A capsule look at Joe Paterno's weekly press conference.
Opponent: Indiana (1-3)
Last time vs. Penn State: The Nittany Lions won, 41-24, last season at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., and are 14-0 all-time against the Hoosiers
Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Line: Penn State is favored by 16
Reading between the lines: Paterno frequently says, "I'm not quite sure what you're getting at with that question" because on some level he's trying to figure out why a reporter is asking about a certain player or if there's some agenda. Tuesday the coach said something unusual about the QB competition that caused reporters to try and figure out what he meant. "I think it's an advantage if you don't start at quarterback, as long as you know you're going to play, because of the fact you're getting an opportunity from the sideline to see what the defense is doing, get a little feel for the pace of the game and so forth," Paterno said. "So when you go in, you don't have to make quite that adjustment that you do when you start a game because you're never sure what you're going to get."
What did he mean?: Well, that's up to individual interpretation. It could be his way of explaining why Matt McGloin has played better than Rob Bolden without coming flat out and saying it, thereby protecting Bolden's feelings somehow. Or it could be his way of letting McGloin know it doesn't matter that he's not starting because he still has a chance to succeed. Or maybe Paterno meant nothing at all by it. Still, it was a peculiar thing to say for a coach who for more than four decades has championed playing just one QB.
Who gets the nod this week?: "As we talk right now, I couldn't tell you who we're going to start," JoePa said. He doesn't see it as an issue, either. "Our problem is not the quarterback. We've got two good, solid quarterbacks," he said. "Are they the kind of kids that go around there and scramble and all that kind of thing? No. We're not built for that. Can we get the job done? Yeah."
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Year over year: Paterno repeatedly has said he thinks the team is better than it was last year and reiterated that Tuesday. "This team has been a little bit easier to coach," he said. "They've been a little bit more committed. They [are] a little bit more ... mature. And I think overall they have a chance to be a good football team. Are we good enough right now to say, 'Hey, let's just go out and maintain a certain level?' No. We've got a long ways to go to be a really good team yet. But I think we can make it."
700th game: Saturday will be Paterno's 700th game at Penn State as a head coach or assistant. He didn't know anything about that but had a joke for the media. "I've had 700 press conferences. I've done my penance," he said.
-- Compiled by Cory Giger