A couple of thoughts from yesterday’s 66-10 thumping of Coastal Carolina, and some other Big Ten thoughts.
Catching the replay on the Big Ten Network, I love how cordial and much more friendly Joe Paterno seemed in talking to BTN sideline reporter Kenny Jackson. For those of you scoring at home, Jackson is a former PSU great and among the best receivers to play under Paterno.
Speaking of the BTN, someone should slip a memo to analyst Glen Mason that any quarterback would look comfortable in his first regular season game if his team was up 52-7. Repeatedly yesterday Mason said that Pat Devlin looked comfortable out on the field, and while he may have, when he’s comfortable in the huddle and making plays down 21-14 and in need of a score, that will mean much much more.
About the game itself…
I’m still not sure why Clark and Royster and the starters opened up the second half. That would have been a perfect time to get Devlin more reps and by extension Paul Cianciolo more reps later in the game.
Will the secondary be able to contain the Oregon State duo of Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales? All due respect to Coastal Carolina, this isn’t Chanticleers walking into Beaver Stadium next weekend.
What is the playing time situation between Daryll Clark and Pat Devlin next week? Will there be an “even” amount of reps between the two? Can Penn State afford to go away from Clark if he has a hot hand, they are moving the ball and scoring? Probably not just to get someone else in the game.
About the rest of the Big Ten…
Could the conference have laid a bigger egg than yesterday?? I mean Illinois was nearly heroic in defeat and that was an amazing second half to watch, but as far as a national stage for week one, Michigan State, Michigan and Illinois are three duds today.
I can almost give Illinois a pass because of who the opponent was. Raise your hand if you really expected the Illini to KO Chase Daniels and Missouri…anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Michigan State, a team many feel can be a surprise in the Big Ten this season looked awful and had to play catch up and failed all night long against California.
And Michigan? Wow. That looks like a 4-5 win team. I’ve been of the idea that they would be a team no one wants to play in say November or even late October, but that was an awful, awful fourth down call trailing Utah by two with time winding down yesterday.
When the “best” victory is Ohio State over Youngstown, that pretty much sizes up the weekend doesn’t it?
Speaking of the Buckeyes, hopefully Beanie Wells isn’t out for a significant length of time (IE: he plays against USC after being held out of next week’s game against Ohio U.) That guy is a special talent.
By the way, how did this happen? Maybe it’s a good thing Arkansas St. was taken off the PSU schedule in favor of Oregon State afterall?