PSU handled Syracuse very easily. Though it wasn't the blowout many expected the game was never in doubt. The Lions would've shut the orange out but for Newsome's late fumble giving the Orange an opportunity to get on the board against the second string defense.
Seriously though, the running game didn't look any better this week than it did against Akron. PSU fans need to thank our lucky stars that we have another cupcake to try to get things in order on the ground. Should PSU manage to get the ground game going the Lions might just deserve the top ten ranking they currently hold (a ranking of like 10-11 is probably more realistic estimation of how good PSU is right now.
On the bright side, the passing game looks great (though we need it too look great). Royster is proving himself to be a very reliable receiver. Clark is a very good quarterback, he would be great if he stopped trying to force the ball into some tight situations. A real running game might not hurt either. The Lions haven't run any option thusfar in 2009, could they be holding that wrinkle of the offense out until conference play?
This Defense is strong to very strong. They only gave up 200 yds of total offense to the Orange and at times looked dominating. Lee hasn't missed a step after returning from a major knee injury. PSU is only giving up 7 pts per game and has given up 8 first downs this year. No, not 8 first downs a game. The Nits have only given up 8 total first downs. If the secondary continues to improve, than this team will be very good. I would also like to highlight how good a player Astorino is; he is a beast who has a nose for the football and plays with disregard for his own well being. Plus, Stupar is really playing well giving Bowman an opportunity to get ready for conference play.
I just want to let you know that the rest of this is going to be about the Buckeyes and the Wolverines.
Thank God the Wolverines won this week. The Big Ten needs the Wolverines to be good.
Ohio State put up a good fight but ultimately succumbed to USC. I think Ohio State is still a good team and will be a tough contest for the Lions in November. However, can we stop talking about Terrelle Pryor being one of the best players in college football? Ok, good. I'm glad we agree.
GO State! Beat Temple!