Buckeyes' Loss is Nittany Lions' Gain

Zak KulinContributor ISeptember 17, 2008

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who had picked Penn State to win the Big Ten title at the beginning of the spring. After a close call against Ohio and a Buckeye loss to USC, many experts are tabbing the Lions as a possible title contender and BCS sleeper.

These predictions are warranted, as the Lions have showcased their explosive offense throughout the first three games of the season. Daryll Clark has shown he has the make-up of a championship-type quarterback, posting 524 yards, five TDs and zero interceptions thus far.

His receivers are a big part of his success, as seniors Jordan Norwood and Deion Butler are 1-2 on the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Sophomore sensation Evan Royster has led the Nittany Lions running attack with 306 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Looking ahead to the rest of the schedule, only two games peak my interest as possible losses. Oct. 11 at Wisconsin and Oct. 25 at Ohio State are very intriguing games.

Those two teams are assumed to be the class of the conference, with Penn State not far behind. If Penn State can manage to get through these roadblocks, they should be expecting a shot at the National Title.

Illinois and Indiana are two other games of intrigue, however these games will be played at Happy Valley, with at least one under the lights and presumably in front of a whiteout.

All in all, if Penn State sticks to its Spread HD system and continues to run the ball well, an undefeated season should not be out of reason. The defense has been great so far, especially considering it's D-Line has been decimated with injury and suspensions.

The season, quite possibly could come down to the showdown at Ohio State, and hopefully for the Nittany Lions, a win will be in store.