In its first game against a ranked opponent (Illinois), Penn State showed exactly what the skeptics were waiting to see: An explosive spread offense with a plethora of weapons and a defense that wasn't exactly immune to big plays but produced enough turnovers (three) and key stops that the Illini couldn't close the gap. The Nittany Lions are the league's most complete team right now.
First, Jay Paterno, unlike his monstrous brother Jabba the Hut or his 700 year old father who thinks that George W. Bush is one of the greatest presidents of our time, turns out to have some real world common sense and is a big Obama supporter.
Then, he starts coaching. I mean really coaching. Hitting Williams on the wheel-route after the play action fake to Williams??? That was a thing of beauty. A joy forever. In five games, there's been maybe one groaner of a play call on offense--and considering it was a 4th and one right up the gut, Joe probably sent that one in himself(Alabama, Joe! Alabama!!!).
The rest of it has been...well, brilliant.
It has. It's not only worked, but it's been fun as hell to watch. And fun is not usually a word used to describe a Penn State offense outside of a college football bloopers montage.
And I know. There are seven more games to go. And some of those games will be on the road, where Penn State has been like 1-30 over the past ten years. And they'll be facing some much better defenses than Coastal Carolina.
But if you're going to be savage in your criticism when things are horrible, you have to be fair and honest when things go well. So stand back:
Jay's been doing a hell of a good job.