(And you thought Wisconsin had a big O-Line…)
Oh yeah? Well take this: a 6’9″, 400 lb tackle and the guy next to him is 6’5″, 350. According to James Franklin, Minnesota has the biggest offensive line in the country including the NFL.
Now, that can punish a defense, particularly if the possessor of such a behemoth O-line happens to control IITOP (Increasingly Irrelevant Time of Possession). As if that’s not enough, Antonio Shelton’s suspension for a rather egregious and unneccessary unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for spitting in the direction of a Moo U. player leaves a hole in the middle of the Lions’ defensive line. They’ll be light one major piece for the entire game.
Penn State will have to deal with those realities, along with the early wake-up call of an 11 AM CT kickoff when the #5 Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0) line up against the #13 Minnesota Auric Rodents, who possess an identical record. The Rodents will be bolstered by the news that their highly successful coach, P. J. Fleck, has signed a new seven-year contract subject to approval by the Board of Regents. But that happened to Franklin last year and we see how that has turned out. (I’m not sure what I meant by that). Anyhow, P. J. Flyspeck has the full faith of Goldengopherhood in the Land of the Frozen North, as it were. Put that in your pipe and freeze it![Read more…]