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Blue/White Roundtable: Knights of Columbus Edition

Submitted by on November 11, 2010No Comment

Another week, another installment of the Penn State’s blogosphere favorite running feature. This week’s questions were provided by Galen over at Linebacker-U, and he should have a nice round-up tomorrow.

On to the questions!

So let’s just get this out of the way: who should start; Bolden or McGloin and why?

Throwing gas right from the start, huh Galen. You’re not even going to let us warm up here? This week, I’ve laid out the reasons for starting either Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin, and it kind of boils down to whether you’re more a believer in Bolden’s skill or McGloin’s intangibles. I’m well aware that this is going to sound weird, but I think that McGloin should start even though Bolden probably gives us the better chance to win. The team’s rallied around the former walk-on, and pulling him out of the starting job wouldn’t resonate well. But if he struggles–like Bolden did last week–you need to give Bolden the chance. McGloin hasn’t shown the same ability to fit balls into tight spaces (pause) as Bolden has, and fade passes and screens won’t work against this Buckeye defense.

The Penn State defense has faced running quarterbacks the past two weeks, does that help them get ready for Pryor? In other words can they contain Pryor?

I may be wrong, here, but when I’ve watched Ohio State this year, Terrelle Pryor’s running is a lot different than Denard Robinson’s or Dan Persa. Michigan and Northwestern run plenty of designated runs and read options, but what Pryor does so incredibly well is scramble on designated passing downs. That makes it much more difficult for the defensive line–to stay in your gaps while also trying to get pressure. I think it helps that the linebackers have had the chance to make plays in space, but this Ohio State offense is a whole ‘nother animal.

Ohio State isn’t unbeatable, Wisconsin proved that when they pounded OSU 31-18. Whether you believe it or not convince me that Penn State will win and back it up with something tangible (Alien abduction does not count).

Ohio State has had mixed–at best–success coming off bye games, and the script to Penn State’s season could easily be flipped this Saturday. Penn State’s riding a tremendous wave of momentum after the past two games–especially the second half last week–and if they come out aggressive have a good shot to surprise the sluggish Buckeyes.  Matt McGloin isn’t the kind of kid who’ll get intimidated by the ‘Shoe, so a couple bombs at the start of the game could get Penn State off to a quick lead and stun the crowd.

Last week we had a question about obnoxious Michigan fans, let’s keep this rolling; what is your worst experience with a Buckeye fan?

I’m not sure I have a specific, but in general, that’s easily the smuggest, most ignorant, idiotic fanbase this side of the Mason-Dixon line. At least plenty of Michigan fans are smart–they did get in to Michigan after all–but Ohio State seems to be a magnet for all the white trash that permeates throughout the state. (This is, of course, a rash generalization–there are plenty of “good guys” in the Ohio State fanbase. But success breeds douchery, and Ohio State leads the conference in both.) They’re an SEC fanbase, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Tressel’s running an SEC program out in Columbus.

Quick Hits

Number of times 400 wins is mentioned during ESPN Gameday?

12.

Number of times Heisman is mentioned in the same sentence as Terrelle Pryor.

3.

Who wins in a cage fight: Matt McGloin or Kirk Herbstreit?

McGloin would stab Herbstreit in the back with a broken whiskey bottle before the bell rings.

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