Monday, January 02, 2017

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS +7.5(-115) over Usc Trojans(Win 52-49)
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS +250 over Usc Trojans---------Considering losses by Michigan and Ohio State-----and the fact that Iowa is getting blown out----its fair to say the Big Ten has disgraced itself.   But nobody's impressed that USC beat sorry Colorado only 21-17.   USC's only impressive win was against Washington,  and they're not even that good because they failed to cover vs Alabama.   (And there were some bad Pac-12 teams this year).   It may be a leap of faith to take Penn State here,  considering the Big Ten's now revealed deficiency.  But at least Penn State has something to prove:  That they DESERVED to play Clemson because 1)they won their conference and 2) they beat the team that DID get the opportunity to (disgracefully) play Clemson.(Lose 52-49........Highest scoring Rose Bowl in history so........nobody was playing much defense.  However,  Penn State had a 15-pt lead with 10:26 left in the 3rd quarter.  Later,  Penn State had a 14pt lead up till 8:15 left in the 4th quarter,  when USC scored.   So PSU gets the ball and goes 3 and out.   Punts and then stops them.  So USC has to punt,  behind by 7,  with 4:08 left in the game.   Penn State gets the ball and gets 1 First Down running with 2:45 left in the game.   Then they run,  which is what I would have done.   And USC uses,  like,  3 consecutive Time Outs.   Penn State punts and USC gets it back and there's about 1:59 left in the game when Darnold starts the drive.   Darnold hits 2 passes and there's still 1:44 left in the game.  Then a damaging Pass Int by Jordan Smith(15yds 1st Down).   Then another Pass Int on Grant Haley----and this one was pretty obvious;  he was clawing at him.   Then a TD pass to Deontay Burnett(his 3rd TD catch of the game)...........and the clock's at 1:20.   That sure didn't take long.   USC had so much momentum at that point.......they were probably gonna win somehow,  even if it went to Overtime.  (I would say the fixers came in for that last drive by Darnold).   But Penn State's defense had plenty of chances to win the game.  Couldn't do it.  USC was +2 TO and outgained Penn State by 110 yards.)


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