Something you football fans may not have noticed...
3 of PSU’s 4 OOC opponents are undefeated outside the PSU game.
Mighty MAC schools, and one SEC school (which we lost to).
Although, the SEC hype is really annoying me this year. The SEC is ok, but they are not head and shoulders above the B10 this year. The media is making a deal about Bama beating up on PSU as an arguement for the strength of the SEC - Well, yeah, the top team in a mjor conference SHOULD be able to beat the #4 or 5 team in a different conference, jeeze.
We are not a very good BCS conference team right now (in PSU’s usual standards). Could that be different later in the year as Bolden, the line, and the defense matures? Yes, it could be, but as of right now we are not going to set the conference on fire.
The one problem with your argument is in looking at the Big Ten. Honestly, who is better than PSU right now? Ohio State, without a doubt. Iowa, probably so. Wisconsin…jury is still out on them. Michigan State…they have chutzpah, I’ll give them that. Michigan, not for one minute(man) ;). Am I missing anyone else…NW (yippee, they won the Brain Bowl by winning at Vandy and Rice), Minnesota (did give USC a run, but lost to South Dakota Teachers College), Illinois, Indiana, Purdue…yuck, yuck and triple yuck.
The conference doesn’t look all that formidable once you get past the first three or four schools, so PSU doesn’t have to be a “very good BCS team” right now to be considered for a top three finish in the league.
You have to look at the competition to make a true assessment of your team’s chances. That’s one of the problems of this board when it comes to PSU hoops, and rightfully so, since it is a PSUHoops board. We as a group tend to look at Battle, Buie and the boys and think they’ll have a solid year in the Big Ten without taking into account how strong the league is going to be this season…much stronger than it is in football, mind you. PSU could play lights out and beat the likes of Maryland, VaTech and Ole Miss in the OOC, but still wet the bed come conference play due to the incredible strength of the conference.
Back to the topic at hand…
I for one feel that PSU football need not be a “very good BCS team” to make some serious noise in the Big Ten this season. Just solid play on all three sides of the ball might just get the job done.
Oh and as for the SEC…Bama is head and shoulders above everyone in this conference, though Mallett and Lattimore give Arkansas and South Carolina respectively a tremendous jolt of energy and excitement.
Florida and LSU are where they are in the polls, because they are “Florida” and “LSU” and they are 3-0. Auburn is just OK.