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Chicago Tribune: Penn State's Loss Is Big Ten's Gain

It always is.

Here's why: If Daniel Murray had missed that 31-yard game-winning field goal, the nation's college football fans would have let out a collective groan loud enough to shatter windows in State College.

Penn State needed what to beat a 5-5 team?

The Nittany Lions would have remained in prime position to scoop up a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game. And if Penn State had got the call over one-loss teams such as Florida and Texas, we would have been treated to weeks of Big Ten mockery.

In other words, to quote the great Homer Simpson, "Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try."