Coming Monday: Part two of my look at Charlie Manuel, focusing on the tactical lessons learned in his inaugural Phillies season. Plus, my thoughts on the MLB playoffs. Go White Sox! How bout that!
Tonight, I'll be in Happy Valley for a prime time battle between my 16th-ranked Nittany Lions (5-0) and the 6th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (3-1). Tune in to hear 100,000 strong boo a giant nut. It’s going to be pandemonium.
AP Primer: After several losing seasons and relentless criticism, legendary coach Joe Paterno has Penn State one win away from thrusting itself back onto the national spotlight.
The 16th-ranked Nittany Lions are out to prove they're again worthy of being considered among the nation's elite programs when they host Big Ten rival Ohio State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
Coming off four losing seasons in the last five years, Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) jumped into the AP top-25 with an impressive 44-14 win over then-No. 18 Minnesota at State College, Pa., on Saturday.
Penn State is back into the rankings for the first time since the final media poll of the 2002 season. With seven straight wins dating to last year, the Nittany Lions have the third-longest winning streak in the nation, behind top-ranked USC (26) and No. 2 Texas (11).
With a win over sixth-ranked Ohio State (3-1, 1-0), the Nittany Lions could emerge as the surprise favorite for the Big Ten title and the conference's BCS bid.