Penn State falls to #7 in AP and Coaches Poll

 

AP TOP-25 1. Alabama(59) 8-0 2. Georgia(2) 8-0 3. Ohio State 7-1 4. Wisconsin 8-0 5. Notre Dame 7-1 6. Clemson 7-1 7. Penn State 7-1 8. Oklahoma 7-1 9. Miami 7-0 10. TCU 7-1 COACHES POLL 1. Alabama(65) 8-0 2. Georgia 8-0 3. Ohio State 7-1 4. Wisconsin 8-0 5. Clemson 7-1 6. Miami 7-0 7. Penn State 7-1 8. Notre Dame 7-1 9. Oklahoma 7-1 10. Oklahoma State 7-1

No. 6 Ohio State rallies past No. 2 Penn State

 

#6 Ohio State 39 – #2 Penn State 38 In what was a thrilling classic with major College Playoff implications, No. 6 Ohio State outscored No. 2 Penn State 19-3 in the 4th quarter to rally past Penn State for a 39-38 come from behind win. J.T. Barrett starred in crunch time, completing his last 16 passes, throwing 3 touchdown passes in the 4th quarter and going 33-39 for 328 yards and 4 TD’s in the win. Ohio State had trailed for over 57 minutes before a Barrett 16 yard TD to Marcus Baugh with 1:48 remaining in the 4th quarter put the Buckeyes ahead by one. For Penn State the first half could not have gone better with a 28 point half. Saquon Barkley took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and the Nittany Lions kept pouring it on, taking leads of 14-0, 21-3 and then 28-10Read More »

A gigantic day for Pitt, another reality check for where Penn State’s program is headed

 

Pitt made a point all week to embrace the renewal of a rivalry with Penn State. The Nittany Lions on the other hand tried to downplay the first meeting with Pitt in 16 years as just another game. It was clear in the first half which team had the adrenaline rush going of a rivalry game. Pitt stormed out to a 28-7 lead, while a Penn State rally in the second half fell short in a Pitt 42-39 win. For Pitt, they gashed Penn State on the ground as James Conner recorded 117 of Pittsburgh’s 341 rushing yards. In front of 69,000+, Pat Narduzzi got the most significant win of his tenure as Pitt coach and the program’s most prominent win in many years. Almost every Pitt season there is talk locally of whether Pitt can evolve into an elite football problem. Unless Urban Meyer is coming through the door,Read More »

James Franklin is failing miserably at developing an offense under Christian Hackenberg

 

Penn State Football. Mediocrity on the Football Field, all hype off it. That’s the best way to look at the football program under James Franklin so far. They have a top-15 recruiting class, top-5 next season and Franklin in James Franklin fashion has been perfect in selling the program to anyone who will listen that it’s only a matter of time before the program returns to prominence. He’s been the perfect coach off the field in Penn State transitioning out of the Jerry Sandusky PR mess, except on the football field, which is what matters at the end of the day with Penn State no longer tied to sanctions. The honeymoon isn’t going to last much longer for Franklin following the disaster Penn State was Saturday afternoon in losing to Temple 27-10, the first time Penn State lost to Temple since 1941. At Penn State you don’t lose to Temple.Read More »

Hackenberg has all the tools but might be a better NFL prospect than college quarterback

 

2015 SCHEDULE ‘ Sat, Sept 5 @ Temple Sat, Sept 12 vs Buffalo Sat, Sept 19 vs Rutgers Sat, Sept 26 vs San Diego State Sat, Oct 3 vs Army Sat, Oct 10 vs Indiana Sat, Oct 17 @ #1 Ohio State Sat, Oct 24 vs Maryland Sat, Oct 31 vs Illinois Sat, Nov 7 @ Northwestern Sat, Nov 21 vs Michigan Sat, Nov 28 @ #5 Michigan State OUTLOOK A soft schedule and one of the nations best defenses in 2014, the Nittany Lions are being pegged by some college experts as a sleeper in the Big Ten and a potential 10 win team. Penn State’s first six games see them face Temple, Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army, and Indiana before a showdown with No. 1 Ohio State on October 17. Penn State’s win probability in their first six games is 63% or better in all six games.Read More »

Joe Paterno will once again be the winningest coach in major college football history

 

Joe Paterno once again will officially have the most wins in NCAA history as his 111 wins that were revoked with the Jerry Sandusky scandal will be restored. A new agreement which is expected to be approved, will restore Paterno’s status as the winningest coach in major college football history with 409 victories. Joe Paterno's 111 wins are restored with NCAA settlement. Joe has most wins in major college football again pic.twitter.com/49xi0Ia5Fh — John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) January 16, 2015

Latest Buzz: Ray Rice released; Penn State is now bowl eligible

 

A new video released by TMZ of Ray Rice knocking his fiancee out, has thankfully led to the Ravens finally terminating Rice’s contract today. Social media is quite powerful, good and bad at times, but this was a situation where the power of social media was enough to finally see Ray Rice get what he deserved; Released from the NFL and likely never playing an NFL game again. The NFL also announced this afternoon Rice has been suspended indefinitely. He’s never going to play another day in the NFL. Whether the Ravens and NFL actually saw this video remains up for debate but until today their continued support of Rice was sickening and disgusting, especially the Ravens and Roger Goodell buying Rice’s story that he was defending himself. Even if the Ravens didn’t see the video, what did the Ravens organization think? Rice’s fiancee slipped and fell? It’s sickening toRead More »

An Icon has Fallen: Joe Paterno fired over the phone

 

The Penn State Board of Trustee’s announced tonight that the school has fired head coach Joe Paterno. Paterno announced on Wednesday that he would retire after the season, but to no surprise the university’s board of trustees decided that Paterno would be fired and not allowed to continue as coach effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been named interim coach. John Surma, the vice chair of the board of trustees said, “these decisions were made after careful deliberations and in the best interests of the university as a whole.” Surma though was peppered with why fire Joe now and could not come up with a good answer, constantly saying that the move was in the “best interest of the school.” Paterno’s retirement at seasons end had no bearing on the trustees decision and in the end, they didn’t want Joe to go out on his own terms and beRead More »