Blue White Football Podcast #85: Wildcat Preview

Posted November 5, 2010 by Mike
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After back-to-back conference victories the outlook for the Nittany Lions is once again positive as they welcome the Wildcats to Beaver Stadium for Joe Paterno’s first chance at win number 400. Join Mike & Mark as the discuss the quarterback situation, the previous two wins and what the Lions need to do to beat Northwestern Saturday.

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Blue White Football Podcast #84: Time to Regroup

Posted October 21, 2010 by Mike
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Mike & Mark return as the Nittany Lions get set for their trip to Minneapolis. The guys discuss their perspectives on Penn State’s many issues and what needs to change in the second half of the season.

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Blue White Football Podcast #83: Iowa Week

Posted September 29, 2010 by Mike
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The non-conference season has come to a close and there are still numerous questions about the 2010 Nittany Lions. Tune in for Mike & Mark’s thoughts on the close win over Temple and what we learned from the second half turn around.

The guys also get you ready for the Hawkeyes with a full preview and discuss a few under the radar topics suggested by the listeners.

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Blue White Football Podcast #82: Owl Preview

Posted September 24, 2010 by Mike
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Real world responsibilities came calling this week and the podcast had to be delayed a bit but Mike & Mark are back to discuss tomorrow’s matchup with Temple. Tune in for a breakdown of the Owls as the Nittany Lions hope to keep the streak alive against their in-state foe.

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Blue White Football Podcast #81: Bama Reaction

Posted September 16, 2010 by Mike
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A tough Saturday in Tuscaloosa leaves the Nittany Lions with numerous questions as they look to rebound from a disheartening loss. Tune in for Mike and Mark’s thoughts on the concerns after week two and what needs to be done to right the ship before Big Ten play begins.

Though there were several negatives from the game with the Tide, the guys also look at the bright spots that give an indication of success down the road as this team grows.

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Blue White Football Podcast #80: Tide Preview

Posted September 8, 2010 by Mike
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Week one was full of storylines as the Nittany Lions defeated Youngstown State in impressive form on the strength of true freshman quarterback Rob Bolden’s stellar debut. Tune in for our thoughts on the young QB and if we’ve changed our perspectives on 2010 now that we know Penn State has a signal-caller that can get the job done.

Also, check out our Big Ten Divisions thoughts and full Alabama preview where Mark & Mike discuss how much of an impact the losses of Marcell Dareus and Mark Ingram will have on the Tide.

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The 2010 Penn State Football Pump Up Video

Posted August 31, 2010 by Mike
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Blue White Football Podcast #79: Outlook 2010

Posted August 31, 2010 by Mike
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The summer is drawing to a close and that finally means the return of Penn State football and the Blue White Football Podcast. Mike and Mark return from their hibernation to discuss the 2010 Nittany Lions and what it will take for the squad to exceed expectations in a year with numerous questions.

Tune in for the thoughts on the highly debated Quarterback position, the continued Offensive Line woes and which Lions we expect to have a breakout year. Also, the guys discuss their thoughts on Big Ten Divisions and what it could mean for Penn State to be playing in a championship game beginning in 2011. Finally college football is back and stay with us throughout the fall for continued coverage of Dear Old State.

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Blue White Football Podcast #78: Spring Football Wrap Up

Posted May 1, 2010 by Mike
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Mike and Mark return to wrap up Spring Football and address the numerous questions which now plague the Nittany Lions following the Blue White Game. The guys are also joined by former Illini fullback and current Big Ten Network analyst Howard Griffith to discuss the current state of PSU.

Tune in for thoughts on all of spring ball as well as potential Big Ten expansion candidates and which former Lion will have the biggest impact in the NFL next season.

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Blue White Football Podcast #77: Capital One Bowl Preview

Posted December 30, 2009 by Mike
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Bowl season is upon us and the Nittany Lions are set to square off with the LSU tigers on January 1st in the Capital One Bowl. Download our latest podcast for a full preview of the Tigers and what we can expect from the Nittany Lions as they look to notch a signature win for the 2009 season.

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Blue White Football Podcast #76: MSU Recap

Posted November 23, 2009 by Mike
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The Nittany Lions wrapped up the regular season with a dominant performance against the Spartans in East Lansing. Join Mike & Mark for thoughts on Penn State’s decisive victory as well as a reassessment of the team’s BCS chances after the finale.

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Blue White Football Podcast #75: Spartan Preview

Posted November 19, 2009 by Mike
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Once again it is time for the battle for the worst looking trophy in all of sports as the Nittany Lions and Spartans face off for the Land Grant Trophy. Tune in for Mike & Mark’s thoughts on the regular season finale, a discussion of BCS Scenarios as well as the new pricing of seats at Beaver Stadium in 2011.

The guys also discuss whether or not this rivalry has blossomed after Mark Dantonio’s antics a year ago and what a four-way shared title would mean to the Nittany Lions if Michigan could pull off a shocking upset.

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Blue White Football Podcast #74: Indiana Preview

Posted November 13, 2009 by Mike
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After a disappointing game against the Buckeyes Mike & Mark return to discuss the Lions matchup with Indiana on Senior Day. Tune in for thoughts on last week’s loss, where Daryll Clark stands in the landscape of Penn State quarterbacks and our preview of the Indiana Hoosiers.

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Blue White Football Podcast #73: Ohio State Preview

Posted November 6, 2009 by Mike
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The defining game of the 2009 season has arrived and Mike & Mark are back to discuss the matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes.

Tune in for thoughts from several players about last week’s game as well as this week’s showdown against OSU. Plus, the guys give their reasons to be concerned and reasons not be concerned following the come from behind win over Northwestern.

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Blue White Football Podcast #72: Wildcat Preview

Posted October 29, 2009 by Mike
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Penn State finishes up their road trip with a visit to Northwestern for Purplepalooza. Join Mike & Mark as they discuss the impact of 4th and 15 on the program as well as the areas to be concerned about when the Lions matchup against the Wildcats.

The guys are also joined by Jay from Lake the Posts as he gives the NU perspective to help us preview the game.

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Blue White Football Podcast #71: Victory in Ann Arbor!

Posted October 27, 2009 by Mike
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Join Mike & Mark for the first of two podcasts this week as they react to the victory over the Michigan Wolverines that has the Nittany Lions in place for a run at another BCS Bowl. The guys also discuss Clark’s resurgence, the defense’s dominance and how PSU would fare if they had a rematch with Iowa.

(Note: There is a minor audio issue with the podcast that we hope to have fixed by the next edition)

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MGOBlog Interview

Posted October 23, 2009 by Mike
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Brian from MGOBlog was kind enough give us an even better idea of what to expect from the Wolverines on Saturday. Tune in for Brian’s thoughts on Tate Forcier and the Michigan offense as well as what Nittany Lions fans can expect from a Wolverine defense that has struggled this season.

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Reasons to feel confident about Michigan

Posted October 23, 2009 by roarlionsroar
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Hello Nittany Nation, my apologies for not posting in a while.  This seems as a good occasion as any to dust off my old coke bottle glasses.

We’ll start by ignoring all the crap that’s been floated around this week about PSU not beating Michigan at home since 96 and how Michigan’s won 99 of the last 100 or whatever.  We’ll also ignore last year’s PSU victory, because it would be unfair to compare this year’s Michigan team to last year’s.  We’re just going to focus on the 2009 Nittany Lions vs. the 2009 Michigan Wolverines.  So without further ado, here are 5 reasons why I am feeling pretty confident that we can come away with a victory this weekend.

#5 – Our offensive line.

Finally, in the last few weeks, it seems that our O line is clicking.  In the games against Illinois, Eastern Cupcake, and Minnesota – we’ve managed to boast very balanced attacks, and seemingly showed no signs of a struggle in moving the ball.  Albeit these are not great defenses, but you can’t say they’re worse defenses than Akron / Syracuse / Temple – and we looked 5 times better against these later teams than we did in the beginning of the season.  Which should make a difference in my #4 point.

#4 – Game Plans

The best thing we did in the Minnesota game was ball possession.  We had the ball for more than 41 minutes of the game, which is insane to think about.  This is how we win on Saturday.  From the few games I’ve watched of Michigan, they have an electric offense.  They’re exciting to watch, but they are very much a quick strike team. From what I saw, they didn’t do a great job of ball possession and running out the clock.   In fact, they haven’t had more ball possession against any of the big name teams they’ve faced this year (Notre Dame, Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa).  Against Michigan State, they only had the ball for 19 minutes – which can easily be attributed to why they lost that game.

Penn State has always been a run the ball, ball possession team – even in the Spread HD.  This is how we won against Ohio State in Columbus last year, and this is how we can win this year.  Hold on to the ball, and play Joe Paterno style smash mouth football.  Michigan’s offense, as good as it is,  can only be effective if they’re on the field.

#3 – The Return of the King

Ladies and gentleman, for the first time this year (and for the first time ever) we will have both Mr. Sean Lee AND Mr. Navorro Bowman playing an ENTIRE game together on defense.  Dear Michigan, please try to not bleed all over our nice white uni’s.  Thanks.  Management.

#2 – Michigan’s D

As much news as everyone makes of Michigan’s new offense, very little praise is actually given to their D.  And with good reason.  So far, their D has given up an average of 21.9 points per game.  If you remove both directional Michigans and a school from Delaware from those totals, they have given up 30.8 points per game against “good” competition.  Including giving up 33 points to Indiana at home.  This is clearly an advantage in our offense’s favor.

#1 – Our Secondary

After this past week, my lips are officially stained blue with the Kool-Aid.  The defensive improvement in our team from last year to this year is no more evident than in our secondary.  Eric Decker, who is one of the greatest wide receivers in the NCAA today, had no answers for us last Saturday.  We did what no other team could do, we shut him down.  And by “we”, I mean AJ Wallace.  The man has officially lived up to the hype and he is a real shut down corner.  I haven’t felt this good about our secondary in four years, since the days when we had Zemaitis running havoc back there.

I’d have to disagree with Mike’s assessment on the podcast this week (posted below), I do think that Tate Forcier is a real deal quarterback.  He almost reminds me of a Michael Robinson type.  He’s a gifted athlete, who makes smart decisions, and he is able to give the extra effort to get his team the win.  Now, it might not always be evident this year – he still makes some Freshman mistakes, and it seems like he’s been battling a slew of injuries all season – but I think that he’s a big time player.  However, with our secondary, I think we’re going to severely limit his options.  And with our linebackers, I think we’re going to severely limit his quality of life.

All in all, it seems that our team has come together now – 8 weeks into the season – and aside from lingering issues on special teams there’s not many weak spots that teams can exploit.  Against Michigan I think we particularly match up well.

My prediction – Penn State 31 – Michigan 17

Blue White Football Podcast #70: Michigan Preview

Posted October 22, 2009 by Mike
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Michigan week always brings a variety of opinions and Mike & Mark discuss the Wolverines from several perspectives as the Nittany Lions look to win in Ann Arbor for the first time since 1996. Joins us for a preview of Saturday’s game as well as a recap of the shutout victory over Minnesota.

Plus, we once again re-assess our predictions for this season and figure out which Linebacker we fear getting hit by above all others.

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Blue White Football Podcast # 69: Minnesota Preview

Posted October 15, 2009 by Mike
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After a break to finish off the non-conference slate, the Nittany Lions return to Big Ten play for the remainder of the season by opening up with the Golden Gophers of Minnesota. Tune in for a recap of the game against Eastern Illinois, midseason accolades and our predictions for homecoming weekend.

We’re also joined by Tom from The Daily Gopher to get a Minnesota perspective on this upcoming weekend’s battle for the Governor’s Victory Bell.

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