Category Archives: PSU Football 2009

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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