Thursday, October 20, 2005

Time to Move On

I'm still as distraught as any other Penn State fan after the heartbreaking loss to Michigan this past Saturday. We got screwed, it happens every single time we come close to beating Michigan, but it's time to move on. Penn State is the only team in the Big Ten that controls its own destiny- win out and we will most likely earn a Fiesta Bowl bid. If someone told me before the season started that Penn State was going to be 6-1, #12, #10 in the BCS and co-leading the Big Ten on October 20th, I probably would have doubted it. After the past two seasons, who wouldn't? And while we're all disappointed to not have beaten Michigan since 1996, we still have a lot to be thankful for and an awful lot to look forward to the rest of the season. No matter what happens from this point, Penn State will be in a bowl game for the first time since 2002. I don't know about the rest of you but my Christmas/New Year's always seems incomplete without a Penn State bowl game to look forward to. I know it's wrong to compare these but it was a lot like being without a close relative. The holiday season was still enjoyable but something familiar was missing. Well not this year. Hopefully PSU will be bowling on January 2nd. It also looks as though a potential Fiesta Bowl match up could be Penn State against one of its old time opponents such as Alabama, Notre Dame, West Virginia of the Paterno-Bowden Bowl if Florida State joined the Nittany Lions in Tempe. No matter what happens, this season should be looked back on as the re-emergence of Penn State football. Unlike the 2002 that had a strong corps of seniors, this is a very young team that may be contending for a national championship very soon. Penn State football has finally emerged from the dark ages.


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