date Opponent
09/03/11 Indiana State
09/10/11 Bama
09/17/11 @Temple
09/24/11 EMU
10/01/11 @Indiana
10/08/11 Iowa
10/15/11 Purdue
10/22/11 @NW
10/29/11 Illinois
11/12/11 Nebraska
11/19/11 @OSU
11/26/11 @Wisconsin
12/03/11 Big Ten Championship

 

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This week...

MONDAY | Penn State Cocktail Party Preview

TUESDAY | Point/Counterpoint

WEDNESDAY | 4th and 3

THURSDAY | OTE Potluck

FRIDAY | Keeping the Enemy Close - Rival Blogger Interview

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