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If we can run the ball we will win by at least a TD. Penn St. might have the second best defense in the conference. We need to keep the offense open and throw some deep ones to loosen their line up. This is a game we will be able to measure ourselves.
PSU's offense is about the same as ours but they pass the ball better.
PSU's defense is MUCH better than ours.
Go back and watch the Iowa debacle if you want to see what happend the last time we matched up against a team in this manner and dont be shocked to see a similar outcome this Saturday.
We can't run and we can't stop the run.
We can't convert 3rd down and we can't get off the field on 3rd down.
7 games into the season and we still have a large -TO ratio.
You just can't win football games playing this way.
My only hope is Smith's scrambling ability leads to a few more 1st downs and keeps the defense at least somewhat rested. Hell, maybe his running will even get us within Nuge's 55yd FG range and we can actually use our only legit weapon.
Other than that I don't hold much hope simply due to the fact our OL can't move anyone and I don't see PSU consistently missing tackels in our backfield or losing contain and getting out ran to the corner all day. If we see the long strings of 3-and-outs punctuated by a TO like we did vs Iowa, the route could very well be on.
Now, granted that doesn't take into effect their game vs Iowa or ours vs IU but we have had Northwestern where they had Minny, Wisky and Purdue. All in all I think my point is pretty clear. Both offenses suck major ass-they pass a bit better.
The scary part for me personally is their D is better than ours and thats about the same way things were looking heading into the Iowa game.