Penn State week and isn’t this getting interesting. The parking/tailgating fiasco just reinforces my decision to watch the game at home with friends. But I had a true blast with everyone last Saturday.
Well post up Know the Enemy (could someone do up an article about PSU for this? It would help me greatly as my week is two-blocked with medical and family stuff – thanks) and a Game Thread & Predictions. But here are some things to read –
“I don’t have social media, so this is the most social media I’ve gotten this week,” Dintino, 23, joked Tuesday to several reporters at Pitt’s South Side practice facility. “I kind of got rid of that when I got to college, so I don’t know what they’re saying out there.”
As Pitt’s left guard, Dintino will have to deal with noise on the field, too, against the No. 13 Nittany Lions. Looking back on Pitt’s 2016 win against Penn State at Heinz Field, he recalled: “It was loud.” Looking back on Pitt’s 2017 loss to Penn State at Beaver Stadium, he recalled: “It was loud.”
Good – he doesn’t know what I’ve been saying about the OL!
2007 — LeSean McCoy vs. Penn State’s linebackers
McCoy famously spurned the Lions as a hot high school recruit out of Harrisburg, and that fact alone would have given us a juicy story line to follow. This matchup would have been about so much more, though, as two of Linebacker U’s all-time greats would have been lining up on the other side of the field. Sean Lee and Dan Conner posted a combined 283 tackles to lead a dominant defense that season, but could they have kept up with McCoy, who racked up 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman? It’s a shame we never got a chance to find out.
Narduzzi called Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley “maybe the front-runner” for the Heisman Trophy, because of his dual-threat ability and being Penn State’s “emotional leader.” He also ticked off several names on both sides of the ball that stand out to him as bigger, stronger and faster than Albany’s personnel, but acknowledged that the roster presented by the Nittany Lions — who opened as 10.5-point favorites on VegasInsider.com — doesn’t pose much of a difference from the players Pitt practices against on a daily basis.
+10.5 points looks about right to me. It might have gone down I suppose but I think this is going to be a tough game for us to pull out – but a full house might help…even if half will be PSU fans.
I’ll go with Pitt on the strength of three players – Goldberg, Dorsett and Green. But overall it is pretty close.
Yeah – I changed the headline as a dig to the Sunseri haters… The writers really should have called this a “Modern History” All-Time team for Pitt because Goldberg was the best in the country for two straight years. Years that Pitt won national Championships. I’d put him in front of Martin in a second based on what they did in college.
I think people have a hard time separating what players actually do in college for Pitt as opposed to what they do in the NFL. I’d also put James Conner in front of Martin for his rushing TD production alone. Here is what both players did:
So – 1,090 more yards; 0.5 more ypc (and that is a big amount) and 37 more TDs cinched it for Conner and truthfully there is no real comparison.
Here’s what Goldberg did for us.
At the University of Pittsburgh, under coach Jock Sutherland, he led the Pitt Panthers to back-to-back national championships in 1936 and 1937. Goldberg’s 1936 team won the 1937 Rose Bowl. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1937 and was runner-up for the Heisman in 1938. He was also an All-American in both 1937 and 1938, first as a halfback and then as a fullback. During his Pitt career he amassed 1,957 rushing yards, a school record that stood until 1974 when Tony Dorsett surpassed it. Goldberg was part of Pitt’s legendary Dream Backfield along with Dick Cassiano, John ‘Chick’ Chickerneo, & Curly Stebbins. Some experts consider Pitt’s Dream Backfield superior to the more famous Four Horsemen of Notre Dame.
Despite what Penn State fans say, this matchup tends to have a huge impact on both teams’ season outcomes. There is a direct correlation between the results of the rivalry games and how each respective program performs that season. Pitt’s greatest era from 1922 to 1938 featured complete dominance in the games against Penn State. Conversely, Penn State outplayed Pitt in the series (going 32-13-2) between 1952 and 2000, and also became more nationally relevant with two national championships.
That is an excellent and overlooked point – good for the Pitt News to get that!
Here are some photos of the Albany tailgate and game: