SjT: View From the Couch

Tuesday Commentary from Purple Reign's resident "Man in the Stands" and on the sidelines - SjT.

Wow - it's amazing what 51 points will do for a mood around this list.:)
Suddenly the talk has gone from 2-9 and a coaching change to a bowl bid and Heisman talk.

As our not-so-friend on TV says ... not so fast, friends. It's nice to see the purple pride back -- and a win over Wisconsin certainly feels great -- but I'm not sure we should get ahead of ourselves yet.

Far more encouraging than the 51 points, IMO, have been Penn State's two wins over two pretty darn good teams the last two weeks. That loss still stings given we'd be 4-1 and alone atop the league ... but at least it feels a little more respectable than it did when I left Dyche two weeks ago feeling that we had blown a game against a mediocre and turnover-prone team.

That said, let's not kid ourselves about the road ahead. Purdue is a cornered animal at 0-2 in the league. OSU and Michigan have already lost more games than folks around there accept in a 2-year span. And as mentioned, Iowa seems to always be a far better team in November than in September with Ferentz coaching. Not to mention that MSU may be one of the few teams in the league capable of matching us blow for blow on scoring.

Is it an impossible task?

No - we certainly can beat anybody left on the slate if Baz and Tyrell are on their games. And maybe if we can put on some shamrock or something, Lloyd Carr and Joe Tiller will do their usual Notre Dame clamp-up job and try to run the ball even when they should be throwing. But this is still a formidable schedule remaining. Even Illinois isn't as bad as they were last year.

It's gonna be a real fun October in this league because it really is wide open and everyone but Illinois can legitimately talk about bowl bids if they get a break or two.

So I love to see the purple-colored glasses back in fashion :) ... but I think I'll keep my eyes closed until Saturday and look through 'em hopefully after our win in West Lafayette.
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