Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:26 pm
Well, it's been a long long time since I've been on CBS. Just got back from a nice little "vacation cruise" and a lot has happened....
Rob Bolden. The Bolden Saga is still ongoing, but he did return for spring classes. I did not get a chance to see the Blue/White scrimmage, but I heard it was literally a wash. Bolden has all the physical tools you want in a QB, he just needs to keep his head on straight. To me, it seems like he trys to be too perfect in his play. He always wants to hit the primary receiver/route than check down, he needs to change that if he wants to run this offense. I think and hope that Bolden is the QB this year, don't get me wrong I have nothing against McGloin, but he played his best last year, I don't think he can beat that and he ended last year on a terrible note against Florida.
Recruiting. JoePa is using Skype!!!! What? I never thought I'd see that, but looking at the pictures of it, he has a HUGE monitor and I think this really helps us out with the recruits. As for the recruits, both sides of the line are going to be SOLID for at least 5 years, barring injuries, suspensions and any other trouble. Big Red has done a great job coordinating it all and Camren Williams is doing a fine job making pitches to his fellow recruits. It seems like New England has become our new "hotbed" for recruits with Silas Redd and Khari Fortt both doing a great job as freshman (both should start this year) and now adding Williams to the mix hopefully with Armani Reeves and Canaan Severin they've done a GREAT job up there!! I would like to see another DT added to the group, a few DB's and an RB. I think this class is going to be one for the ages!
Ohio State. Hard to miss this one, I guess we all had our thoughts as to some improper stuff going over in Colombus, but I didn't think it was this bad. It's definitely a good thing that Terrelle Pryor is gone, although he won't be a good NFL QB he was a great NCAA QB. As for Tressell, I think he got ousted just because of the actions of his players. Everybody gave PSU crap for the fights and marijuana charges, along with some other issues (prank phone calls, shooting arrows through walls, Scirrotto's girl) but Joe always kept his players in line. The minute they stepped out of line, no matter the skill of the player (Phil Taylor) they got what he thought they deserved. I guess if Tressell knew about this and didn't do anything to stop it, he deserved to go to. OSU will still be a force, this doesn't make them a non-factor in whatever league we're in....legends and leaders, really???
SHpITt. The Rivalry is renewed....for 2 games. Doesn't mean much to me, as i'm a newer generation PSU fan. Didn't get a chance to enjoy the hard games back in the 80's and 90's. I would rather see PSU keep playing 'Bama every year. That would be one hell of a rivalry, but of a different type. Definitely would let us know where we are on the National scale rather than just win the in-state championship EVERY year. Maybe this will shut up the ignorant Pitt fans for a little while, but I doubt it. Plus now we just get to talk about it for 5 years before it happens!!
Well, that covers about all I could think of. Let me know if I missed anything and give me your thoughts on the subjects. Back to the PSU board!
Posted on: September 23, 2008 6:31 pm
Well, before I break down this weeks games, i'm going to rank the entire conference.
Wisconsin at Michigan The Badgers come into this game with a solid running game led by P.J Hill. The Michigan defense is horrible and the Badgers will definitly take advantage of it. Travis Beckum has been injured, but to me is the best TE in the nation and a huge target for Everidge. Steven Threet is the transfer starter from nowhere for Rich Rodriguez and the Wolverines "offense", he's been beat up pretty bad so far by dismal defenses like Miami (OH) and Notre Dame. I think the Badgers will take this game easily, it's going to be a long year in Ann Arbor, but all of your young guys are getting playing time, and it'll help you in the end. Prediction: Wisconsin 34 Michigan 13.
Illinois at Penn State This is the biggest and best game in the opening week of the Big Ten, which is why it's in primetime. The Nittany Lions are calling for white out conditions at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night in what is their first test of the year. The Illini have already played a big game, a shootout with Missouri in their first game of the year. Juice Williams has shown that he can throw the ball and win some big games a la OSU last year. Penn State is looking to show how amazing their Spread HD really is. They haven't played anybody yet this year, but every fan knows that with Darryl Clark behind that solid offensive line, they've got a chance to take the Big Ten this year. Crazy conditions for this game. Prediction: Penn State 38 Illinois 24.
Minnesota at Ohio State The Buckeyes had a rough time last week against Troy, leading by only 4 at halftime. Terrelle Pryor is their starter and he's a playmaker. Some of the passes looked really rough last week, but he'll get alot of help this week as Chris "Beanie" Wells is probable for this game. The Golden Gophers are led by their signal caller, Adam Weber. Weber is only a sophomore and has a QB rating of 165. Wow. He hasn't played against a defense like the Buckeyes have, but I think he'll make some plays. Minnesota's defense has done a great job this year, but once again they haven't really played anybody. I think the Bucks early test against USC diminishes the hopes of an upset here. Prediction: Ohio State 27 Minnesota 21
Michigan State at Indiana Javon Ringer. That's why Michigan State is ranked as high as I have them. This RB is ridiculous and is making every defense look like swiss cheese. The Spartans also have good leadership but bad play at QB with Brian Hoyer. The senior only has 1 touchdown all year. Kellen Lewis is Indiana's workhorse. Lewis made mistakes as he threw 2 picks last week against Ball State and the Hoosiers are going to need Lewis to throw as good as he runs if they want to win this one. Prediction: Michigan State 28 Indiana 24.
Purdue at Notre Dame Why dont the Irish just join the Big Ten already? Anyway, Curtis Painter is the best QB in the Big Ten. He's shown his leadership in everygame so far this year for the Boilermakers. Last week the Boilermakes beat a tough, yes a tough, Central Michigan team in the waning moments of the game. Purdue's defense doesn't look too great this year, but neither does Notre Dame's. Prediction: Purdue 45 Notre Dame 28
Northwestern at Iowa This might be the most intrigue match up of the guys who don't get alot of respect. The Wildcats are led by Tyrell Sutton, the star RB. Sutton was hurt last week, but will be ready to play in this matchup. He's averaging over 100 total yards and 1.5 TDs a game. Iowa has questions at quarterback, they're trying to run a two QB system is how I take it. Ricky Stanzi is starting again this week for the Hawkeyes as they come off a 1 point loss to Pitt last week. This game will decide who the longshot in the Big Ten is. Prediction: Iowa 31 Northwestern 21.
Well that's how I see the first week of Big Ten conference play taking shape. If you disagree or have any comments as always let me know! Have a good week everybody and watch as much football as you can!
Posted on: August 30, 2008 8:17 pm
Penn State started their 2008 campaign today with a 66-10 win over Coastal Carolina. I don't understand why the Nittany Lions have these guys on their schedule while Illinois is playing Missouri and Michigan is playing Utah. Maybe the schedule will gain some strength in a few years.
Anyway it looks like Darryl Clark did a good job managing this offense and I think he went untouched throughout the game. We finished with 594 total yards, 334 on the ground and 260 through the air. Alot of respect for our offensive line today. Clark finished the game going 11/14 for 146 yards and one TD. Evan Royster had 64 yards and 3 td's while his counterpart Stephfon Green went for 89 and 2. Derrick Williams did what we expect him to do as he ran a kickoff back 89 yards for a score after the Chanticleers scored their touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Jordan Norwood led the receivers with 74 yards and a trip to the end zone.
On the defensive side of things our line looked great against this Championship Subdivision team. We limited them to 52 yards on the ground and they relied on short passes to avoid the sacks. The defense surrendered 198 yards through the air to give up and even 250 on the day. The line got to the CC quarterbacks 4 times during the game and had only one takeaway, an interception by Bani Gbadyu. I think this squard will improve next week when they get tested by the wideouts and playmakers of Oregon State.
Overall it was everything I thought it would be. We dominated the line of scrimmage and ran all over them, throwing only to show that we could. Defensively I think Tom Bradley just played some basic packages, saving the good stuff for the good teams.
Coming up: Next weekend we play Oregon State in Happy Valley, kickoff is slated for 3:30. The Beavers opened their season with a loss to Stanford. They showed that they had some big playmaking wide receivers and a good amount of speed. They had 3 turnovers and gave up 210 yards on the ground. I look for us to once again run the football very well and get pressure on their QB's to make them have some mistakes. This team has talent, they just need to piece it together. Should be an easy victory for the Lions. My prediction is the Lions to take control early and finish it with a score of 38-20.
In other news the Buckeyes beat Youngstown St. today with ease, but had a scare when their star RB, Beanie Wells left with a foot injury. I guess he's fine and ended up with over 100 yards on the day. Michigan lost another season opener, this time to Utah. The Utes controlled them for the first 3 quarters before Michigan put up 13 in the final frame to end the game at 25-23. Northwestern beat the Syracuse Orange 30-10, we'll see both of those teams later this year.
Well that sums it up for now! Hope you enjoy the stats and my take on things!!