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Revisiting 2009 Penn State football predictions

So, I’ve been a little late in revisiting the 2009 Penn State Football Predictions. Oops.

The predictions came via the Altoona Mirror and Town & Gown’s Football Annual.

Soothsayers (11-2)

Philip Cmor, Altoona Mirror
Cory Giger, Altoona Mirror
Neil Rudel, Altoona Mirror
Mark Brennan, FightOnState.com
Ben Brigandi, Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Todd Brown, WPHB-AM 1260
Neil Corbett, Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice
Kim Moerschbacher, Lock Haven Express
Walt Moody, CDT
Rich Murawski, The (Clearfield) Progress
Mark Wogenrich, Allentown Morning Call
Andy Elder, Blue White Illustrated
Neil Geoghegan, Journal Register News Service
David Pencek, Football Annual
Rob Schmidt, Football Annual

Irrational Exuberance (12-1)

Brian Cox, Lewistown Sentinel
Sean Fitz, Blue White Illustrated
Frank Bodani, YDR

The underestimators (10-3)

Todd Irwin, Altoona Mirror
Jon Christoff, The (Clearfield) Progress
Tom Elling, Pennsylvania Football News
Chris Morelli, Blue White Illustrated
Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mark Brennan, FightOnState.com
Bob Flounders, Patriot-News
Matt Herb, Football Annual
Derek Levarse, The Times Leader

From the comments:

Stefanie
The Maryland Bureau Chief

No bowl game (10-2)

Rich Scarcella, Reading Eagle

The soft bigotry of low expectations (9-3)

David Jones, Patriot-News

My prediction (11-2)

I’m a soothsayer too.

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Capital One Bowl prediction: Penn State vs. LSU

Over the last few days, I made up my mind that Penn State would beat LSU today in the Capital One Bowl. Then, I saw that Jinxy, Dave Jones of the Patriot-News predicted a Nittany Lions victory as well. Uh oh. Midstate Man is going to be really upset.

Penn State has the better defensive line and maybe an even better offensive line, if that can be believed. The Nittany Lions also have a better, more experienced quarterback in Daryll Clark who has his legacy on the line whether he likes it or not. LSU has better wideouts, but Penn State’s are not too shabby. They also have the advantage of having played on less than ideal fields and the turf at Florida Citrus Stadium or whatever it is called, is awful. That favors Penn State. The blue and white also have better linebackers, but the Tigers have the better secondary. The one major mismatch — LSU return man Trindon Holiday. He is scary fast, as in 100 meter sprint champion fast. Kick away from him and he can’t hurt as much. P Jeremy Boone needs to be on his game today.

Regardless of what Jones says, I am sticking to my gut and predicting a victory for the Nittany Lions.

PENN STATE 23
LSU 17

GEAUX STATE, BEAT TIGERS!

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Penn State: Walk-on Tom Golarz is playing through liver disease

MIKE LOPRESTI – Illness has Penn State walk-on facing bigger opponent off fieldUSA Today
Until this morning I was somehow unaware of Tom Golarz. The Penn State walk-on special teams player is on the team despite living with sclerosing cholangitis, the same liver disease that killed Walter Payton. Golarz was diagnosed at 17, so he is hoping he can live a long enough for better treatments to help him out. A transplant is likely someday, but he is hoping to avoid it.

Look for #39 in tomorrow during the Capital One Bowl, that’s Golarz.

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Penn State: Capital One Bowl getting closer

Gameday approaches – #11 Penn State faces #13 LSU on Friday at noon (ABC) in the Capital One Bowl. Here is a link dump:

DT Brandon Ware won’t be there, he was left behind for a “violation of team rules.” DT James Terry a frosh, isn’t there either. – Patriot-News

Earlier this month was media dayIntercollegiate Athletics

Nittany Lions rode roller coasters at Universal Studios – Patriot-News

Sadly, Sean Lee has one game left as a Nittany Lion. He is really going to be missed for a lot of reasons. – CDT & Tribune Review

LB Navarro Bowman is probably gone after Friday afternoon too. – YDR

LSU returner Trindon Holiday = nightmare fuel. – Patriot-News

The Nittany Lions are worth $99 million (Altoona Mirror), not that they are for sale. Your old seat locations though…

True frosh CB Stephon Morris is bigger than his 5-7, 170 lbs frame. His story is a good one. – Patriot-News

DT Jared Odrick is one of the best Penn State has ever had. – Post-Gazette

QB Daryll Clark isn’t happy about fans talking about his legacy. (Black Shoe Diaries)

His Chevy Lumina is pretty messed up (VIDEO) after an non-injury accident earlier this month that wasn’t his fault. – Fight On State

England native and Jersey Shore product Jack Crawford, the defensive end, is becoming self-aware (York Sunday News). Be afraid offensive linemen.

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Todd Blackledge interviews Joe Paterno

Paterno Exclusive Interview Pt. 1ESPN
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is interviewed by one of his best quarterbacks, Todd Blackledge. They won the 1982 National Championship together.

I have not watched these yet, but I am eager to see what these two Penn State greats have to say to each other.

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Paternomas: A new holiday for Penn Staters

Paternomas hat!
A while back in a moment of of whimsy I came upon a new holiday idea — Paternomas! Since Joe Paterno‘s birthday is December 21, why not set that day aside for giving Penn State gifts to each other and singing carols i.e. Fight on State, The Nittany Lion, etc., wearing Penn State clothes, eating Penn State food and sharing the joy of being a Penn Stater.

I know its short notice, but how about it Nittany Nation?

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Another Rutgers to the Big Ten suggestion

DAVID JONES – Big Ten expansion talk? Again?Patriot-News
The Big Ten is looking at adding a 12th team again, but only over the next 12-18 months. The list of candidates is numerous but there is not another Penn State-type school out there that brings the complete package of tradition, academics, fanbase, new territory and television market to the table. Obviously, they’d love to add Notre Dame, but that seems unlikely unless NBC loses interest in broadcasting Fighting Irish home games. Jones thinks Rutgers is the best possible choice as it gets the latter two — the populous state of New Jersey as well as the gigantic New York television market. He oversells the campus (I’ve been there and it reminded me of George Mason) though. Rutgers football tradition pretty much amounts to two things, albeit great ones — birthplace of college football and Paul Robeson. I think Rutgers would be hard-pressed to do any better in the Big Ten than the Big East, so I would be surprised if they accept an invitation.

It would be nice having a natural rivalry for the Nittany Lions though.

Jones also points out why Pitt and West Virginia don’t make a lot of sense (no significant new TV markets and they don’t fit the Big Ten profile for campus or academics, respectively) to add. I don’t have strong feelings about it frankly and think in the end, the Big Ten is going to conclude that there is no ideal 12th team.

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Penn State: Early LSU, Capital One Bowl previews

LSU fans are ho-hum about 9-3 record, Capital One Bowl berthPatriot-News
LSU provides perfect consolation prize for PSUThe Collegian
LSU has offensive line problems, great linebackers, a strong secondary, a scary kick returner and suspect late-game coaching from Les Miles. The Capitol One Bowl is a big challenge for the Penn State Nittany Lions — LSU isn’t that far removed from two national championships and are 4-0 in bowl games under Miles. This is an excellent opportunity for the Nittany Lions for a big win.

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Blue White Roundtable: Pre-Capital One Bowl edition

Blue White Roundtable has risen from the dead! Devon Edwards of Nittany Whiteout provided the main questions. I asked the primary BCS one. Frankly, I think it should have been Zombie Nation, given the “hiatus.”

1. Penn State finished off this season with 10 wins, but lost the only two games that were really in question. What will your lasting memory of the 2009 season be?

I am afraid my lasting memory of the 2009 season will be the Iowa game. It was so dispiriting to see the Nittany Lions lose to them again and in the fashion they did with the offensive line completely submitting to Iowa’s d-line.

2. Though they miss out on a BCS Bowl, the Nittany Lions will face off with a highly ranked SEC opponent in a New Year’s Day bowl. What are your initial thoughts about the matchup with LSU in the Capital One Bowl?

It seems like a good matchup, two big name programs in slightly down years. LSU has lost three games, but two of them were to Florida and Alabama who were #1 and #2 in the BCS they played each other. This is an opportunity for a quality win to validate the season and Daryll Clark’s legacy.

Plus LSU coach Les Miles is ballsy/batsh*t crazy enough to possibly give Penn State the game on a bizarre coaching decision. Of course, it could go the other way too, but the possibility of a entertaining, chaotic game is very high with LSU.

3. When it’s all said and done, where will Daryll Clark rank among Penn State QBs? What will you remember about Clark thinking back on the 2008 and 2009 seasons a few years from now?

I really cannot say how Clark will rank, since he still has one game to play. At the beginning of the year, I was thinking a great Penn State quarterback, but I think he’s been downgraded to very good. He needs a win on Jan 1. if he is to truly be considered a great QB. Still, he is only the third Penn State QB to win a Big Ten title and that counts for a lot. He was certainly hampered by a bad offensive line this year and he gets too fired up sometimes. Overall, I’ve enjoyed his tenure at QB and hope he elevates himself to great status again.

4. Which seniors are you most sad to see go? If you could bring one of them back in 2010, who would it be?

I am saddest to see OLB Sean Lee go because I don’t think he was able to maximize his potential due to injuries. A healthy Sean Lee probably would have been greater than Dan Connor and not far behind Paul Posluszny. By the way, I think if Navarro Bowman comes back he could exceed Connor and Lee, but that seems unlikely.

I wouldn’t mind having Clark back next year since his understudy has no experience. I’ll also miss MLB Josh Hull, who exceeded all expectations. DT Jared Odrick was a beast whose value we’ll probably appreciate even more next year after he is gone. P Jeremy Boone will also be missed.

5. What are your feelings on the Fiesta Bowl matching up the two undefeated mid-majors, instead of setting up Iowa-Boise State and Georgia Tech-TCU matchups? Does it support a playoff argument?

I think the Fiesta Bowl is setting up for sending the message of “we tried having mid-majors and the TV ratings were terrible and the stadium didn’t sell out, so we won’t do it again” but we’ll see what happens.

This season, with five undefeated teams going into bowl season, is the strongest argument for a playoff yet. I just wonder how long until the backlash really starts hurting college football. This might be the year.

Lightning round

1. Do either Bowman or Royster (or both!) skip their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft?

I wouldn’t be surprised if OLB Navarro Bowman doesn’t return to Happy Valley after the bowl game, he’s gone. Though another year would do him a lot of good as a player, I can’t argue a decision to follow the money.

I think RB Evan Royster sticks around, even though the offensive line next year won’t be great on paper.

2. Who wins the MNC Game, Alabama or Texas?
‘Bama

3. Will you be heading down to Orlando to watch the Capital One Bowl live? Who wins?

I will not be in Orlando, I’ll be at work. I think Penn State pulls it out, despite a 1-3 record in Orlando.

4. Predict the draft stock of the following Nittany Lion seniors:

  • [Bowman/Royster] –Bowman 1st Royster (stays at Penn State)

  • Jared Odrick — late 1st
  • Sean Lee — 3rd
  • Andrew Quarless — 4th
  • Dennis Landolt — undrafted
  • Daryll Clark — 5th
  • Mickey Shuler — undrafted
  • A.J. Wallace — undrafted

Bonus question: How does the BCS work?

The Bowl Championship Series was created to maintain the status quo for the four major bowls, the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta and keep the major conferences; Big Ten, SEC, Big XII, Pac-10, ACC and Big East plus Notre Dame (when they win enough games) in contention for the mythical national championship. Basically, it freezes out smaller conference teams and keeps the power and money with the big teams/conferences. Essentially, those four bowls and six conferences created a cartel that other conferences have trouble breaking through. Some say simply “It doesn’t work.”

The roundtable

2 the Lion FOOTBALL
Zombie Nation
Nittany Whiteout
Penn State Clips
Happy Hour Valley
The Nittany Line
We Want the Lion
Nittany Lounge

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Penn State: Daryll Clark co-winner of Silver Football (Big Ten MVP)

Split decision for Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football TrophyChicago Tribune
Penn State QB Daryll Clark is a co-winner of the Tribune Silver Football trophy, awarded annually since 1924. Also winning the award is Michigan DE Brandon Graham. This is the first year that the Silver Football has been a tie. The voting comes from the 11 Big Ten coaches. Both Clark and Graham had three first place votes and one second place vote.

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