PSU vs MSU predictions
OK, so due to our shitty Comfort Inn in shitty Scranton, PA not having the Big10 network, I was reduced to checking my blackberry every 3 minutes during the wedding ceremony for score updates of the Indiana game. Therefore there will be no Indiana game follow up, but we won, as expected, and that is the important thing.
Michigan State comes into State College for the final game of the year for both teams. The Land Grant trophy is on the line (who cares), but more importantly, this game will decide the winner of the Big 10. With Ohio State presumably ready to absolutely curb stomp Michigan, this game will decide who gets to ‘share’ the Big 10 title this year. Bullshit that we would have to share if we win tomorrow, considering we beat the Buckeyes in the Horseshoe this year, but at least we would get the Rose bowl birth. Perhaps more important than any of the previously stated events, is the very real possibility that this is Joe Paterno’s last game at Beaver Stadium. The rumors are flying. This morning I got an email from a co-worker that works in Mississippi but is a huge Penn State fan. His cousin’s fiance owns a bar at Penn State, and he got a call from him last night saying that he had been hanging out with Kijana Carter all week, and that KiJana told him that the Blue Band had been pulled from the halftime show, and that Joe was going to announce his retirement at halftime. He said that a TON of former players, family, and friends had bought up a bunch of tickets on the 50 yrd line. This is all hearsay, and it sure doesn’t sound like Joe Pa’s style to create a distraction like that, but I guess it could happen, and I just can’t shake the feeling that, no matter how much i don’t want it to be, this is Joes last game at Beaver Stadium. I sincerely hope that all of the rumors are false, and that Joe goes on to coach until he is 120 years old, and after he dies, they take his head and put it into a jar, and let Joe Pa’s head coach for the rest of eternity, much like President Nixon’s head rules the country in Futurama.
I don’t have a terrific feeling about this game. Michigan State reminds of Iowa, only more talented. They have a great running back, a pretty good defense, and a lack luster passing game. The weather will be cold and probably shitty tomorrow, much like the Iowa game was. The only difference is that this game is being played at home, and I think that will be the deciding factor. Penn State’s offense hasn’t been the same lately, they seem to be playing too tight, all clenched up like a bitter beer face. They need to take a deep breath, and let the talent of these offensive players put points on the board. They are being stifled by play calling that isn’t playing to their strengths. Let Clark, Royster, and Green run the ball. Get the ball into the hands of Williams, Butler, and Norwood. Take a shot or two down field. Have some damn fun out there!!
Defensively, they need to quit playing scared with a lead. They need to come after it all game long. We get ourselves into a shitload of trouble when we play not to lose. Penn State fans start to get that nauseous feeling in their stomachs when Penn State is up by 6 points with 2 minutes left and our defense goes into this pathetic ‘soft zone’, and allow the opposing team to march down the field 10-12 yards at a time. Ugh. I understand that you don’t want to give up the big play, but stick with what worked all damn game.
I am sad to see the season coming to an end, but it has been an amazing year. We are only 2 points short of an undefeated season so far, and that is something to be proud of. Sure we all would have loved to see our beloved Lions playing for the National Championship, but playing for its first Rose Bowl since 1994 isn’t too shabby either.
Penn State 24
Michigan State 21