Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans

Happy Senior Day! It’s the last chance to see Paul Posluszny, Tony Hunt, Tim Shaw, Levi Brown, Donnie Johnson, Jeremy Kaponis and others play at Beaver Stadium.

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LAST WEEK

Penn State ran through Temple like Charlie Weis through a buffet. It simply was not fair. More

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS

You throw the records out the window when the Land Grant Trophy is on the line. Or is it your record yourself throwing the Land Grant Trophy out the window? I can never keep it straight. While the trophy is much maligned the “rivalry” has been more interesting than many series. Generally, games tend to be high scoring and very close or absolute blowouts.

This is a particularly extreme year for the bipolar Spartan program, best illustrated by their loss to Notre Dame. Unlike the Nittany Lions, Sparty had the Fighting Irish on the ropes with an upset in the making. They choked in a big way though, blowing a three score lead which sent their season into despair. They showed signs of life against Northwestern though, coming back from a 38-10 defict to win. That was not enough to save head coach John L. Smith’s job; he will coach his final game in green and white will be Saturday.

NO RANKING

Check back in 2007.

PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Tom Bradley, Galen Hall Press Conference Transcript

    IMPORTANT ARTICLES

  • be at Beaver Stadium for game vs. Michigan St.AP/CDT
  • Michigan St. staggering into finalePatriot-News
  • ‘Poz’ leads on and off fieldCDT
  • Posluszny leads to the endThe Collegian
  • Posluszny back to his 2005 formPatriot-News
  • Brown a bright spot on offensive lineCDT
  • Penn State offense has opportunity to break outCDT
  • Lions hope for Senior Day winThe Collegian
  • Paterno defies timeThe Collegian

    BEANO WATCH

    Carroll H. Cook (Pitt ’54) had a little bit to say about the Nittany Lions this week.

    John (Boston, MA): Hey Beano, Did you hear they moved Paterno’s College Football HOF induction ceremony to Dec ’07- because he wont be allowed to attend this year?

    SportsNation Beano Cook: Yes, this is true. It is a shame that Paterno and Bowden will not be honored together on the same stage. I look forward to Paterno being able to attend next year. He clearly deserves such a lofty honor.

    It is really just a shame for Bowden, who will not get to bask in the glory of Paterno.

    TELEVISION

    ESPN2 has the game at noon in a national telecast.

    TAILGATING

    The plan is to tailgate before and after the game in lot 12/13. Brunch will be served before the game and hamburgers and hotdogs will be served after the game. Hot beverages will also be available. Parking may be an issue though.

    WEATHER

    Cold, but dry, high only 46°. Dress warmly. This might be the second best weather of the season.

    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

    You never know if Michigan State has taken their meds, so this is typically a scary matchup. However, I expect Penn State’s defense to dominate in Posluszny’s final home game. Normally, I would say a linebacker of his caliber would tackle an opposition player, kill and butcher him with his bare hands, and devour him right on the field, but as well all know, Posluszny is a scholar and a gentleman so that won’t happen. Perhaps Dan Connor will fill that role next year. Anyhow, I’ll take Penn State 31-16 over Michigan State.

    IN CLOSING

    Go STATE, beat Spartans!

  • Author: WFY

    Yet another Washingtonian pushing the ubiquitous Nats/DC sports, Penn State, commuting, bicycling, kayaking, broomball, skiing, gin & tonic agenda.

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