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Penn State Football: Mailbag Talks Buses and New Look Offense

by on August 30, 2012 9:00 PM

Once a week I’ll take the time to answer questions from you, the reader. If you want to join in on the conversation feel free to follow along on twitter at @Ben_Jones88 or email me at the contact information found on my profile page.

As Penn State approaches the first game of the Bill O’Brien era plenty of questions remain unanswered. Let’s take a look at some of these questions heading into the first week of the season.

Who surprises on defense for Penn State? I’m going to go with the entire secondary. Having been overlooked through spring and summer practice due to lack of game experience and depth, the Nittany Lion secondary starts the season with fans not knowing what to expect, many fans often expecting the worst. Secondary and defensive back’s coach John Butler has worked his unit extremely hard this offseason and I expect players like Adrian Amos to put fans' worries to rest early.

How many blitzes will fans see this week? Ted Roof hasn’t hid the fact that he likes to bring pressure. While Penn State will be looking to start on the right foot, showing all of the different defensive looks in the first game might be unnecessary. I expect to see a fair amount of blitzes, but I don’t think fans will have a real good idea of what to expect until maybe the third or fourth week of the season.

What are the chances Penn State loses? Ohio isn’t a bad team by any stretch, but it doesn’t seem very likely that they have a chance of pulling off the shocker. Penn State is favored by less than a touchdown in Vegas, but my money is on a 10 to 17 point victory.

When do the team buses pull up? A new tradition of dressing in the locker room at Beaver Stadium means the buses will be unloading much earlier than usual. In this case, 9:15 a.m. is the expected arrival for the team at Beaver Stadium.

What should we expect on offense? Bill O’Brien doesn’t like to show too much at open practice but one thing is clear, this offense is quite unlike anything Penn State has seen before. I wouldn’t go as far as to say O’Brien is taking plays out of the Oregon playbook, but it is a lot more diverse. Assuming it gets going, Penn State fans ought to enjoy watching their team play. How many wins are in the cards remains to be seen. *If you want to do a little homework, learn about inside-outside zone reads.*



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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