The Penn State football schedule 2010 is vacant this week. However, this may be the last relief the Penn State football schedule 2010 offers for a while. The Nittany Lions are licking their wounds in this bye week after their surprising blowout loss to Illinois. Some growing pains were expected this season, but not to this extent thus far. As such, Penn State is now just at a .500 level, with the schedule not getting any easier once they come back.
The Nittany Lions started out in the top 25, and stayed there even after their loss at Alabama. Two straight wins brought them back to 3-1, although they could have very easily lost to Temple. Their rare struggle against the Owls turned out to be a sign of things to come.
Once the Penn State football schedule 2010 moved into the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions appeared overmatched. They suffered another loss to Iowa, which has had their way with the Nittany Lions in recent years. Yet that didn’t qualify as a huge surprise, since the Hawkeyes were always expected to be the better team.
Things took a worse turn last week, however, when Illinois came into Happy Valley and dominated Penn State. The Illini had never beaten the Nittany Lions on the road, yet they made it look easy with a 33-13 thumping. As such, Joe Paterno’s team is not only out of the top 25, they are at .500 and in danger of missing a bowl.
Next week, the schedule resumes with another supposedly easy game. The Nittany Lions take on Minnesota, which shouldn’t be a problem, although the Gophers often play them tough. They need to hope for an easier time in this case, given what is to come later.
On Oct. 30, the Penn State host Michigan and Denard Robinson, and will likely be underdogs – depending on whether the Wolverines are slumping or not. On November 6, they host Northwestern, before going to Columbus and facing Ohio State on November 13. Afterward, Penn State goes to face Indiana in Washington, before ending the year against suddenly daunting Michigan State.
Given how the season has gone, the team could easily fall to 6-6 or worse. They will certainly be considered longshots against Ohio State, and could be underdogs to Michigan and Michigan State, in spite of being at home. However, their last two home games against Temple and Illinois proved that home field doesn’t mean everything.
This was supposed to be the year where Paterno got his 400th win, as he needs three more to get there. Yet thanks to the early Penn State schedule, and the difficult lineup to come, getting it this year would be more of a relief than a inevitability. It starts with the Nittany Lions trying to get back on track in Minnesota next week.
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