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Playoff Committee Correctly Ranks Penn State Ahead of Clemson

Kevin Kinkead - November 6, 2019

Penn State is 8-0 and rolling right along.

Of course they’ve still got Ohio State and Minnesota on the schedule, but with the playoff committee releasing their first rankings this week, the Nits find themselves at #4 on the list, beating out defending national champion Clemson.

And the committee got it right, in my mind. PSU has been the more impressive team with the more impressive schedule, compiling wins against Michigan and at Iowa en route to their flawless start. They will have to beat a ranked Golden Gophers team and the #1 ranked Buckeyes to reach the Big 10 title game, where they will then have to beat Minny or Iowa again, or perhaps Wisconsin. Those three teams have yet to play each other.

Clemson, on the other hand, is really being dragged down by the ACC. Florida State stinks. Louisville and Miami and Pitt stink. The Tigers’ best win is in the out of conference schedule, a week two, 14-point win against Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M squad. Right now the ACC only has one other ranked team besides Clemson, which is #19 Wake Forest. Their inevitable trip to the conference title game will result in an easier opponent than whomever comes out of Big 10 West, since the ACC Coastal is a big fat joke right now.

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James Franklin Speaks Up for Jonathan Sutherland, Target of the Angry Old Guy’s Letter

Kevin Kinkead - October 8, 2019

This morning we wrote about the ‘older’ Penn State alumnus who penned Jonathan Sutherland, ridiculously criticizing his “awful hair” while harkening back to the days of clean cut football players who didn’t have tattoos or perform “immature” celebratory routines.

This afternoon, Penn State head ball coach James Franklin opened his press conference by defending Sutherland and reiterating the principles that define his program and the PSU community as a whole:

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Penn State Football Player Receives Ridiculous Letter from “Older” PSU Alumnus

Kevin Kinkead - October 8, 2019

Talk about a viral story.

A Penn State football player took to Twitter on Monday to post a letter received by one of his teammates, a meandering bit of nonsense about hair length, dress code, and modern day celebratory trends.

This was the image shared on Twitter  by Antonio Shelton (@_groovy55) –

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Is this an Accurate Representation of Penn State Fans?

Kevin Kinkead - September 18, 2019

We’re just having fun over here, so don’t take this too seriously.

This photo popped up in a group text and it made me laugh. I have no idea where it came from, but I think it’s a Facebook creation.

Anyway, here ya go:

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How To Get The Cheapest Tickets To The Penn State vs. Pitt Game

Kyle Scott - September 13, 2019

This comes to us from our friends at TicketIQ.

Off a big 45-13 win against Buffalo, Penn State will play Pitt this weekend. It is the second most expensive game of the weekend, according to TicketIQ.

Tickets are fully sold out, but of course can be purchased on the secondary market.

The cheapest ticket available is $105 for an upper level seat in row 95 of section NLU. The cheapest lower-level ticket is $108 for tickets in the 18th row of lower level NE. Lower level sideline tickets behind the Penn State bench in the 28th row of section EE. Upper level tickets on the 50th yard line in section EEU start at $138. TicketIQ has also tickets to any of the other Penn State games, at home or on the road. For week 3 of college football, it’s the second most expensive of the week behind Florida at Kentucky, in which Kentucky will go for consecutive wins over the Gators for the first time in decades.

It’s by far the most expensive game on Pitt’s schedule as well. Their next most expensive is a home game at Heinz Field against Miami.

More about TicketIQ: They offer a Low Price Guarantee on Penn State tickets for every home and road game on the 2019 schedule. This is good for all college games as well. If you find a ticket on the secondary market, on sites like StubHub, SeatGeek, or Vivid Tickets, TicketIQ will give you 200% of the difference in site credit.

They work not only through resellers, but also directly with teams and leagues to move unsold inventory.

James Franklin Could See Penn State “Possibly Doing a Neutral Site Game” With Pitt

Kevin Kinkead - September 10, 2019

Penn State and Pittsburgh played a football game almost every single year from 1900 to 1992.

What happened?

Well Pitt went to the Big East, Penn State went to the Big 10, and then the next 20 years saw conference realignment that resulted in other historic rivalries going right into the toilet. Now we’ve got Syracuse in the “Atlantic Coast” Conference and Missouri in the “Southeastern” conference, among other such geographical head scratchers.

PSU and Pitt renewed their rivalry with a four-game series that began in 2016 and ends on Saturday, when the two sides meet in Happy Valley. Beyond that, there’s nothing, as the Nittany Lions move on to play the likes of Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Villanova, while the Yinzers add Notre Dame and Tennessee in the non-conference slate.

Today head ball coach James Franklin was asked about the future of the series, and had this to say:

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Temple Football Performs Well in ESPN College Football Projection

Kevin Kinkead - August 28, 2019

The college football season began with Manny Diaz losing to Florida on national television.

It was a great way to kick things off.

I’ve been reading a lot about college ball this week, and ESPN has some interesting stories involving a still somewhat new projection model they’ve been using called SP+, which was created by Bill Connelly at Football Outsiders in 2008. He says SP+, in simple terms, is a “tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency,” which is boiled down to these three main factors:

Recent history: I use a weighted five-year history as a way of gauging program health. For most programs, what they have done of late is what they will most likely do moving forward.

Returning production: Instead of using returning starters, I created a formula for returning production based on which units seem to have the most effect on a team’s improvement or regression. As it turns out, continuity at quarterback, receiver and the secondary is far more impactful on SP+ rating the next year than continuity in other units. Accordingly, turnover in those areas takes on heavier weight.

Recent recruiting: Returning production measures what a program lost, and a two-year recruiting average fills in the gaps on what kind of talent and athleticism it has acquired to replace the lost producers.

Ok. I’m sold. I’m interested in SP+.

Connelly and ESPN used this metric to list each Division 1 program from one to 130, and Temple actually ranks pretty admirably, after the jump:

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Ex-Penn State Doctor Alleges James Franklin Made Him Clear Injured Players

Kevin Kinkead - August 26, 2019


Well this is something.

Breaking news out of Happy Valley today, where a former Penn State team doctor filed a lawsuit against the university and head ball coach James Franklin, claiming the Langhorne native pressured him to clear injured players.

Matt Miller at Penn Live with details:

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