#3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #23 Penn State Nittany Lions: Brutally Honest Game Preview

College football has really done a much better job of pre-conference scheduling these days. Last week we had two national title contenders squaring off in the Oregon Ducks vs. LSU Tigers, and another solid offering in the Boise State Broncos vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.  This week is significantly weaker, but if this is as bad as the slate gets- I’ll take it.

Because next week you have LSU in another marquee game, this time versus conference foe, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. And two top 5 teams in the Florida State Seminoles vs. the Oklahoma Sooners. Sprinkle in a few conference games here and there, and before you know it- it’s conference season already the next week.

This game is an oddity before it even begins- both have a QB controversy, despite both teams having one signal caller clearly out-performing the other in week one.

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Penn State Linebacker U Tradition Continues with Michael Mauti

The University of Illinois, is sometimes called “Linebacker U.” And although they have a strong tradition at that position –producing Dick Butkus, the whose name is on the award given to the nation’s best player at LB- Penn State University has a much richer history of linebackers. You can make a case for the University of Miami being Linebacker U as well, but I’m going to go with State College on this one.

Thirteen men who played the position at PSU have been named All-American; a superlative no other University can touch. There are currently six former Nittany Lions playing LB in the NFL. The next one to likely join them is junior Michael Mauti, who could be a 3rd-5th round draft pick in 2012.

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#29 Penn State Nittany Lions: College Football 77 in 77

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Every year at Big Ten media days, JoePa on dais is one of the biggest highlights.

There is always the token ghoulish question about his health/age. It happened again this year. He has a good time with reporters on it. And I’m not sure how much of his confused old man bit is contrived and how much of it is genuine.

-JoePa when asked about his contract: “Is this the last year of my contract?”

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