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Top 10 Games in the Ohio State - Penn State Rivalry

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Kevin Paul

Saturday's game at Beaver Stadium marks the 25th time the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes have faced off, and in recent memory, the rivalry has seen a significant spike in growth, especially with the recent drop-off of Michigan football.

The series is all knotted up 12-12, featuring a number of exciting matchups over the years.  To further prove that fact, what better way to do so by taking a look at some of the top moments in recent history between Penn State and Ohio State... specifically the top ten games in the rivalry, featuring - what else - but 5 wins by the Nittany Lions and 5 by the Buckeyes, while including a famous name hat played in the game during that season.

Top 10 Games in the Ohio State - Penn State Rivalry
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Penn State's Derek Moye: The Big Ten's Most Under-Appreciated Receiver

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Kevin Paul

Drop the talk about Arrelious Benn of Illinois or Keith Smith from Purdue.  Say goodbye to Eric Decker.  It's time to say hello to the most under-appreciated receiver in the Big Ten, and perhaps all of college football.

Some fans in Happy Valley like to call him "D. Moye".
    
And while in real life, the "D" is short for Derek, more and more each day the true meaning of the "D" would be more fitting as "disrespected".
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Terrelle Pryor: Halfway to Becoming The Next Ron Powlus

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Kevin Paul

Terrelle Pryor, now over a year after being named Ohio State's brand spankin' new poster child for success in college football, is instead now nearly halfway to becoming the equivalent to Notre Dame's Ron Powlus.

That's right, the same Ron Powlus that Beano Cook claimed would be the first player to win multiple Heisman trophies since Archie Griffin.

The same Ron Powlus that had moments of success at Notre Dame, but all in all never met the hype that was generated around his exit from high school football, and apparent ascension into college football history.

The same Ron Powlus that was a part of an Irish football team that made three bowl games, only to lose each and every one of them.

That, my friends - to this point - has described this Buckeyes quarterback "in a nutshell" - a boatload of hype, but only a handful of brilliant moments drowned out by a number of Titanic-like collapses.

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Handing Out Hardware at College Football's Halfway Point

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Kevin Paul

Prepare those speeches and clear some space on the mantle, because it's time to hand out some midseason hardware for the 2009 college football season:
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Wallace Has Coming-Out Party as Penn State Shuts Down Minnesota

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Kevin Paul

STATE COLLEGE, PA - On a day first owned by Mother Nature, Penn State and senior cornerback A.J. Wallace put in a dominating performance of their own, shutting out Minnesota 20-0 on a rain and snow soaked Homecoming evening.

 

For some, the road of life features more twists and turns, rises or falls, than others.

 

Take A.J. Wallace, for example.

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Penn State Secondary Will Get First True Test with Minnesota's Decker

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Kevin Paul

Entering the 2009 season, one of the biggest question marks for Penn State was the team's secondary, which entering the season lost significant experience from the 2008 roster, with players such as Anthony Scirrotto, Tony Davis and Lydell Sargeant all moving on.

Left was a talented, yet inexperienced bunch, featuring only a handful of returning starts, all from two players in senior A.J. Wallace and sophomore free safety Drew Astorino.

Midway through the season, this group of Lions has held its own, but it goes without saying that the Penn State secondary has barely been tested to date.

Until this weekend, that is, when a more consistent Minnesota offense comes to town, led by the Big Ten's receiving leader Eric Decker (46 receptions for 689 yards and 5 TD's).

Ignore the fact that Minnesota is ranked 75th in passing (205.2 yds/game) and Penn State is 25th in pass defense.  These numbers don't reflect the truth.
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Top Ten Storylines for the Upcoming Weekend in Big Ten Football

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Kevin Paul

It may not be the sexiest list of games slated for the Big Ten this weekend, but it's a week that nevertheless features enough potentially important storylines.  Take the following, which this writer feels could be the most intriguing as the weekend approaches:
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Big Ten Football: Week 2 Early Games - Handing Out Gold Stars and Throwing Tomatoes

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Kevin Paul

For those not familiar with my work in the past, it's common occurrence to throw a tomato when dissatisfied with a play or performance (on or off the field) - all in all, a playful way to show that a performance could have been better - much better.  

On the counter side, handing out gold stars is necessary for the elite performances.  With that being said, let's touch upon the early games for Week 2 in Big Ten football...

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Ten by Ten: Can You Top Our Trio?

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Kevin Paul

College football is here and if you haven't heard already, the boys at First and Big Ten are celebrating by having a little contest on Big Ten football.

It's not too late to play - deadline for the first week is Saturday at 7am.  But since the season starts tonight with Indiana taking the field against Eastern Kentucky, we are going to post our picks now.

Here's a recap of the 10 questions for Week 1, plus our predictions:

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Who Says There's No Trades In College Football? Hoosiers Swap Home Conference Game For Cash

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Tim Cary

According to a release from the Indiana University athletic department, Indiana has agreed to play its 2010 home game against Penn State at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

In exchange for moving the game from Bloomington to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. (and selling an allotment of 7,000 seats), Indiana will receive three million dollars.
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A Six-Pack of Trap Games Facing Big Ten Teams in 2009

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Kevin Paul

Coaches preach to the high heavens that a team never, ever looks ahead to a big game, but instead focuses on the current opponent.

Right, and Brutus the Buckeye has a tiny head.

For every hyped up "game of the year" such as Trojans vs. Buckeyes or Ohio State and Penn State, there's a trap game lying in the weeds, ready to up and pounce on the college football world, sending shock waves far and wide.  Take the following six-pack of examples, which could serve as trap games in the Big Ten for 2009...
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Why The Big Ten Race Depends On Rebuilt Knees

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Tim Cary

Each of us has at least one three-letter acronym we never want to hear.  Something that immediately brings to mind a terrible fear, past horror, irreversible mistake, or worst nightmare.

RIP.

WMD.

HIV.

HGH.

MIA.

IRS.

OSU.  (Sorry, Wolverine fans, couldn't resist.)
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Football is Coming, So Get Up and Make Some Noise Already!

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Kevin Paul

Put on that game face.  Football is coming.

I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

Aren't you in pain from a summer of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent?  Sure you are, but quit crying over that open wound left from excessive Gosselin gossip.  

RUB SOME DIRT ON IT.

College football is just a hair over two weeks away - a stone's throw from a heck of an opener between #14 Oregon and #16 Boise State - on the "Smurf Turf".  If the coma-inducing jerseys and field aren't enough, just look at the talent and implications of game one, as the Ducks could easily challenge USC for the Pac-10, while the Broncos could be this year's BCS darling.  Heck, one dream alone can be crushed before the opening weekend.

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A Big Ten Football Tribute to John Hughes and his Movies

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Kevin Paul

John Hughes was a genius, a one of a kind talent who blessed the world with comedic gems such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, National Lampoon's Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Home Alone, Uncle Buck and more.

Sadly, Hughes left the world prematurely after dying of a heart attack at age 59 just a few short days ago.  The writer/producer/director had ties with the city of Chicago, and the people who lived there loved him like they love deep dish pizza, the Wrigley Field ivy, Ozzie Guillen's potty mouth and Big Ten football.

That's where this piece comes in - to provide a Big Ten football tribute to the passing of John Hughes, by providing a list of famous quotes from many of his movies, and providing the Big Ten football personality that fits the quote the most...
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Big Ten Needs to Walk the Talk

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Kevin Paul

It's a broken record... the movie Groundhog Day in football form.  

The SEC owns the Big Ten.

The SEC owns college football.

Big Ten fans respond by grabbing a dull spoon and making a twirling motion towards their chests.

If you're a die-hard Big Ten football fan, then you likely dabbled in watching the Media Day coverage a number of days back.  Yours truly did.  And if you noticed, there was an intruder in the back room, with a southern accent, occasionally peppering questions that were borderline toying with that naughty three-letter word...

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