We Are…

I think Penn State is going to win on Saturday. I think they are going to win and I am not the only one who thinks so.

I realize I could be completely wrong about this. I realize The Tide my roll right over us and our true freshman QB and inexperienced D.

But, you know what, I don’t think they are going to. Honestly, I am not overly impressed with Alabama (or any SEC team this year). I think we have the ability to stretch the field with our experienced receivers. If Evan Royster can get any type of running game going, we are going to be in this thing.

The hard part for me, and lets get this out of the way early this year, is if Penn State loses, season over. With the ridiculous system we have, one loss (Hi Virginia Tech) or one big win (Boise State is not the third best team in the country) you make or break your season. The system sucks, and takes an ostrich like ability to place one’s head in the sand to be able to enjoy the sport that I love so much.

I could take a few minutes and link back to all my old posts about the need for a playoff and the B.S. that is the B.C.S, but I just don’t feel like it right now.

All I know is, at 7:00 pm on Saturday, I know where you can find me.


4 comments on “We Are…

  1. jb says:

    Good points. They like to say that with this system “every game counts.” No, actually very few games count. Once a bubble team loses, none of their games count. For example, BYU was touted as an outside NC team after they upset Oklahoma. After they lost to Florida State, beating OU didn’t matter anymore.

    BTW, I find it interesting that your reductionist view (breaking down the teams by position) results in a pessimistic view, while your optimism is based on holism.

    Don’t worry, I’ve long held that college football is my outlet for irrationality. 🙂

  2. jb says:

    Oh, and building off our conversation last night…

    “Every Games Counts”(tm)

    ESPN has scores for 759 regular-season games from 2009.

    34 of them were two ranked teams playing each other:

    Oregon Ducks (16) at Boise State Broncos (14)
    Georgia Bulldogs (13) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (9)
    Brigham Young Cougars (20) at Oklahoma Sooners (3)
    Alabama Crimson Tide (5) at Virginia Tech Hokies (7)
    USC Trojans (3) at Ohio State Buckeyes (8)
    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (14) at Miami (FL) Hurricanes (20)
    Nebraska Cornhuskers (19) at Virginia Tech Hokies (13)
    Miami (FL) Hurricanes (9) at Virginia Tech Hokies (11)
    USC Trojans (7) at California Golden Bears (24)
    Oklahoma Sooners (8) at Miami (FL) Hurricanes (17)
    LSU Tigers (4) at Georgia Bulldogs (18)
    Nebraska Cornhuskers (21) at Missouri Tigers (24)
    Alabama Crimson Tide (3) at Mississippi Rebels (20)
    Florida Gators (1) at LSU Tigers (4)
    Cincinnati Bearcats (8) at South Florida Bulls (21)
    Virginia Tech Hokies (4) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19)
    Oklahoma Sooners (20) at Texas Longhorns (3)
    USC Trojans (6) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (25)
    South Carolina Gamecocks (22) at Alabama Crimson Tide (2)
    TCU Horned Frogs (8) at Brigham Young Cougars (16)
    USC Trojans (5) at Oregon Ducks (10)
    Texas Longhorns (3) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (14)
    LSU Tigers (9) at Alabama Crimson Tide (3)
    Ohio State Buckeyes (16) at Penn State Nittany Lions (11)
    West Virginia Mountaineers (25) at Cincinnati Bearcats (5)
    Utah Utes (16) at TCU Horned Frogs (4)
    Iowa Hawkeyes (10) at Ohio State Buckeyes (11)
    Stanford Cardinal (25) at USC Trojans (9)
    California Golden Bears (25) at Stanford Cardinal (17)
    Utah Utes (21) at Brigham Young Cougars (19)
    Oregon State Beavers (16) at Oregon Ducks (7)
    Florida Gators (1) at Alabama Crimson Tide (2)
    Texas Longhorns (3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (22)
    Cincinnati Bearcats (5) at Pittsburgh Panthers (15)

    Which leave 725 games that didn’t matter. Maybe the BCS’ motto should be: “4.4% of the games count.”

  3. terry4505 says:

    I literally have to willfully ignore the reality that none of it matters in the end.

    I chose to instead just enjoy the games each week, and block from my brain the truth, that “The Most Exciting Regular Season in Sports” is anything but.

    How can every week be a playoff, when Boise State will have played one “playoff game” (V.T. being the only team they play all year that could realistically be considered a ‘playoff team’) and coast the rest of the way to the N.C. game.

    It really is frustrating. I really do believe that Penn State has a chance in this game though. They beat LSU in their bowl game last year. Beat a 9-4 Tenessee team in the outback bowl in ’06, and Beat an 11-1 Florida State team in the ’05 Orange Bowl.

    Joe Paterno teams win Bowl Games (except what happend against USC two years ago where we were just out classed). This is a bowl game for PSU. We played Youngstown last week, and Kent State and Temple the next two weeks. Whereas Alabama plays Duke next week followed by #14 Arkansas and #24 South Carolina. We have nothing to look down the road to, this game is our season. Alabama sees us as nothing more than a speed bump.

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