#21 Penn State vs. Ohio State: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Last week, the Penn State Nittany Lions played their first game after the biggest story is sports history unfolded on their campus. It led to their first Big Ten loss of the season. This week they’ll take to the road for the first time in the wake of the PSU pedophilia scandal, and face the team they knocked off the front page of the college football scandal sheet- the Ohio State Buckeyes.

There are four big traditional powers in the Big Ten, two of which (these two right here) are going to be down for awhile as they are programs in disarray. Of course, the level of disarray and the fallout yet to come is a million times worse at PSU.

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#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.”

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Penn State Places Coach Mike McQueary on Administrative Leave

Heads are rolling at Penn State. Joe Paterno is obviously the most marquee name, as his dismissal caused demonstrating and rioting. The Athletic Director, V.P. of Finance and University President are gone too. Yet Mike McQueary, the current wide receivers coach and then graduate assistant who actually witnessed one of the alleged anal rapes, is allowed to stay?

(BREAKING UPDATE: After 4PM ET, 11-11-11, the University placed McQueary on administrative leave for the rest of the season)

The ONLY third party witness to one of the child rapes, who didn’t even tell the police about it; instead he just told his dad, and then his occupational dad, JoePa, is somehow still allowed to coach? Where’s the justice in that?

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Why Isn’t the Big Ten Network Covering the Penn State Situation?

Last night, as the Penn State board of trustees met to discuss the firing of Joe Paterno, and a press conference with a trustee was broadcast live, ESPN and CNN covered the event. When PSU students took the streets and some even flipped over a television news van, both cable networks had cameras rolling and talking heads squawking.

At the same time, Chicago-based BTN, which stands for Big Ten Network, did next to nothing when the biggest story in conference history broke. They just continued to replay taped, old college football games.

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.

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