This weekend as you well know Penn State will find out which part of Florida they're headed towards for their next bowl game. Ultimately in the grand scheme of things the saga of the 2010 season has already been written. Short of an epic bowl game, the story is more or less over, but even so, Penn State has a chance to start the 2011 chapter off on the right foot.
National perception is almost as important as the wins and the losses. Obviously, winning is a big step in the right direction, but Penn State has a chance to stumble through a season and end it playing Florida. A program that is not far removed from the national spotlight and falls under the always popular category of "elite". Perhaps the gospel of Tim Tebow isn't being blasted through every media outlet anymore, but Florida is a name. And names mean something.
So while the details of the SEC rankings, and the 16 teams in the Big Ten that all have the same record is sorted out, don't underestimate the importance this bowl game could have on the near future.
And, if I'm wrong, we can just play Spurrier.
Since beginning conference competition in 1993, Penn State has played in seven of the top 15 rated Big Ten football games on ESPN, the most of any Big Ten team (Michigan is next with five). The Nittany Lions have played in six of top 15 highest viewed Big Ten games on ESPN, tied for first among conference squads (with Michigan).
Minus Stephfon Green of course, who usually looks like a crazed lunatic on the sideline.
Penn State junior forward Corey Hertzog (Reading, Pa.) has been named a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer.
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The visiting Lions (6-2) erased an 11-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but fell to Boston College (7-0), 113-104. Sophomore Alex Bentley was 12-for-22 from the field, including the game-tying shot with 0.5 seconds left in regulation, on the way to a career-high 31 points.
I'm openly and unwaveringly a fan of #1.
It's the end of the world you know, NOT ENOUGH STARS!!!