Hey guys just thought I would steal another Roundtable to bulk up my 1st week. It would look bad if I didn’t post once I finally started to blog right? So this one is the Blogpoll Roundtable, and I'll just get right to it.
This weeks questions brought to you by Burnt Orange Nation
Handicap your team's chances to win your conference championship. If your team is not the favorite, who is?
I think the chances are pretty good for the lions. The 1st thing they need to do is beat Michigan for the 1st time in 8 attempts, that probably the 1,000 times you've heard that but it is true. If Penn State can manage a victory in the Big House then the title is just 2 home games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. It seems like a down year for the Big Ten and I think our defense will be able to carry us through the schedule of not-so-prime-time-teams of this years conference.
Outline the (realistic) best case and worst-case scenarios for your team.
The best-case scenario for the Nittany Lions would be to go 12-0, winning the Big Ten Title. USC, LSU, Oklahoma loses and we play in the National Championship game against Florida (where they would get their asses handed to them).
Something more realistic? 12-0 plays in the Rose Bowl versus Cal or Oregon. Worst Case? Losses to UM, Ill, Wisc, OSU finish 8-4, go to the Outback bowl again.
We're only three games in to the season, but teams and storylines are starting to take shape. Compare your team to a character or theme from a fable or children's tale.
Beauty or the Beast? We’ll find out on Saturday.
Imagine you're the coach of your team. Give three specific changes you'd implement immediately which you think would have the biggest impact on improving the team.
1) Run the ball with Rodney Kinlaw to the outside on off-tackle and sweep plays. Enough of this 3 yards and a cloud of dust stuff with Austin Scott, this is something I harped on when discussing what I thought PSU had to do in order to win on Saturday against Michigan. If you can get the defense going east and west you will be able to run north/south, not to mention run some play-action bootlegs, which Morelli loves.
2) Have a package for Darryl Clark. I know Morelli is the starter and I'm not disputing that but a few designed plays for Clark will add another little wrinkle to this otherwise bland offense.
3) Make Quarless the #1 target for Morelli, a tightend is a young quarterbacks best friend, the fact that he is a 6'5" target swimming in a sea of 5'11"-6'2" linebackers...he should be open regularly.
USC, LSU/Florida, and Oklahoma have established themselves as the frontrunners in the early going. Which other team or teams are you eyeballing as potential BCS party crashers?
Rutgers, they have almost all of their tough Big East game in its own back yard: Cincy (3-0), #24 South Florida (2-0), #5 West Virginia (3-0). The only difficult away game will be #18 Louisville(2-1) in the last week of the season. I will also make a case for Boston College. They are already 3-0 in their conference in just the first three weeks of the season, they now have 4 straight non-conference games and could possibly be going into #17 Va. Tech (away) 7-0. If they make it that far and beat the Hokies, look out.