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Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:40 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Much credit to Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the work on these Joe Paterno statistics: As JoePa pursues win No. 401 Saturday at Ohio State , it's worth noting how he won a significant portion of his first 400. For the first 27 years of his head coaching career, Penn State played as an independent. The Nittany Lions regularly faced these six Eastern independents -- West Virginia, Syracuse, Rutgers, Temple, Pittsburgh and Boston College .

The Suspect Six weren't exactly national powers, at least they weren't against Paterno. Penn State was 112-14-1 against those schools before joining the Big Ten. Throw in the service academies -- Army, Navy and Air Force were especially devastated during the Vietnam War -- and Joe was 130-16-1. Those 130 victories before joining the Big Ten account for more than half of his wins as an independent and 32.5 percent of his total victories ...

Who keeps track of this stuff? Michigan can win its 300th all-time game in November against Purdue ... Two backup quarterbacks go at it in Atlanta. Miami freshman Stephen Morris led a last-minute win over Maryland last week. Georgia Tech goes with sophomore Tevin Washington who replaces Josh Nesbitt , out with a broken arm ... With a win over Kent State , Army (5-4) assures that all three service academies are bowl eligible ... Syracuse (6-3 heading to Rutgers) is one of just nine I-A teams with four road wins ...

This is where playing I-AAs becomes a liability. Arizona State (4-5) must win its final three games to become bowl eligible. The Sun Devils played two I-AAs and now must sweep Stanford, UCLA and Arizona ... SEC teams are averaging 31 points per game, the most since expansion in 1992 ... Vanderbilt has attempted four field goals and 72 punts ... The Big East has no bowl eligible teams. At this point last year it had three.


Comments

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:23 am
 

Son of Weekend Watch List

You are so misguided and just plain wrong. 



Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Son of Weekend Watch List

joe pa is 10 years to late for retirement. he doesnt coach, all he is is a figure head.and cant win without players with rap sheets



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Son of Weekend Watch List

Dodd you and Bill Livingston are a walking breathing example of terrible journalism.  To try and deface one of the greatest coaches in college history by trying to discount his accomplishments is deplorable.  You sir are an idiot.


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