Now that basketball, volleyball, fencing, wrestling, and this winter season is in the rear view mirror, it is time to get serious about Penn State Culture. Starting with nobody getting hurt this Spring, here’s how this season looks from Boalsburg.
The 2013 defense has a new Defensive Coordinator, a few standouts on the 1st team, and questionable depth, so it might be a problem this year. I suppose that opponents will score on this team. That’s ok with me, because that’s the way college football is played these days. Score first, and think later. So, PSU will need to depend more upon the Offense and Special Teams this year.
Ficken has proven he can kick to win the big game, and this Pro-Oriented coaching staff is using quality starters on the special teams. So I believe Special Teams should improve this year relative to last. Sooner or later they will find someone who can return kickoffs, won’t they?
The receivers, running backs, and tight ends should be top-of-the line Penn State outfits this year, relatively speaking. I believe the offensive line will, in time, develop into an adequate unit, so that leaves the QB.
My belief is that we do not need to worry about the QB position due to the schedule and due to BOB. Whoever gets the start “at Syracuse” gets home games with Eastern Michigan, Central Florida, and Kent State, plus the B1G opener “at Indiana” to prepare for Michigan at home. So I cipher the team at 5-0 and having a well-tuned offense by the sixth game, when things get tougher. (Unless, of course, BOB starts a trend of losing to teams he should beat in September. I pray that this will not become a habit.)
The first tough game, Michigan at home, is followed by a second tough game at Ohio State. Let’s hope that PSU will win one of these games. (6-1)
Then games with the good-for-nothing, yellow-bellied Illini, at hapless Purdue, and with an improving, but still sub-par Minnesota should all be put in the win column, with PSU being 9-1 going into the last two games.
Finally, the officials will screw Nebraska this year, making homer calls to help PSU to a win while PSU finishes off with a victory at a Wisconsin, a team that underperforms all year with their new coaching staff.
So 11-1 is a distinct possibility. (I am not one of these crazies predicting 12-0.)
For The Future That We Wait!