This week, we are loaded with four big Week 1 questions: what can the Big 12 expect from West Virginia in 2012, should the early performances of Oklahoma and Texas raise concerns, should Oklahoma State play a harder nonconference schedule, and how good will Penn State be this season.
Lastly, Through the Phog discusses the Week 1 performance by the Penn State Nittany Lions during their home opener against Ohio. Penn State opened up the Bill O’Brien era and completely collapsed in the second half of their game. It was a disappointing start to a new era for Penn State football.
What can Coach O’Brien take away from this game and how do you see the rest of their season going?
Ricky: It will be a very interesting year for the Penn State Nittany Lions. The reason for this will be because of emotions. Week 1 was a very emotional game for everyone at Penn State because of everything that has happens. The emotions will not be as high as Week 1, but they will not go away completely this season. Coach O’Brien will need to try to contain these emotions this season as much as possible if Penn State is to be successful. I see the Nittany Lions only winning 6 games this season.
George: It seemed Penn State lost steam in the second half. Their starting quarterback, McGloin is a talented player, one that should get Penn State some wins this season. O’Brien can bring some positives out of the game. The defense was stout for most of the way. Tettleton, the Ohio quarterback, is a very good quarterback and Penn State shut him down for the first half. Penn State should get at least 8 wins this season.
Each week, the staff at Through the Phog will react on the previous day’s games in Big 12 football and other news that happens in the conference. Our current staff includes lead editor George Pike, along with staff writer, Ricky Widmer.