Friday, September 10, 2010

Penn State/Alabama: Tide Simply Better

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes upfield against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
When you look at the Penn State/Alabama contest, many storylines are present and many factors could play a major role in the game.

Will the absence of Mark Ingram and Marcell Dareus have a major impact on the game? Most people seem to think Alabama can easily “handle” Penn State without Ingram and Dareus.

What about Tide linebacker Courtney Upshaw and offensive lineman DJ Fluker? Both men are dealing with ankle injuries which have kept them “limited” in practice this week.

The injury to Upshaw was more severe and the Tide linebacker was heavily taped and obviously affected by the ailment during practice.

Alabama is banged up and has one of the best defensive players in the nation out of action due to suspension. So the question must be asked…why is Alabama a double-digit favorite over the Nittany Lions?

Many media types and prognosticators feel that Penn State will be unable to “finish” and be incapable of sustaining an offensive attack against the Tide defense.

Penn State quarterback Robert Bolden is talented…but he plays a factor in the “point spread” for this contest.

Bolden will enter a very hostile environment for the first time in his college career. With a freshman at the controls, can Penn State have enough “composure” to handle not only various defensive looks…but the game atmosphere and crowd noise?

The 2010 edition of Penn State/Alabama is a match-up of two wonderful college football programs. The “game setting” for this contest is what novels and paintings are built upon.

However…this game should be over by the third quarter.

Penn State is a good team…perhaps a very good team, but the Nittany Lions will not be able to match 'Bama “blow-for-blow” and the second half will belong to the Tide.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 12: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions laughs as he watches warmups before the start of their game against the Syracuse Orangemen at Beaver Stadium  September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
The electric atmosphere could keep the game close for a quarter or so, but the same atmosphere will also be one of the factors which cripples PSU during critical “conversion” situations.

Simply stated…a “short-handed” ‘Bama squad is better than a fully stocked group of Nittany Lions.

The game certainly has all the ingredients for a classic contest, but Alabama is simply better.

‘Bama will move to 2-0 on the young season and one can only HOPE Joe Paterno receives a standing ovation from 101,000 Crimson Tide fans!


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