2006 WWN PENN STATE PREGAME #9

Penn State Nittany Lions at Purdue Boilermakers

After a win that felt like a loss, Penn State hits the road with a 5-3 record. This is only the second trip to Purdue this century.

Yes, it does get harder to do these things when the team is playing poorly.

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LAST WEEK

Penn State was lethargic for most of the game, but the defense, aided by some key dropped passes, kept the Illini out the end zone long enough to get some turnovers and let the offense wake up a little bit. Most troubling sign — the defense scored 9 points in the redzone, the offense 7. More

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: PURDUE BOILERMAKERS

This is only the second time Penn State has visited West Lafyette in the 21st century. Penn State owns the series, losing only once.

Purdue and Penn State have identical 5-3 records. Neither team has beaten anybody of significance and both have some weaknesses. Not surprisingly for Purdue, it is the defense. For Penn State it is the offensive line. Last week, Purude’s offense couldn’t do anything and lost to Wisconsin. Penn State’s couldn’t do anything aganist Illinois, but found a way to win.

NO RANKING

Penn State is still unranked in the major college polls and will be for sometime. The next opprutunity to get back in is winning the next two games. They probably aren’t the best 5-3 team in the country.

PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Transcript | Audio (Fight On State)

    IMPORTANT ARTICLES

  • Purdue’s no longer league’s hot programPatriot-News
  • Nittany Lions’ line still seeking unityCDT
  • Lions look to become bowl eligibleThe Collegian
  • Purdue, Penn St. both need win to boost bowl hopesAP/CDT
  • PSU wideouts stoke fire in hopes of increasing productionCDT
  • Football: Penn State needs to get more mileage out of Morelli, receiversPost-Gazette
  • PSU Football: Purdue quarterback battles with inconsistencyPost-Gazette
  • Penn State vs. Purdue: The MatchupTribune-Review
  • Penn State dogged by questionsCDT

  • Lions lucky to be in runningThe Collegian

    BEANO WATCH

    Carroll H. Cook (’54 Pitt) had nothing to say about Penn State again. The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

    TELEVISION

    The contest is being televised in the northeast and upper mid-west by ABC, coverage starts at noon. Coverage map

    MORE COVERAGE

  • Penn State Football Official Site – from the “Kremlin”
  • CDT coverage
  • Patriot-News coverage
  • Post-Gazette coverage
  • Tribune-Review coverage
  • 50 Yard Lion Blog – an Altoona dentist; daily (Patriot-News)
  • PA Sports Blog – mostly recruiting, if that is your thing
  • NittPickers – fans who work for the Patriot-News
  • No Cheering Aloud – sportswriters at the Patriot-News
  • Nittany Lines Blog — sports ed. from The Morning Call
  • Jeff Rice’s blog — PSU football beat writer at the CDT
  • Ask Jeff Q & A (CDT)
  • Monday Morning QB – Steve Smith (CDT)
  • FightOnState.com — free
  • Blue White Illustrated — Phil Grosz, subscription required

    PREDICTIONS

    Penn State’s defense is better than Purdue’s offense. Penn State offense is good enough against Purdue’s defense, but it is still close. Penn State wins 27-20.

    IN CLOSING

    Go STATE, beat Boilermakers!

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