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If you were Solich/Ohio, how would you attack Penn State?
On offense, they are a spread passing attack, which neutralizes a pass rush and aggressive LBers. In our old defensive system, the 5 to 7-yard cushion on the perimeter would allow the offense to control the ball and move the ball slowly, but surely, down the field. I'll be curious to see if Roof brings the CBs up to the LOS to prevent the dink-and-dunk, and, if so, if Ohio can beat us over the top.
On defense, they can only go by elements of the Patriots offense, but we're obviously not going to run the same offense as Tom Brady. Which leads to the probable attack - personnel. Given the dearth of returning starters on offense, the only known quantity is McGloin. While he can get on a hot streak, he has shown a tendency to make poor decisions. Can Ohio put McGloin in situations where he feels he has to beat them with his arm, or will he play within himself and simply execute?
Lastly, I have a feeling special teams and turnovers are going to play a HUGE role in the outcome of this game. We must create poor field position for Ohio's offense, forcing them to drive 80+ yards down the field instead of 50-60. Hopefully, the more aggressive defensive philosophy can generate more TOs than we saw last season, as well.
F the NCAA
F the BOT
31 - 17 psu
A lot of people posting some big numbers. I think it will be low scoring in the first half. Like 10-3 PSU. Then some scoring in the second half...
31-17 with a late score by Ohio to make it look worse...oh wait that's what always happened with the old staff. 31-6.
Belton has a great game, 18-140 rush yards, 2 TDs and 3-36 receiving yards.
McGloin looks good due to an inferior Ohio defense, 14-21, 200 yards, 2 TDs (Robinson, Zordich).
Robinson leads WRs with 5-84 yards.
Defense gives up some yards due to the spread and quick passes, but gets a couple big turnovers.
Stanley 2 sacks, Barnes 1 sack, Mauti and Amos with INTs, Hodges/Carson leads team with tackles.
Ficken 2 for 4 FGs (long 48 yards).
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I like this one.
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I think we struggle in the kicking and punting game, and as a result, leave a few points on the field and open Ohio up to some decent field position. With that said, I think the defense will come up big time and time again. Offensively, I think we move the ball pretty well with some nice long scoring drives and take advantage of a few turnovers our defense forces. I'll say 28-17 Penn State.
I agree with most, i think the offense lights it up and the defense struggles a bit....pretty much what i expect all year. Our secondary really worries me, Tyler Tettleton will make them work
PSU: 34 Ohio 24
PSU MVP: McGloin
I dont think this will be that close. Ohio is a good MAC team, but is still far inferior to PSU talent-wise. They have lost the last 7 games to BCS teams. This will be the best defense they will see all year, coupled with the crowd and the chip on PSU's shoulders. Tettleton is a good QB, but nothing special. They will get some opportunities early, and it may be close at the half, but PSU puts it away in the 2nd half.
"People ask me why I stayed here so long, Look around, Look around, I stay here because I love you all" R.I.P. Joe - 12/21/1926-01/22/2012
Belton - MVP
Is this true? And Rutgers was the one BCS team they lost to last year? LOL. And we're supposed to be nervous about this game?
“We need to keep this (expletive) together,” Mauti and Zordich to Hill
Offense struggles in first half but comes alive in the second. Derek Day late TD puts it away.
Yes it's true. Last time they beat a BCS team was in 2006 against Illinois.
And Solich is 2-11 vs BCS teams in his time at Ohio.
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35-0. Zordich vaporizes two Ohio players on the kickoff. No Ohio defensive player will challenge him as lead blocker thereafter. Mauti and Hodges decapitate Ohio's first ball carrier. Ohio forfeits during 1st quarter to salvage the remainder of their team.
"You can take bowl games and you can take external things from people, but you can't take a warrior's heart."
Not that close I say 38-10 or 38-17. Belton has a big day, Hogdes kills someone, Amos has a pick six and Mauti looks respectable for his first game back.
Tettleton may not be "special", but our secondary isn't either at this point. I think he has a nice match-up to put some points on the board and accumulate some stats
The secondary is not the only thing that will contribute to Tettleton's success/failures. He will be a facing a very good front 7, one of the best in the B1G, IMO.
The 1st team secondary is not a bad group, it's the depth that is our concern.
We should win, relatively easily, but Tettleton will be the most talented QB on the field by a wide margin. He can play.
I like our starting secondary group much better than last years actually. Amos/Morris might be the best CB duo in the B1G. However, Willis and Obeng should only be average at saftey.
I'm not drinking the Koolaid quite yet. Ohio has a decent chance to win this game. It's close to 50/50 IMO. Here's hoping I'm wrong and we smash them.
This has nothing to do with koolaid or how good of a coach BOB (and Roof) is. They haven't beaten a BCS team in 6 years! Their best team ever lost to Rutgers! We won 9 games last year literally in spite of our offense. I hope I'm not eating crow in 4 days 3 hours and 20 minutes, but the outcome of this game should never be in doubt.
I really hope we bring the corners up to the LoS! I couldn't stand watching our guys 10-15 yards back on a 3rd and 6..... Drove me frickin crazy!
I just want a win. If we lose, I'm going to have a very bad few days.
“We’re doing things we couldn’t imagine,” says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. “But we’re doing them together.”
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