Blue White Roundtable: Penn State vs. Purdue

This week’s questions from Adam Collyer at Black Shoe Diaries

BSD: How satisfying was that win against the Hawkeyes?

WFY: That was an extremely satisfying win, perhaps the most so in several seasons. From my recap:

It has been a long time since a Penn State football game was as fun as the one on Saturday. The Nittany Lions reverted to crog-magnon football — fun the up the middle over and over again. They did it for the best reason, because they could. The PSU offensive line had perhaps its best game since the 2007 Outback Bowl when the stream-rolled over the Tennessee Volunteers. Late in the game, the Lions pounded the ball down Iowa’s throat 10 straight times before a McGloin 2 yard touchdown pass to TE Kevin Haplea. Slias Redd, Curtis Dukes and Joe Suhey combined to have only run less than 4 yards as the Hawkeyes were worn down. It was beautiful.

BSD: Rob Bolden played two series during the Iowa game. Has the staff actually settled on a QB? Do you expect to see Bolden off the bus first against the Boilermakers?

WFY: I think the staff has settled on a quarterback. The head coach on the other hand…

We may see Bolden first, but we’re not going to see a lot of him unless he leads a touchdown drive or Matt McGloin really struggles. This has got to be awkward for all involved, except for maybe Paterno who seems oblivious.

BSD: Curtis Dukes. Discuss.

WFY: Great chance of pace from Silas Redd — I love the thunder and lightning of the two. Sometime, I would like to see Dukes start and see Redd as the change of pace back.

BSD: Purdue comes into Beaver Stadium off of a big win against maybe the worst team in major college football. We know they’re capable of running the ball. How much trouble do you expect them to give Penn State’s vaunted defense?

WFY: I think Purdue will score more than Iowa did, but some of that is the typcial noon kickoff malaise. Can Purdue run outside? They’ll need to try that because the inside is taken care of by Devon Still. The defense will probably give up more points, maybe an early touchdown and then adjust accordingly.

BSD: Predictions.

WFY: Greeks will get new windbreakers. Penn State will come out flat. Everything the alumni Blue Band plays will be better than what Guido D’Elia pipes in. Bolden will start. Mike Zordich will get really fired up after a short run. The Nittany Lions will be intercepted. Sorrority pledges will sit on a cold sidewalk Thursday and Friday. Penn State wins 24-16. Adam Tailiaferro will be an awesome Grand Marshall.

The Roundtable

JoePa’s Doghouse
Nittany Whiteout
Nittany Lions Den
The 50-Yard Lion

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