Posted November 25, 2018 at 06:30 AM | Updated November 25, 2018 at 09:58 AM
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Trace McSorley (9) and the Nittany Lions may well be fighting their bowl opponents last year, the Pac-12 North division champion Washington Huskies, for the final New Year’s Six bowl spot. The Huskies’ advantage: They get a chance to win a league title.
By David Jones/PennLive
Lots of questions for you in the final regular-season edition of the SMQB. I have my answers. Maybe not all the ones you wanna hear.
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Penn State head coach James Franklin looks on during the third quarter of his Nittany Lions’ 38-3 win over Maryland.
1. Franklin kept this team on-point through challenges.
Gripe and bleed about James Franklin’s game management all you like. But for all of those who greeted the news that the PSU head coach might be considered for the USC job with a hearty “Let him go!” I’ll just say this now: Be careful what you wish for.
Franklin isn’t merely a great recruiter, as some of you have suggested. He also is one of the best at getting his teams emotionally ready to play, competitive each and every week. Yes, they’ve made mental mistakes. Yes, they’ve dropped key passes and interceptions and committed some dumb penalties at key junctures. Sometimes they’ve not been helped by their own staff’s questionable strategies and in-game decisions.
But how many times have they come out listless and lacking fire? I can think of twice – Michigan State and @Rutgers. That’s not bad at all for a 12-game season. And while so many other traditionally good and physical teams in this league limped to the wire – notably Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan State – Penn State has flown through the tape.