Cory Giger and Neil Rudel analyze Joe Paterno's press conference. Join them for this new weekly video feature on altoonamirror.com.
UNIVERSITY PARK - A capsule look at Joe Paterno's weekly press conference.
Opponent: Oregon State (0-1)
Last time vs. Penn State: First meeting
Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., at Beaver Stadium
Television: ABC or ESPN2
Line: Penn State is favored by 16 points
Week of improvement: Paterno said a good team improves more from week one to week two than at any point during the season. Why? He said it's good to ''get that first one under your belt, particularly when you have a lot of young players. They're a little bit nervous going in there, not quite sure of themselves, they haven't quite bonded together. They don't know what it is to be in a huddle in a game.''
Reality check: The Nittany Lions crushed Coastal Carolina, 66-10, but they're not putting too much stock into that game. ''We've got to be realistic that that was a tough assignment for the Coastal Carolina kids to come up here with that kind of crowd and the whole bit,'' Paterno said. The coach later added, ''That's a long shot from playing against a team as good as Oregon State.''
Beavers 'blew it': Oregon State could be 1-0 but lost to Stanford, 36-28, in the final minute. Beavers receiver Darrell Catchings made the mistake of extending the ball toward the end zone, fumbled and it went out of bounds for a touchback. ''Oregon State blew it, I mean any way you twist it,'' Paterno said. ''The kid doesn't fumble that to the end zone, they might be in an overtime game. They gave Stanford a lot of opportunities and really beat themselves. Oregon State beat themselves.''
Succession plan: A reporter from Oregon came to State College early and asked Paterno about a potential coaching succession plan. JoePa wanted nothing to do with it, likely setting the tone for how he'll answer the question all season. ''Sorry, you're not going to get much response,'' Paterno told the lady. ''I've answered that question 68 times already. I'm sorry to be rude. But, no, we haven't even talked about that. I'm trying to concentrate on Oregon State.''
Preparing for bad weather: Rain is in the forecast for Saturday. How do the Lions prepare for that? ''It's pretty tough to prepare for the kind of weather that we may get, except for the fact that you've got to get the people that handle the ball, they have to have a wet ball,'' Paterno said. ''Ordinarily we do that every Thursday night anyway. We get some buckets out there and put the footballs in a bucket of water. If we have a prediction of weather, the snappers and punters and all that stuff get used to handling a wet ball.''
- Compiled by Cory Giger