Showing posts with label Polls. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Polls. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Great Expectations?

The off-season is the time for speculation and dreaming of the glory that awaits in the coming season. That's why we posed a question regarding how Penn State was going to fare in the 2010 season.

The possible results were that Penn State wins the following number of games: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12?

Over 180 votes later, 22% of our readers think that PSU will win 8 games. 35% believe that PSU will claim 9 victories and that 21% are convinced PSU will win 10 games. Any of these outcomes are perfectly plausible.

Personally, I think that PSU will win 8 games this year based on the facts that PSU is inexperienced at quarterback and unproven on the offensive line. This, combined with the fact that PSU has a murderous road schedule leads me to believe that PSU is going to fall 4 times this year.

However, the folks who believe that PSU will win nine games aren't really optimists, rather, they simply believe that PSU will win all the games in which they are favored. Certainly not unreasonable position. Really, nobody should be surprised regardless of the outcome of this season.

One thing is for sure, this season should be a great ride.

LET'S GO STATE!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How Will the Lion's Fare?

The off-season has been thankfully quiet which has left us with little to talk about since the Blue/White game. However, now that the preseason magazines are out it really has me thinking about expectations for this year's season.

What can and should we expect out of the 2010 Lions? The Lions certainly have a tough schedule with three intimidating road games. One must also remember that the Lions have a number of unknowns coming into this year; QB and offensive line being the most glaring. This is not to say that these areas will be weaknesses, however, we simply do not know what we will get.

Which leads me to ask, how many games will PSU win this year?

Eight wins is a very safe bet with up to nine wins being a good year, ten wins being a great year. Likewise, PSU has a real potential to win six or seven games. So, cast your votes to so we can see where the Blue-White Faithful stand.


How many games will Penn State win this year?
6, already on the ledge.
7, a bit of a Eeyore.
8, I've accepted my fate.
9, fired up!
10, Drinking the kool-aid!
11, nothing can stop us!
12, Screw you, I LOVE PSU!
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GO STATE! BEAT THE PENGUINS!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Galen, Jay, and FOWLER!

Who would you most want to have as an assistant coach/coach of the future?


Shouldn't you fellas be watchin' what happens on the field? Don't worry, I have to say that to Herbstreit all the time!

Via, oddly enough, Jay.

Who Would You Rather Have As An Asst. Coach/Coach of The Future?
Galen
Jay
Fowler
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I'm not sayin'. I'm just sayin'. If you are picking the guy who looks the most like an awesome head coach in waiting I think we all know who we would choose.

GO STATE!

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Polls SHOULD Piss You Off!!!!

As most of you already know, Texas Tech hurdled Penn State in the BCS standings. BSD is counseling for patience and they are probably right. I, however, am fucking pissed off. (as an aside, BSD has very good reasons why you shouldn't be pissed off. However, I am filled with a blinding white rage. What patience I had dissolved a while ago.)

Texas Tech? Seriously? What the fuck is the matter with these computers? Penn State is still ranked #2 in both the Harris and Coaches Poll. But these Texas Tech yahoos are #2 in the BCS? Where the fuck do you figure they make up the points? Texas Tech has played the following teams so far this year:
Eastern Washington
Nevada
Southern Methodist
Massachusetts
Kansas St.
Nebraska
Texas A&M
Kansas
Texas
Oklahoma State
Oklahoma
Baylor
And you think PSU was ducking people in the out of conference schedule? Seriously? But now we will gladly hand over #2 to these fucking pretenders?

Texas Tech is a fine offensive freak show but National Title contenders they are not. Their biggest test was an exhausted Texas team who they got to play at home. Odds are, they will be beaten in similar high-scoring, wet-tissue defense game against Oklahoma State next week. Right now, however, I am pissed off.

This is a TT team that gave up 24 points to Eastern Washington, the same team who was taken to the wire by a terrible Nebraska team (37-31).

No, no! They are clearly the second best team in the Country! Why would I be pissed? I'm happy for them. Nope, totally happy. Especially because TT's head coach is clearly a genius. I mean, observe:
"Oklahoma State is now the biggest game in the history of this year."
Via Double-T Nation
Riiiiiight.

Obviously, none of my ridiculous rantings will have any effect. PSU still needs to go out and take care of business over the next three weeks. Maybe this is exactly what the Lions need to refocus the Lions on the task at hand. Still. Yeah. I am fucking pissed.

GO STATE! BEAT IOWA!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Reactions to Wisconsin

Penn State is a very good football team. That is the # 1 thing you should take away from this game. It is premature to go beyond this point, however, Penn State is in the driver's seat for the rest of the year. This is in large thanks to some great wins by other teams around the country. Thanks to Texas, Ok.SU, and Florida the Lions are now ranked #3 in both the AP and Coaches poll.

The offense looked like a well oiled machine despite Clark's statistical struggles early and a case of the dropsies amongst the wide receivers.

Special teams were huge contributing not only a TD from D-Will but also great field position for the Lions all night. Derrick Williams is quickly becoming the most exciting player to watch on a punt return in college football. He seems to have two distinct settings:
1. Take it to the house;
2. Nearly create a costly turnover.
Still, it is fucking exciting to watch.

The Defense is what won the game for the Lions. The Lions defense played a tough style of game stifling a powerful Wisconsin running game. The Defense was also able to pressure the QB very effectively. And Aaron Maybin is an absolute beast as he comes around the corner. He looked dominant at times.

Penn State looked great and ,while this may not be the best Wisconsin team PSU has ever faced, the Lions got another quality win, on the road, in a hostile environment.

I am very excited for the rest of the season.

GO STATE! BEAT MICHIGAN!

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Paterno Replacement Index

Is a cool little poll being run over at FightonState. It is certainly worth checking out.

GO STATE!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

PSU = #25 in Coaches Poll

Top Twenty Five, BABY!

PSU comments on it here.

More reactions on the season to come, we have plenty of time. But that is a pleasing finish. Also, Note that Oregon St. is right behind us. That should be a great OOC game in early September!

GO STATE!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Pre-Season Polls

The USA Today coaches poll was released on Friday and, while I wasn't blogging about it, I did stumble across a copy of USA Today. For the most part, I don't have any gigantic problems with the polls. Below, I'll try to turn a critical (drunkenly-retarded) eye to this most recent poll.
2007 preseason poll
Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2006 Record
Points
Final 2006 rank
1.
Southern California (45)
11-2
1,481
4
2.
LSU (4)
11-2
1,372
3
3.
Florida (9)
13-1
1,278
1
4.
Texas
10-3
1,231
13
5.
Michigan (2)
11-2
1,218
9
6.
West Virginia
11-2
1,205
10
7.
Wisconsin
12-1
1,114
5
8.
Oklahoma
11-3
1,026
11
9.

Virginia Tech

10-3
1,005
18
10.
Ohio State
12-1
919
2
11.
Louisville
12-1
836
7
12.
California
10-3
763
14
13.
Georgia
9-4
604
NR
14.

Auburn

11-2
595
8
15.
Tennessee
9-4
583
23
16.
Rutgers
11-2
466
12
17.
UCLA
7-6
454
NR
18.
Penn State
9-4
440
25
19.

Nebraska

9-5
388
NR
20.
10-4
360
16
21.
Florida State
7-6
301
NR
22.

TCU

11-2
233
21
23.
Boise State
13-0
222
6
24.

Hawaii

11-3
214
24
25.
Texas A&M
9-4
209
NR


Others receiving votes (with 2006 records)


Boston College (10-3) 150; Georgia Tech (9-5) 150; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 91; Notre Dame (10-3) 90; South Carolina (8-5) 90; Wake Forest (11-3) 71; Missouri (8-5) 58; Oregon State (10-4) 52; Brigham Young (11-2) 47; Clemson (8-5) 30; Oregon (7-6) 30; South Florida (9-4) 26; Texas Tech (8-5) 20; Alabama (6-7) 16; Oklahoma State (7-6) 15; Southern Mississippi (9-5) 14; Iowa (6-7) 12; Kansas State (7-6) 8; Memphis (2-10) 5; Houston (10-4) 4; Arizona (6-6) 1; Duke (0-12) 1; Kentucky (8-5) 1; Washington State (6-6) 1.


I didn't generate this, USA Today gets the credit.

First, there are some interesting trends to note/power rankings to divine from this earliest poll. The Big Ten has 3 teams (Mich., Wisc., & Tosu) in the top ten compare that to 2 SEC teams(LSU & FL), 2 Big 12 (Okl. & Texas) teams, 1 Pac 10 (USC) 1 ACC (Va-Tech), and 1 Big East (W. Va). Seems like a good argument can be made that the Big Ten is the toughest conference in college football. Sorry SEC. Maybe you are saying, "JB, does this hold true throughout the top 25?" And you are partially correct.

Well, lets take a look. The Big Ten only has one more team in the Top 25 (PSU) giving them a total of 4 ranked teams. The average rank of these teams is 10.
The SEC jumps to having 6 teams rank in the top 25 adding (GA, Auburn, Tenn. & Ark.) The average rank of the SEC is 11.16.
The Big 12 puts 4 total teams into the top 25 adding Texas A&M and Nebraska. The average rank of the Big 12 is 14.
The PAC 10 fields 2 additional teams in the top 25 (UCLA & Cal) bringing their total to 3, the least thus far. The average rank of the PAC 10 is 10. This is mainly because everyone is regarding USC as an unbeatable super-power at #1.
The ACC only sneaks in one more team into the mix (FL ST) at #21. The average rank of these two powerhouses is 15. While some might like to make fun of the Big Least it is quite clear that the ACC is the worst conference in football.
The Big East adds Louisville and Rutgers to the land of the Ranked giving them 3 teams in the Top 25 and an average rank of 11.3
The Wac and The Mtn West round out the rest of the teams in the top 25.

Judging from these numbers the Big Ten and the SEC are clearly the best two conferences in college football. Not only does each conference field several powerhouse squads in the top ten but also fill out the top 25 nicely. Nearly half of the top 25 play in the Big Ten or SEC! While the Big Ten holds an edge in average rank the SEC makes up for it in volume fielding an impressive 6 teams. I'm gonna go with the Big Ten as being the best conference in football, however, I'll say that the SEC is the deepest conference in football.
An argument can certainly be made that the Big 12 belongs in this group too. However, Nebraska and TX AM are near the bottom of the Top 25 (19 & 25 respectively). Between these three conferences(Big 10, 12, & SEC), they have 14 teams in the top 25 and gives us more than enough reason to think that the big power conferences are where the best football is played.

Just a note to the billion Notre Dame blogs out there; how does it feel to be blogging about an unranked team? OUCH! "Oooh Jimmy Clausen is awesome!" give me a break.


I just pooped a helmet!

To be specific to Penn State, the Lions are ranked 18th in the poll. I am not frothing at the mouth over this. If i had to vote on a pre-season poll I would put the Lions at 15 (basically i'd just flip PSU and Tenn.) But this isn't a bad spot for the Lions. One must also consider that PSU has games against the #5, 7, and 10th ranked teams in the country this year. Certainly not a cake-walk.

Just to highlight some of the ridiculousness out there, Spurrier always votes for Duke as the 25 ranked team. No Shit. Every year. He also continues to vote them the 25th team until they lose! Even USA Today is concerned about this! An interesting note is that Spurriers current team (Gamecocks) are currently unranked also. Wild. Do you think he voted them #1 or #24?



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