OK, so the #4 Nittany Lions (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) beat the #130 Georgia State Panthers (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) 56-0. Big deal! What does it prove?
I’ll tell you what. If they can’t fix that time of possession imbalance, they’re going to absolutely suck in the Big Ten.
I couldn’t believe the crap I saw written by Matt Herb in BWI:
“To anyone looking for evidence that time-of-possession is becoming an increasingly irrelevant statistic, consider this: Georgia State held the ball for just under 39 minutes but was still outscored by eight touchdowns.”
You know what? James Franklin said it, so it must be true? Jesus H. Christ!
Increasingly Irrelevant Evidence
If I’m looking for evidence, I’ll dismiss the first three outings this season. And I think I qualify as “anyone.” I’m finding Matt Herb’s commentary increasingly irrelevant, as it were.
Increasingly Irrelevant Cupcakes
This was Georgia State — no offense, no defense. What happens when we hit the Big Ten schedule next week and face teams with some of both? Then, will time of possession be “increasingly irrelevant?” I bet it becomes increasingly relevant, and I bet that if it isn’t addressed, Franklin, Herb, and the Nittany Lions will have egg on their collective, increasingly irrelevant faces.
I’m not going to recap the damn Georgia State game here, because the result was expected by all of us. Nothing to write about. As I so often state on these pages, cupcake wins mean absolutely nothing, other than some extra practice for the team.
Penn State’s “big” achievement thus far was beating Pitt, but did you see what Oklahoma State did to those Panthers on Saturday? In case you might have missed it, Pitt got the shitt end of the stick, 59-21. Ain’t no thang?
So far, PSU has beaten #106 Akron, #79 Pitt, and #130 Georgia State. WTF?
Increasingly Irrelevant Early Season Polls
#4? I think not!
Increasingly Irrelevant Statistics
One quick way to become increasingly irrelevant is to ignore a glaring issue. Penn State will have to get the running game going and make some more third down conversions. Don’t give me “increasingly irrelevant” statistics! The Nittany Lions rank 125th in the NCAA in TOP, and are tied for 91st in Third Down Conversions. Especially after facing three cupcakes, that suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks!
The rushing offense is ranked 50th. The Lions just cannot seem to get the running game going, even with Saquon Barkley, one of the best running backs in the country, doing most of the carries. The offensive line, of course, is still not where it needs to be. And yeah, remember, we’ve been dealing with cupcakes. (Not even cool ones with axes in them.)
Defensively, the Nittany Lions’ front seven is suspect, too. They rank 50th at stopping the run, and they were consistently beaten by simple shovel pass plays run by Pitt.
Ohboyohboy! Penn State ranks second in scoring defense!!! Yeah, right. Cupcakes, I tell you. We beat a kangaroo and two panthers. All in a day’s work for a lion.
So, let not the early season euphoria make these guys complacent, lest they become increasingly irrelevant.
They’ve got work to do.
I’ll be back later in the week with a preview and prediction for the Big Ten opener at Iowa.