Nittany Lion fans may need to come to terms with something very disturbing: Nobody wants the Lions to play for the MNC but you. (caveat for this article is assume PSU wins out. thanks for the willing suspension of disbelief).
ESPN is clearly salivating for a SEC vs. Big XII matchup. Oddly, so is everybody else. I was listening to EDSBS live the other day and Peter Bean and Orson Swindle both took the position that an undefeated Penn State team should not get a shot at the title. Now, I would agree if PSU, Texas, and Alabama all remain undefeated. However, this conversation was about how a one-loss team would get a shot at the title while PSU gets shut out.
For the record: I want a playoff. I hate Jim Delaney. The Big Ten should have a title game. However, I have heard arguments for the current BCS system explained this way: It makes the regular season exciting because it makes each of those games a "playoff" game. I think I've even heard this argument from Mr. Swindle. Now, if the regular season is a "playoff" why should PSU be excluded? They beat everyone in front of them. Each team in a normal playoff has a different road to the title game and PSU would have taken care of all their games while other teams faltered. Of course there should be an actual playoff, however, with the BCS as it is now, PSU should play for the title over ANY ONE LOSS TEAM!
When It comes time to howl about an actual playoff, I shall stand beside you with a pitchfor while we storm Jim Delaney's scary castle.
GO STATE! STAND YOUR GROUND!