Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lions and Tigers

Penn State (10-2) heads into the Capital One Bowl against LSU (9-3) with (from what I can tell) a distinct advantage over the Tigers.  Offensively, PSU leads LSU in every major category, outgaining them in the air by almost 50 yards per game (238.9 to 180.1), and on the ground by over 40 (173.6 to 129.6). On the defensive side of the ball, PSU is ranked 10th nationally against the run (93.9 ypg), 8th overall (277.1) and allows the 4th fewest points per game (11.8). These stats are no doubt a product of the cupcake schedule the Lions endured, but impressive nonetheless.  Conversely, LSU ranks a paltry 108th in total offense (309.7 ypg) giving PSU fans hope that a bowl win could be in the cards.  I don’t claim to be an expert – just look at my DWDW record in college football – but all signs seem to point towards a PSU victory in this one. 

Penn State is 1-3 in the Capital One Bowl, while LSU is 1-1, losing 30-25 in 2005 on a last-second touchdown pass in Nick Saban's final game as coach.

The last time these two teams met was a 16-9 Nittany Lions win in the 1974 Orange bowl, capping Joe Pa’s third of five unbeaten seasons.

Let’s go State!

1 comment:

  1. the sec is the best conference in the country and their speed and athletecism gives teams fits especially from the big ten whom is predominately filled bigger slower teams who play smash mouth football
    All that aside I think Penn State will play them tough with a stingy defense, but will darryl clark show up or continue to choke in the spotlight of a big game.