Walters: Is Penn State best at midseason?Our midseason awards: Ohio State-USC has been worst game of season MIDSEASON AWARDS By John Walters updated 1:31 p.m. ET, Sun., Oct. 12, 2008
Even Arena Football League baron Jon Bon Jovi would admit that the 2008 college football season is living up to expectations. As we hit the midseason mark, we present awards and recall our favorite moments. Who says you can’t go back?
Who’s No. 1? Penn State
Who else is 7-0? Only two other teams (Utah and Ball State). Who else is ranked in the top ten in both scoring offense and scoring defense? Nobody! Who else has the all-time wins leader in FBS history as its coach? Nobody!
It may be true that the Nittany Lions lack an attention-grabbing rivalry a la Michigan-Ohio State or Oklahoma-Texas (psst, JoePa: there’s a school in Pittsburgh — I can’t quite recall the name — that may be interested in renewing one), but they routed Wisconsin in Madison, 48-7, and pistol-whipped Oregon State, who would later upset USC, by 31. This decal-deficient team has offensive playmakers galore in quarterback Daryll Clark, tailback Evan Royster, and wideouts Deon Butler and Derrick Williams. The defense has been stifling despite the season-long absence of its heart and soul, linebacker Sean Lee, due to injury.
Picture this: The Nittany Lions win the national championship. Coach Paterno, 82 years old and 59 seasons in at Penn State as an assistant or head coach, enters the office of the athletic director. “So about that contract extension …”
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