Thursday, October 06, 2005

Make or Break for Penn State This Weekend

It has been a long time since Penn State has played a game of this magnitude. I keep racking my brain, trying to think of a game that had so much riding on it for both teams involved. While everyone this week has been talking about how a Penn State victory would truly restore Nittany Lion football to glory, a loss for Ohio State would end their hopes of a national championship season and perhaps their shot at the Big Ten title with Michigan State looming after Penn State and Michigan in Ann Arbor to end the season.

Some interesting news has surfaced regarding Penn State this week:

  • Starting LT John Wilson is out for the season with a knee injury. Andrew Richardson, who started several games last season, will take over as the starter. If he struggles, don't be surprised to see the staff go to one of the outstanding lineman signed in the Class of 2004.
  • Joe Paterno cancelled all (4) official vists this weekend. Apparently he did not feel that the staff could handle a game of this magnitude and properly conduct official visits. However, the Lions have some very big recruits who will be attending the game on unofficial visits. I'm sitting on the fence with this issue. A win over Ohio State is a bigger recruiting tool than almost anything else right now and if these kids truly want to be Nittany Lions, they will reschedule. However, Joe should have given sooner notice to these recruits and not caused some hurt feelings.

Check back tomorrow for my indepth Ohio State-Penn State preview.


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