Game Guide: John Paul Jones Edition

I have not yet begun . . . to pick who to root for in this week’s games.  So I guess I’d better get started.

As you probably already know, Paul Jones joins Kevin Newsome and Rob Bolden as Penn State’s most recent QB to leave the program.  Originally a walk-on, Matt McGloin continues to outlast his competition.

Many fans have noted the remarkable improvement in McGloin at the helm so far this season, albeit against less than top caliber opponents.  He certainly does look more poised and capable and indeed seems to improve with each and every game.  Is that his natural progression, or is it the coaching.  Perhaps it’s the shoes?  But if this is what QB coaching can do, we can only wait in anticipation to see what they will mold future recruits into.

So Stanford and Washington are tied at 3.  I guess Washington is no USC.  I’ve got no problems with Stanford, but who wants to root for a tree?  (See what I did there?  Root.  Tree.)  Whatever.  GO HUSKIES!

Penn State takes on the Poachin’ Illini on Saturday in Champaign.  The pesky poachers are 1.5 point favorites even as of this morning.   GO STATE!

In the Big Ten:

Minnesota opens as a 7 point prairie dog to Iowa.  We play Iowa, but not the goofy gophers.  Gotta go with the Hawkeyes on this one.  GO HAWKS!

Indiana gets to open its Big Ten season against the Wildcats of Northwestern.  The purple are favored by 13.5  GO WILDCATS!

Purdue is still out of conference and favored over Marshall by 15.  GO BOILERS!

The Spartans have angered the football Gods and must travel to Columbus to open the season against Pope Urban I.  Michigan State is favored by 2.5.  It would be better for Penn State if the Buckeyes win since they are in the Leaders Division, but it’s never a bad thing when the Buckeyes lose.  And it’s not like we can play for a championship or anything.  GO SPARTY!

And in the grandaddy of them all, the Badgers travel to Lincoln to take on the Cornhuskers.  Nebraska is favored by 12.5.  GO HUSKERS!

Denard Robinson has the week off.

Around the nation:

Texas is favored by 2.5 over Okie State.  Fera defected to Texas.  GO COWBOYS!

Ohio is favored over UMass by 25.  GO BOBCATS!

Navy takes on San Jose State, which is favored by 2.5.  GO MIDDIES!

Temple is off this week.

Quarterback wasn’t in the cards for Paul Jones!

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