sameoldlama wrote:Reading up on game and I think they could rename it the "Mutual Respect Bowl" - no bad blood between fans, players or coaches anywhere.
I don't think this is a good match up for PSU. UW is #1 against run (and much of that may come from being in a weak conference that doesn't emphasize run) and they have a good, experienced QB. That has potential for PSU to struggle possessing ball and the secondary tiring out and getting picked apart in 2nd half (i.e. the OSU game and last year's Rose Bowl).
For PSU to win I believe they will need:
1. McSorely to be on - if he is erratic and they can stack run and force 3 and outs that will be a big issue for PSU
2. Generate 3 TOs and or be at least + 2 in TO margin - best way to cut opponents TOP is with a TO
3. They don't need to win TOP but keep it within a 10 minute differential - if O can't sustain drives / run and D can't generate TOs or a rush it will be a long day.
As I have said earlier - beating top teams on the road / neutral site is the last hurdle for CJF in building program. Let's see what direction they go.
I tend to agree across the board. Our rushing offense against their rushing defense, on paper is a mismatch in their favor. Their QB isn't a world beater but a scrambler and that type gives us fits plus it extends plays and generates those wide open receivers I so despise. DB's can't cover a receiver for 10 seconds, usually. I hope I'm wrong and possibly the time off has healed enough players to make this a good game for us.