This news gives me all the opening I need, readers-who-don't-care-about-PSU:
Jordan Norwood tweeted today that he's off to Philadelphia. The exact tweet from the former Penn State receiver: To Philadelphia for me!!! Praising God for the opportunity. We shall see how it goes.
Norwood, released by Cleveland just before the start of the season, in indeed coming to Philadelphia, but only a workout in front of team officials tonight is guaranteed.
With that out of the way, let's talk about those first three games. On the plus side, the defensive line looks dominating and Daryll Clark continues his Donovan McNabb impression*. The offensive skill position talent is also extremely solid. Even with the departure of the three amigos, the big step-ups from the tight ends and the young replacements seems to be working out just fine.
With all that said, this has not looked anything like a top five team, outside of the first half against, yeah, Akron. Great teams really should be able to run the ball against Syracuse, and it's not particularly awesome when you get outcoached by Temple.
Positive version of these events: Any time the players look like they actually care, they've been dominating these guys. And college football is always about being a work in progress.
Negative version: Against Akron, Syracuse and Temple the really good teams are going to do better than 4-1 in touchdowns.
Synthesis: Penn State's not that good, but the Big Ten is so terrible this year it may not matter. Please don't make us play USC again in January.
* Clark looks more like McNabb than any other player I've ever watched. He's got the size, the speed, the streakiness, and even the baffling "where the heck was that throw supposed to go" moments. Plus, he can run the Wildcat.
And he's not likely to be highly rated coming into the draft this year ......