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For all of us who were either cheering for the Nittany Lions or in school like I was back in 1994, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are a team right, wrong or indifferent which we Penn State fans tend not to like. I know, I know, it is not their fault for not winning a piece of the 1994 National Championship, it is the fault of the press and voting coaches, but since we don't know who those people are by name, we have pinned the blame on the Children of the Corn.
This week's game is going to be tough one. A game similiar to that in which we faced the Buckeyes. But I think Penn State has several things going for them in this game vs. the game against Ohio State.
First, I actually like that we are playing on the road. This team has played better on the road since the big scandal broke than at home (look at games at Ohio State last year and all away games other than the UVA game this year). I think this team feels too much presure when they play in Happy Valley, they feel the weight of the world is on their shoulders, that they have to do it for all of us fans who are still greiving. But on the road, they are undistracted, they can have an "us against the world" mentality and play much more focused and loose.
Second, while Nebraska is a pretty good team on offense, they are not a great defensive team. I think if we can create long drives and score points, our defense will do enough to keep us in the game and even pull out a victory. Plus while Taylor Martinez is simliar to Braxton Miller, he is much more prone to make mistakes than Miller (he will throw at least one pick on Saturday).
Third, I think Coach O'Brien will have learned from his very conservative play calling vs. Ohio State. Coach O'Brien seems like the type of guy who does not make the same mistake twice and therefore, I think he comes out swinging this Saturday. We might still try to etablish a run game, but he will go to the air often and from the first whistle on a consistent basis.
And fourth, it is Nebraska, like Ohio State, we will get up for this game. The team, lead by an amazing senior team, will be up for this game.
Overall, I like our chances on Saturday; I think if this team plays to their potential, they can win. I will say, if it comes down to FG's, Ficken will choke. It will be very loud and he will be very nervous. In fact, if we get the chance to kick a short FG early, O'Brien should jump at that chance and give the kid some confidence. His first kick cannot be over 35 yards.
Well, sorry my blogging frequency has been so poor, but I promise, I am back for good. Until next time.....
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