Don't get too comfortable during the bye week Nittany Lion Fans. ESPN is already digging a grave to ditch the Lions in and give a potential one loss SEC or Big XII team a shot at the title over an undefeated Nittany Lion team.
Of course, for all this to happen PSU will have to win out. So, for the rest of the post, let's just assume the Lions have done so.
The real question is: what if the Lions win out and either Texas or Alabama remain unbeaten?
One would initially think that this would be great news and that PSU would get a shot at the title. However, ESPN is really starting to push the story that an undefeated Penn State team could be hurdled by a one loss SEC or Big XII champ. I heard this position posited on College Football Live as well as on the College Football Podcast. This is sort of unnerving as College football is so Poll sensitive that the World Wide Leader could drive this story and bury Penn State's chances at a National Title. This. Is. Terrifying. ESPN is already laying the ground work for a controversy which should not exist. They are preconditioning not only the fans but also the voters with the idea that putting a one-loss team into the title game would be acceptable! What the fuck is that about!?!?!?
This is, of course, pointless to worry about until the end of the regular season. But still....I might be worrying anyway!