Big Ten or Big Joke? Small Opponents, Big Losses Hurting Conference Credibility

Allison BailCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2009

Being in the Big Ten Conference is no longer a job in its own.

The Big Ten is no longer seen as being a difficult conference. This is especially true when basing those conclusions on, let's say, the Nittany Lions' schedule this year.

Of course we start out the season with some non-conference games that don't really matter and aren't very interesting. After that, it's suppose to be the big show...games like Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Iowa are what the fans really look forward to viewing.

But are these games beginning to lose their thunder?

Last week, Ohio State lost to USC (15-18) and Michigan State had an embarrassing loss to Central Michigan (27-29.)

These games left students wondering what Penn State would or could do to these teams. Don't get me wrong, Ohio State is going to be a huge matchup this season, but do the students think so?

Eldin Kalic says, "We (PSU) can beat anybody in the Big Ten! I don't think people give us the credit we deserve because we're in the conference that we're in."

Kyle Ogden disagrees by stating, "Even though people make fun of the Big Ten, I think it's on the rise!"

"Teams like Ohio State are going to be tough just because they're starting their season off with tough matches like USC (who beat us in the Rose Bowl last year), while Penn State is easing its way into the season by playing worthless teams like Temple", says Matt DiPietro.

He also goes on to say that he would have been upset if Ohio State would have beat USC.

Personally, I think that the Nittany Lions may not be as prepared for the big named teams in the Big Ten as we think they are, only because we haven't seen any real competition yet. I'm sure that we'll step our game up and realize what we have to do when that time comes.

On the flip, I also think that we will have a good chance against Ohio State because compared to Terrelle Pryor,  Daryl Clark is progressing as a better quarterback in many ways. Also, as long as Evan Royster continues to finish Clark's passing game, we will be in good shape.

I took a few steps back and asked a few people what their thoughts on the Temple game were and all that I got in return was: "Who cares"—"We will crush them"—and even a prediction of "49-0."

This just, once again, goes to show that the students at Penn State think of these first few games as jokes and are really anticipating the competition from the big named teams later in the season.

Let us know what you think about the Big Ten Conference. Leave your thoughts and comments below.

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