Blue White Roundtable: Bloomington is more isolated than State College

Run up the Score! has this week’s questions.

1. Two consecutive games, two dominating performances by the Nittany Lion running game. Why the drastic change in production?

Several things happened — Deadwood Austin Scott got himself kicked off the team (though he should have been benched for good), Rodney Kinlaw turned a switch on, Evan Royster got some carriers, the offensive line gelled and perhaps most of all, they faced weaker defensive lines.

2. Since the departure of Tom Osborne before the 1998, Nebraska quickly fired Frank Solich, hired a bad NFL coach, and on Monday fired its Athletic Director. Is there any way to avoid this sort of fiasco when Joe Paterno eventually retires?

I don’t see Penn State spending the money for a big name NFL coach, so that point is moot. They will most likely stay within the family which could mean the current staff or someone who has played or coached at Penn State previously. Tim Curley will probably be the AD until he reaches retirement age and then move into a cushy fundraising position or something similar. Outside of a scandal, I don’t see Penn State being in any hurry to replace him.

3. Terrelle Pryor is on the verge of crossing Penn State off his list, if he hasn’t already. Does Penn State absolutely have to sign a quarterback in this class, or can we afford to wait until next season?

Probably, but I am not going to use any energy in worrying about it.

Lightning Round

Describe a scenario in which Penn State ties for the conference title. Obviously, Penn State has to beat Ohio State. What other dominoes need to fall?

Winning out is necessary, obviously. Ohio State has to lose elsewhere, Michigan needs to lose twice and everything else has to break just right. It isn’t impossible, but seems unlikely.

Will Penn State have its typical lazy start in a noon road game?

I think they’ll do a little better than normal and maybe get a field goal on their first possession.

Score prediction?

30-19 Penn State. Indiana gets a lot of yardage as the Nittany Lions defense bends but doesn’t break and gives up field goals.

More responses:

There Is No Name On My Jersey
Black Shoe Diaries
The Nittany Line
The Nittany Notebook

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