Thursday, December 18, 2014

Penn State 48 (!), Wisconsin 7

MADISON, Wis. -- It was a late night last night here in the midwest, but Penn State made a Statement (with a capital "S") by throttling Wisconsin, 48-7. With three of the top five teams in the nation falling, the Nittany Lions will likely move up to No. 3 in the national rankings. I'm doing my Associated Press ballot in a bit and will have it here as soon as I'm finished. If Penn State is No. 3, it will be its highest ranking since the end of the 2005 season.

Penn State 48 (!), Wisconsin 7

MADISON, Wis. -- It was a late night last night here in the midwest, but Penn State made a Statement (with a capital "S") by throttling Wisconsin, 48-7. With three of the top five teams in the nation falling, the Nittany Lions will likely move up to No. 3 in the national rankings. I'm doing my Associated Press ballot in a bit and will have it here as soon as I'm finished. If Penn State is No. 3, it will be its highest ranking since the end of the 2005 season.

The Lions are also 7-0 for the first time since 1999. That team went 9-0 before losing the final three games of the season. Penn State has to now think a run of the table, a Big Ten title and a spot in the national championship are all possible.

In another subplot, coach Joe Paterno coached from the press box for the second straight game and is now getting around with the aid of a cane.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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