#12 Penn State Nittany Lions #19 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Brutally Honest Game Preview


Darren Rovell's photo Penn State's logo today (via @Quickish, @n2st)

Penn State news that actually focuses on college football? Hhmm, yeah, we’ll try.

It’s hard to think about football when you have a campus in mutiny due to the firing of one of the game’s biggest icons. And that firing was justified because of the university’s looking the other way while a defensive coordinator raped children.

It’s also harder to preview this game when Penn State cancelled their weekly press conference. But alas, we will talk about football. It’s SAD and PATHETIC that PSU is “carrying the flag” for the Big Ten conference. They’re the highest ranked team, the only team with just one-loss and the only squad undefeated in conference play.

So, until further notice they are the Big Ten’s (sigh) “best team.”

Nebraska Cornhuskers Analysis:

Watch the video above. That’s what happens when you have non-sports media reporting on sports stories. but can you blame CNN? ESPN overall did a good job, up until the night of the firing, when they kind of reverted to form (i.e. sports marketing station, NOT a sports news station)

In the meanwhile, BTN, which is supposed to stand for Big Ten Network, did next to nothing when the biggest story in conference history broke. They had zero coverage of the board of trustees meeting or the riots and demonstrations in State College, instead they just ran a simple crawl at the bottom of the screen explaining that JoePa had been let go. That’s all.

The BTN choose to just continue playing replays of old college football games instead of showing us what’s going on at one of the conference’s marquee universities! Remember, the campus is in chaos, and the man who’s namesake adorns the league championship trophy is chased from his job in disgrace- would have been a ratings bonanza for them.

What does this have to do with Nebraska? Welcome to the conference boys. Welcome to the BTN.

Penn State University Radio reported a rumor last night that senior players will refuse to play Saturday in protest of Paterno’s firing. That will no doubt help the Huskers, if true. I’ll believe it when I see it though. PSU is certainly getting the Huskers at the exact wrong time.

They’re no doubt pissed about that upset loss to Northwestern. They don’t often lose at home, and now their BcS chances are in serious trouble. Running back Rex Burkhead was held to a season low in rushing yards last week. Therefore, he’ll have much to prove this week. And this game will certainly be a match-up of the ugliest quarterbacking stats (PSU) vs. the QB with the ugliest throwing mechanics in history.

From now on, I’m not calling any woman ugly again. I’ll just say she looks like Taylor Martinez’s throwing motion.

Penn State Nittany Lions Analysis:

Fired Penn State President Graham Spanier is a big shooter with the BCS. Can we take this opportunity to fire the BcS too?

“Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” – Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face

I think you know who that quote applies to. Make no mistake, this is one of the worst one-loss teams in history. The Illinois special teams gave them that last win. PSU did not win it. Also Penn State beat lowly Indiana by a whopping 6 points this year. And another question- why the hell is Mike McQueary still there?

Now I am pissed off about JoePa being fired, if he gets the guillotine while McQueary still walk? Where’s the justice in that.

Prediction to be taken with an entire truckload of salt, not a grain of salt: NU 31, PSU 17 (2010-11 prediction record 33-18)

What if Penn State makes the Rose Bowl? Or the Big Ten championship? If they win two of their last three that can happen. And if the Legends division winner stumbles versus Silas Redd and company in Indy…today you have a new “America’s team;” whoever’s playing PSU. The Lions likely won’t get to Indianapolis however, They are only where they are due to their schedule. It’s been weak; now they’re getting into the actual strength.

Even if they pull the 3.5 point upset at home on Senior Day, Wisconsin will KILL THEM in Madison two weeks from now, and Ohio State should beat them the week in between; in what should be the most boring, lowest scoring game in conference history. And then what bowl committee takes Penn State?

Bowl selection is all about marketing, branding, a football game that you can sell. In other words, it’s all about a bunch of non-football things. Who wants Penn State in this scenario?

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  1. Wow, this is a real HACK journalism. You must have dirt on your editor for that to get through and posted.

  2. “A Fulbright scholar and MBA”??!!??!!???,

    For someone with such high credentials you write like a jerk. If Penn State wins, will you admit that you are a jerk? Even so, you are taking this out on the student athletes, then again I am the only one to post a comment, no one is reading your articles anyway. Pencil pusher punk.

  3. you can’t read “brutally honest game preview” then tell me “i write like a jerk.” you know what you signed up for by clicking the link

  4. and yes what a strong, controversial stance that is to take- being against child rape.

  5. You are a complete idiot. Paterno knew a small child was being raped and did nothing but tell someone then looked the way for a decade. Your university did the same. This is why I didn’t attend PSU after visiting the campus. Too many D-bags.
    Did you actually just compare a news caster not doing enough to paterno not following up on child rape?

  6. The boys in the Nebraska back line had better be on guard against penetration by PSU’s explosive forwards.

  7. I think the BTN did the correct thing by not getting sucked into the cesspool of reporting that has come from many outlets like this one and ESPN. How is any of this sports news? It is about child molestation by a very sick man (who was not a coach in 2002) and the administration of the University (above Paterno) that did not report something they obviously should have. Please tell me what this has to do with football whatsoever?

  8. what does this have to do with football? HELLO! it’s a business, like any business, and football is the product. ANy time the CEO, the VPs and middle management are all fired at the same time, that may not be about “the product” and instead the business and politics of it, but that’s when it’s more about the product than ever!

    for more about why this is about football in the end, read the comment by Fayth on this one


  9. didn’t you guys get upset at all the homer reporters at the board of trustees meeting? all their hostile questions towards the board that made them look like PR reps for PSU instead of objective journos?

  10. No, football is not the product of Penn State. You forget that it is something called a University. The school has branches all over the Commonwealth, a law school and a medical school. And it is a major research institution. You would have your readers believe that the only thing valuable and worth the administration lying for is football. That becomes an even worse argument when you consider that 2002 was in the middle of some of the worst years the program has gone through. I hardly think it was in the position of power to “rule” the University. If the incident were witnessed by a graduate assistant in the physics department and reported it to a professor who in turn reported it to the administration who buried it would you be even reporting it on this site? Of course not, why does it make a difference that it was witnessed and reported within the football program vs the physics department? Would idiots be talking about shutting down the physics department for two years? Would “reporters” be spouting of their stupid opinions and labeling is as “news.” most certainly not.

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