4-Down Territory: Big SEC Plot Lines, Top 25 Match-ups & The Ultimate PSU Season Continues
1st Down: SEC Returns—Interesting Plotlines in The Magnolia State: White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany apparently didn’t know the Big Ten teams, nor her postal abbreviations when she announced that college football fans in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Mississippi would now be able to watch their Big Ten teams play. Mississippi State at #6 LSU: Mike Leach the former Pullman Pirate has dropped anchor in Stark-Vegas. LSU looks to start their National Title defense with a win at home and a new QB under center. #5 Florida at Ole Miss: With the QB uncertainty at Georgia, Florida has emerged as an SEC East favorite. At Ole Miss Lane Kiffin might be the most loquacious person to live in Oxford since the notoriously wordy William Faulkner. The question is whether there will be Sound and Fury in Mississippi. Either way you can bet these two new coaches will be in the thick of some newsworthy plot twists.
2nd Down: SEC Returns Part Two—The Heart of Dixie: #23 Kentucky at #8 Auburn: In the SEC East Derby, Kentucky could be a real contender. Quarterback Terry Wilson was major part of the Wildcats 10-3 season in 2018 passing for almost 1900 yards and rushing for 547 more. That year the Wildcats notched 3 wins over ranked teams. With Wilson back, an opening win here could shoot the Wildcats out of the starting gate. #2 Alabama at Missouri: The Tua era at Alabama ended with an injury last year giving QB Mac Jones a number of starts heading into this season. He made the most of it with the sole hitch being an Auburn loss in which the Alabama offense scored 45 points. Bama RB Najee Harris may be the best all-around back in the country after racking up 1200 yards on the ground. He is also a threat out of the backfield as a receiver. With defenses paying so much attention to the explosive Tide receiving corps, Harris added 7 TDs in the pass game.
3rd Down: Top 25 Match-ups: #22 Army at #14 Cincinnati: With a shortened season, this game may have a say in which non-power-5 team gets a guaranteed New Year’s Six slot. #24 Louisville at #21 Pitt: Louisville racked up over 500 yards against Miami last week (300+ passing and 200+ rushing). Pitt will not be able to keep up in a track meet so turnovers will be key for the Pitt defense. While Pitt got to the Syracuse quarterback repeatedly last week, getting to Louisville QB Malik Cunningham will be critical to disrupt the Cardinal's attack.
4th Down: ACC Match-ups: Florida State at #12 Miami: First on the Covid-19 injury list is Florida State coach Mike Norvell. After a falling to Georgia Tech in week one, Norvell and the Seminoles offense will need some positive developments to beat Miami. Louisville carved up the Canes’ defense most of the game last week, but Miami’s emphasis on turnovers proved to be the difference. The plus-three turnover margin was THE factor in that game. NC State at #20 Virginia Tech: After an earlier postponement these two teams are finally going to play……we think.
Ultimate Penn State Season Continues: With the Penn State season still a few weeks from starting we continue building the ultimate Penn State season This week we highlight the best week three win between 1966 and 2019.
Week #3: September 16, 1978 (5) Penn State 19 (6) Ohio State 0: A jam-packed Ohio Stadium crowd of 88,2020 was hoping to see highly touted freshman quarterback Art Schilchter get the start after he'd narrowly chosen the home-state Buckeyes over Penn State. They got their wish but it did not turn out as planned. Penn State's defense sacked and harassed him repeatedly causing a slew of EIGHT Buckeye interceptions and fumbles and shutting out the home team. The Ohio State defense did their best holding Penn State's offense to four field goals and one touchdown. With this win Penn State made a bold statement on the national stage that they would be a contender for the National Title.
The Ultimate Penn State Season So Far:
Pre-season ’96 (11) Penn State 24 (7) USC 7 Giants Stadium
Week 1 ’99 (4) Penn State 41 (3) Arizona 7 Beaver Stadium
Week 2 ’77 (10) Penn State 31 (9) Houston 14 Beaver Stadium
Week 3 '78 (5) Penn State 19 (6) Ohio State 0 Ohio Stadium