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Saw this mentioned in another thread, and I wanted to see people's thoughts on the topic.
PSU has seemed to play better on the road than at the Beav. I don't think I would've ever imagined that for this team, or any other PSU team, being more successful away from the Beav than being there. Maybe I'm just getting caught up in wins and losses, and the fact our home schedule this year is much rougher than our away slate, but I don't need to tell y'all how much PSU has underperformed on the road in the past.
Anybody have any thoughts on why that is?
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You touched on this, but it's quality of opposition. The best team Penn State has played on the road this season is ... Iowa??
Joe beat the guppies on the road, too. He didn't blast them out of the water the way he did at home (or the way O'Brien is now). The big road games were where he really, as Dave Jones loves to say, would "turtle up."
This week's road opponent should -- SHOULD -- actually have some teeth.
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It has seemed to me that we haven't been as sharp at home though. Maybe that's because I'm watching the home games in person, but I haven't felt like we're executing as well but getting stopped by a quality opponent. At home I'm seeing McGloin with bad reads, dropped passes, and the OL with some poor execution at times. So far IMO we haven't executed assignments nearly as well at home as we have on the road.
Is this true or am I still not giving the strength of schedule enough credence?
It's not a criticism but I wouldn't be surprised if they feel more pressure to perform at home given the circumstances. It's a reflection of the team's care and awareness, but it can have a negative effect too.
I think most of what you say is true and I would also add that four of the first six games were at home. There's no question this team has improved greatly since the start of the year; had there been more road games in September and early October you might have seen a lot of the same problems in those games.
I still think guys were too jacked up for the Ohio State game. There were a lot of big plays to be made early in that game and Penn State couldn't make them. There have been missed assignments in every game, but Penn State has made big plays on the road to overcome them. Not as many at home, with the exception of the fourth quarter vs. Northwestern.
That's one thing I was thinking as well. The team came into the season with an underdog, us vs. them mentality, which is more fitting on the road than at home.
Another thing to consider is what Jeff wrote about after the OSU game: communication issues. The team expects them on the road and prepares for them. Not sure how much they prepare with noise for home games.
I agree, Texas - I don't feel that the quality of opponent has been the issue. The team simply looks cleaner, crisper on the road. Maybe fewer responsibilities for BOB and co. (not having to cater to recruits on the road, etc.) also contribute?
I don't know...against both Ohio and OSU, it was our post halftime performance that really let us down. We ran out of gas in both games. That can be a biproduct of being too hyped early, but we were also beaten by the oppositions halftime adjustments in both.
It's an interesting situation, to me at least. That much adrenaline has to be a positive to some extent, run faster and hit harder, but the letdown is inevitable.
Hopefully we come out sharp against Nebraska, we could use some momentum to keep the boys' chins up.
There have been some bumps in the road for BOB's first season for sure. This is not a criticism, just an observation, but BOB has shown that when things get tough or tight, he would rather pass than run. IMO This leads to things getting a little out of balance in the play calling, because BOB goes to McGloin whenever he feels things are getting uncomfortable or not going to plan.
Maybe that's because our RBs haven't been great, no offense to Zwinak or Belton, or maybe it's because McGloin has shown enough to BOB that he trusts him over the RBs in most situations. It's interesting to watch though, for me at least.
Spot on analysis Jeff. Not only has the team improved as the season wore on, but the coaches are also getting to know each other and their position players' strengths and weaknesses. This is a maturation process. The difference in the coaching next year will be amazing to see, even with the personnel limitations.
I would also echo your comments re: the Ohio St game. The expectations got ramped WAY up after they throttled Iowa on the road. That was a mistake, a big one, and the posters here reinforced my feelings about it as the week wore on.
One other comment regarding the coaching, it was mentioned above as to Joe's "turtling up" in big road games. Well Purdue wasn't a "big" road game, but it was ominious given the coming off a home loss. Yet it was so refreshing to watch the CBs just fly up and blast their WRs on those attempted bubble screens. THAT was simply the result of coaching 'em up.
We played at UVA. Not a good game. I know Ficken the goat for that one, but the O and the coaching staff should shoulder as much blame as Sam.
Purdue I just don't get. They should have beaten OSU. Could have beaten ND. I expected a fight on that one. Are they really that bad? We that good? I guess in teh middle....
With Purdue, they have some nice pieces, but they have a very, very poor coaching staff.
They absolutely should've beaten OSU, but IMO that meltdown started at the top.
Yep. They've got some very good pieces, but their problem is definitely coaching and the level of talent surrounding those stars.
"Turtle up!" I love it Jeff. HaHa
It used to irk me off so much under the old regime whenever we faced an equal or better foe, the staff would sit on a lead playing prevent a victory D and we lost so many of those close game to high ranked teams.
I like "turtle up" b/c I used to comment that any time PSU got into a close game with a lead the coaching staff would collectively shut their sphincters with an audible SNAP! "Turtle up" fits that sentiment perfectly. Sphincters collectively snapping shut just gives "Turtle up" an audible sound to go with the collective turtle/sphincter visual.
This post was edited by psufankc63 20 months ago
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
Turtling (it's a verb now) up is fine...if you've got the linemen and the ability to pound it down teams' throats no matter what. We haven't had that in a while.
I think the poor second half adjustments against Ohio and OSU were largely due to O'Brien being a rookie head coach that got outcoached by Frank Solich and Urban Meyer, two guys that have been successful head coaches for a long time.
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