For as embarrassing as an 0-2 start was, Penn State still has a favorable road ahead of them, especially in the short term.
After winning convincingly against Navy and Temple, the Nittany Lions are setting up for what could be a five-game winning streak (next three weeks: at Illinois, Northwestern and at Iowa).
Both Illinois and Iowa have had embarrassing losses of their own, as the Illini were scorched at home against Louisiana Tech last week and the Hawkeyes have suffered home losses to Iowa State and Central Michigan.
Another reason for optimism should be the play of the Nittany Lions defense, which ranks 24th in the country in points allowed (15.3 per game). Quarterback Matt McGloin has also performed well, considering the subtractions of Redd and wide receiver Justin Brown, throwing nine touchdowns and just two interceptions this season.
The Penn State defense alone has the ability to win the next three games. Don't discount this team just yet.
When thinking about their team, Penn State fans should refer to one of the greatest movies of all time, The Dark Knight.
"The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming."