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Normally I hate to play a team coming off a loss because it usually means a reinvigorated and motivated opponent. However losses can also be demoralizing to teams. I watched most of the game between Penn State and Ohio this weekend and I couldn't help but notice what seemed like a deflated team in the second half (especially during Mauti's speech). Do you all think the loss to Ohio lit a fire under your teams ass or was it indicative to just how deflated and demoralized the team is at the moment? Do you think your loss was more indicative of your teams talent level or to its psychological state? Thanks in advance and looking forward to a great game this weekend.
Hard to say at this point. Analysis could be made both ways, though the appearance was certainly that our team was demoralized towards the end. We'll see this Saturday if BOB manages to motivate the team.
I honestly don't know what to expect from our team this weekend vs. UVA. It could be really good (if we improve on our mistakes from the Ohio game) or it could be really bad. Time will tell.
I'm looking for our defense to play with a passion and with a fire under their arses. They did that in the 1st half vs. Ohio but the 2nd half after that fluke should've been INT for PSU that ended up in the hands of a Ohio WR and a TD, our D just fell a part. We couldn't stop Ohio on 3rd downs and they were able to do whatever they wanted on offense. Our D was tired and fatigued and it showed.
I think our offense will come around and is still a work in progress. Be ready to stop the pass because that's what this new PSU offense is all about. Throwing the pigskin.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
I think you're going to get answers all over the place. My opinion is it was a combination of three things
1) Insane offensive play by Ohio. They barely dropped any passes, they got every critical play except for one, and their QB was just on fire (75% completion rate, I think?).
2) They appeared to do less playing and more thinking. Things never felt smooth, even when the offense was clicking in the first half. New schemes do that.
3) Emotionally flattened by the late stages of the game. I don't know if it was that they were too amped up and just had nothing left late... or if the seemingly non-stop breaks going their way just broke their spirit. Each big play that went Ohio's way seemed to be just devastating body blows to the teams' psyche - fumbled opening drive, muffed punt, and finally, the volleyball-tip drill for Ohio's TD that seemed to break our spirit.
I don't expect a fire under our teams buttocks. I expect a slightly gamy team early on.... and if the breaks don't go their way, they'll do their best but they'll struggle down the stretch and the wheels will come off. 2, maybe 3 score lead when it's all said and done.
I worry the team is just emotionally drained from the past 9 months of hell that they've been through.
i expected a pretty comfortable win vs. Ohio, and it seemed we were well on our way to doing that after the first half was over.. now that the game is over, and injuries have taken a hit to our two most important positions, if PSU doesn't take a lead into half time, i don't like our chances..
I think it all depends on two things:
1. If we can win the turnover battle.
2.If our offense can play the way it did in the first half, and capitalize on scoring opportunities and sustain long drives, keeping our defense off the field.
If we do these things then I think we will be in good shape. Otherwise we go 0-2
Our secondary is very young and inexperienced so you will probably have a good deal of success throwing the ball. Defense in general is hard to read right now as there is a lot of talent waiting in the wings but we are young and inexperienced. Offense is explosive and deep. Our bread and butter is running the football with 4 very capable backs who all get time. Our QB just had a 300 yard outing with no turnovers but many are calling for our backup (a former 2nd string backup at Bama) to takeover. I will be curious to see how we approach the penn state defense and how much pressure we try to put on Mcgloin. Not sure I would bet on this one but Vegas seems to heavily favor UVA right now (-10).
The more I think about it I think this played a huge role.
Can Bill get them to regroup?
This might sound like a cop out - but we really have absolutely no idea.
Personally, I think we were one play away from beating up Ohio. If we dont volleyball set that first TD, its picked off and ran back a very long way. It's then probably 21-3 and the game is over.
Emotionally, they were drained after the half and fluke TD. You could visibly see it. Emotion dump, adrenaline dump, whatever you want to call it that's what I think happened.
I think PSU is a very dangerous team for anyone to play, but I dont know what to expect this Saturday at all.
Psu17 I agree with you 100 percent. That tip pass that went for a touchdown was the game changing moment. Ohio got fired up and we went flat. We then missed some open receivers for td's. The thing that I was most disappointed in was that we seemed to get down and then gave up.
I think the mental make up with team is going to be hard to read. In the back of their mind they know they lost a great Rb and a senior WR, they read how penn state football is down for the count, so when something bad happens they may tend to give up mentally. I think they need to have some early success against Virginia or we could be in trouble. I really look for them to bounce back.
This team is going to need a shot of confidence if it wants to compete so coming up with a big play earl could be the medicine that they need.
Pretty simple to me. If Roof continues to blitz on 95% of the plays, then every single team is going to hit those quick outs and slants and move the ball down the field at will. Also, this PSU team can not turn the ball over. 2 lost fumbles and a pick shot down PSU's momentum numerous times in that game against Ohio. Until those 2 things get fixed, it is going to be tough for PSU to win any games.
Doesnt matter, either way, we dont have enough talent to compete.
We have capable, nothing special, on our 1st units.......but we are one injury away from not good. See Morris and Belton.
We need to make big plays on both sides of the ball. We made 0 big plays, except for Special Teams. D needs to stop opponents on 3rd down. O needs to sustain drives.
Only big play for us on Sat was the blocked punt which we converted for 7. Only sustained drive was in the 1st half and led to 7.
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
sounds a lot like the team we've had the last 50 years. 1 big play, D cant get off the field, and offense showed nothing
wow, I couldn't disagree with you more.
We left 21-24 points on the field on Saturday. PSU should have won this game by 3 TD's, but made a horrific amount of mistakes.
If you think this offense showed nothing in comparison to our last 10-12 teams, then I don't know what to tell you. I can't remember the last time we had 2-3 guys open on every route (maybe 94...but not even then). I am pleasantly optimistic after seeing the game on saturday and then watching it again today.
It must be exhausting being so pessimistic all the time.
"PSU a 3 to 4 win team" - New-era, September 2012
No way this could have anything to do with the new weight lifting program. Bulk over endurance? Naw.
More than just football
The blitz was ineffective most of the game. Ohio did a great job picking them up and getting the ball out quickly. You have to adjust there, delaying the blitz, or showing blitz and dropping 7 or 8, or something different.
Are you this pessimistic in your real (non forum) life? If so, I feel terrible for your family and friends (if you have any).
Ohio's Offense is nothing like Virginia's offense.
As off as it may seem, I think we are better geared to handle Virginia's offense than we are Ohio's offense. Virginia has an offense that our front seven can make much more of a difference against.
I think our Defense is pissed off and shows up huge this week. I dont think Virginia tops 14 points. If our running game can put something together, I honestly believe we win this game.
Now excuse me while I go take a Spulv400 and wipe my New Era.
Except that sort of training doesn't emphasize bulk over endurance. But good call.
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