Penn State Gameday

Posted by | Sep 10, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

Lions bracing for Crimson Tide

By Joe Juliano,
Early-season football games for Penn State, as they are with teams from BCS conferences, are mostly forgettable exercises in which offensive and defensive units gain experience and chemistry for what lies ahead against the tougher opposition. But every once in a while a game comes along, like Saturday’s duel against third-ranked Alabama, where they look to establish a tone for the season. Penn State had that chance a year ago in Tuscaloosa but clearly was not ready for prime time in a 24-3 defeat to the then-No. 1 Crimson Tide. However, with the Nittany Lions being a year older and with the game being on their turf, they are eagerly looking forward to setting a more positive tone this time against a select opponent. Still, Saturday’s game is one that Joe Paterno is eager to see his team play. “Alabama is a relentless team with great talent so it’s going to be a good game for us, win, lose or draw. We had a good preseason. I think we’ll be able to play about as well as we can at this stage of the year. But we’re all a little bit anxious.” [More]

Encounter Of Two Greats

With his championship-winning résumé, Alabama coach Nick Saban hardly needs a pat on the back from a fellow coach to feel appreciated. Joe Paterno might be the only guy who could get away with it. Two of college football’s most successful and recognizable coaches meet today when Saban and the third-ranked Crimson Tide visit Paterno’s 23d-ranked Nittany Lions in Happy Valley. At times this week, each man gushed about his counterpart as if offering a personal reference on a job application. Saban has 130 victories over his 16-year career, while Paterno has 402 over a record 46 seasons. One of Saban’s victories came against Penn State last year in Tuscaloosa. Where Saban does match up with Paterno is in national championships. Each man has two: Saban with LSU (2003) and Alabama (2009); Paterno winning at Penn State in 1982 and 1986. “Playing any team, but especially Alabama and with this crowd . . . it’s something you don’t really experience a lot in life,’’ Nittany Lions defensive end Jack Crawford said. [More]

Saban Tops AP Poll On Nation’s Best College Football Coaches

By Joe Juliano,
The Associated Press came out this week with its “Dandy Dozen,” ranking the 12 best coaches in college football with input from voters in its top 25 poll. Alabama’s Nick Saban held the top spot, followed by Chris Petersen of Boise State, and Bob Stoops of Oklahoma. A somewhat surprising fourth-place pick was Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald. Joe Paterno held 10th place with the AP comment, “Those who work for Paterno are extremely confident and loyal, providing Penn State the continuity that has been a huge part of the program’s success.” [More]

Alabama at Penn State Preview

By Erik Underwood, Bleacher Report
Alabama looked strong, as expected, against a mediocre Kent State team. The defense was strong, but inconsistent quarterback play was a little bit worrying for the Crimson Tide. Trent Richardson will be the key player in Bama’s offense, as they look to set up the run against what should be a stout Penn State defense. AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims should split snaps once again as Nick Saban looks to find the quarterback that will give them offensive consistency. The defense is the real star of the show for Alabama. They have 10 starters returning from a year ago, and will likely be one of the best defenses statistically by the end of the year. This is the best defensive unit that Nick Saban has had since taking the job at Alabama, and will make it tough for a sluggish Penn State offense to produce points. Penn State finds themselves in the Top 25 after a blowout win against Indiana State in Week 1. The offense is the big question mark with this group, as they look to find a way to consistently move the ball against some of the tough Big Ten defenses they will face. [More]

Roll Tide!

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