fair point that
Hoke: Jake Ryan is getting closer -- believe me, he's wanting to play. He's been cleared by doctors to play.
Just noticed that Mark Snyder has some comments about the upcoming game against PSU up at our friends the Free Press, and got to wondering what observations others have to make about the Nittany Lions.
It looks like Penn State's defense got exposed a little against Indiana, and we all know that they are down. But I assume a fairly stiff test and a pretty full house for a game between these two traditional powers this week.
Snyder notes that establishing Funchess makes us less one-dimensional in the passing game, but that the run game, while better, has yet to really establish itself as a serious threat. He also observers that Minnesota's QB showed we may be vulnerable up the middle on defense (though Leidner was tough, and only needed to fall forward a few yards to get positive yardage against us, from what I observed).
I have not watched PSU play, but am itching to start obtaining a fix on next Saturday. Any ideas about how we stack up in these areas against PSU, on how it may go more generally against them?
Get well soon Ondre!
For anyone who will be heading to State College this weekend (or has traveled there in the past), where are the best places for the general public to park and tailgate?
I just saw that you can purchase a parking pass for the game ahead of time, but that deadline has already passed. Are there lots that anyone can park in where people can grill, toss around the football and enjoy themselves? Also, what time do lots usually open?
Any insight is greatly appreciated.
Per my note last week, I have switched this over to focus more on the in-conference play now, so if the numbers seem wildly different, it is because everyone only has one or two conference games under their belt at this point, so at least for now, the meaningful analysis might be somewhat limited. All the same, this is your Monday opportunity to see how everyone in the conference is doing right now.
It should be noted that the divide here is not perfect – last week, a few teams already had one conference game in the books, so this is rather a reset because I think there might be more interest in this part of the schedule.
SCORING OFFENSE AND DEFENSE:
We’ll just shoot right to the bottom here – Minnesota and Purdue share the dubious honor of the worst scoring performances to date. They are also a comfortable 8thand 11threspectively in scoring defense as well, which goes a long way towards their "0-fer" starts in the Big Ten part of the schedule. The differential chart is sort of self-explanatory in that a few of the negatives are in fact the losers from this past weekend.
TOTAL OFFENSE AND DEFENSE:
Here again, you see the rocky start of Minnesota and Purdue, but the top of the offensive yardage chart probably is not a shock to anyone. Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin have not had much trouble moving the ball all years, with the difference being Wisconsin is much better at not giving those yards right back, if you will. The differential chart clearly denotes the in-conference progress of Boilerquest.
RUSHING OFFENSE AND DEFENSE:
There’s not a whole lot to glean from these stats until we’re deeper into the conference schedule. One thing that is at least consistent here is the top rushing teams on offense are more or less the same from the non-conference schedule. Also, Boilerquest.
PASSING OFFENSE AND DEFENSE:
Perhaps thankfully, here’s something Purdue can be proud of – they do not have the worst passing defense in the conference. They also don’t throw it a lot, at least not with any consistent success, so there is also that. Indiana and Penn State threw it a lot over the weekend, but then by at least Penn State standards (but in line with Indiana standards), they gave up a lot of yards in the air too.
As we’ve discussed in other diaries, if you lose this battle, you’ll have enormous trouble winning the game, and you can see that here. The team with the worst performance in conference play overall, as you can see on the differential chart, is questing to be a terrible Boiler.
These may not mean much until later on either. Still, here is what it looks like.
Turnovers will appear next week as well, and probably first down differentials.
It seems like all season this year the refs have been even worse than normal, such as in the ASU vs Wisconsin game earlier this year. This past week in college football saw three game changing calls go to official review, and on all three, there was not evidence to overturn the call on the field. Which call was the worst by the refs?
Was it the fumble by Texas vs Iowa State that would've clinched the game for the Cyclones?
Was it the questionable spot by the refs in the 4th and 1 for Northwestern that would have kept their drive alive vs OSU?
(Sorry, Youtube is a blocked site at my office so I am unable to embed anything other than pics or gifs here, so here's a sad Kain Colter instead)
Or was it the trap/catch in the Washington vs Stanford game that potentially gave Stanford the win when this was ruled no catch? (again couldn't find this in gif form, only picture).
For my vote, I'm going with the Iowa State vs Texas one as the worst blown call of the week, and I think Iowa State's coach agrees with me given his explosion at the refs Thursday night in his press conference. But I think the Northwestern vs OSU one was also pretty awful, and had to be heartbreaking for those in attendance. I know that I was screaming at the TV on that one.
What do you guys think?
Also, if anyone can embed the videos for #2 and #3 here, I'd appreciate it! I would if youtube weren't blocked at my office.