Cory Giger

LB Smith a great story

Neil wouldn’t let me pick Marcus Allen, questioning whether the safety who blocked the field goal against Ohio State can be considered unsung, and yet he was able to choose a three-year starter in Brian Gaia. I’m beginning to think Neil is rigging this point/counterpoint! In all ...

Giger: Stunning sequence of events a dream scenario for PSU

Cue Rod Serling. "It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area ...

Rankings useless this season

Commentary The most incredible thing I saw all weekend was someone who pointed this out on Twitter: Penn State (7-2) has more wins than Notre Dame (3-6) and Michigan State (2-7) have combined. The Fighting Irish started at No. 10, while the Spartans were No. 12 in the preseason AP poll. ...

Indiana PSU’s biggest challenge

Penn State is better than each team left on its schedule, which is why everyone is talking about a possible 10-2 season and perhaps even a Rose Bowl appearance. When trying to figure out the toughest game left, we have to consider all factors. The Iowa game on Saturday is a night contest at ...

Moorhead proving to be great hire for PSU

Commentary How many of you Penn State fans feel that what you’re watching with the offense these days is like some sort of dream? Something you’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Aggressive. Taking a bunch of shots down the field. Quick-strike ability. Scoring 62 points, for ...

Special teams made it a win, rather than close loss

Commentary There’s no doubt Penn State’s defense played an excellent game against Ohio State. The team, in fact, had a terrific night of complementary football, getting timely contributions from all three phases. But read this week’s question to the right carefully. It says, ...

Huge upset major turning point for PSU, Franklin

It wasn’t just one game. It was a game changer for the Penn State football program. Years from now, we all could be looking back on Saturday night as the turning point to Penn State’s return as a major player on the national stage. The Nittany Lions’ 24-21 win over No. 2 Ohio State ...

4-2 Lions get mostly good grades

Before getting into the midseason report card, I want to note that Sunday's opening point spread for this week's home game against No. 2 Ohio State has Penn State as a 20-point underdog.That's believed to be the largest underdog line ever at Beaver Stadium for the Nittany Lions, who are 4-2 and ...

Lions’ schedule sets up nicely

Rutgers just played one of the worst games in major college football history, a 78-0 trouncing at home to Michigan, and has been downright embarrassing this season.Iowa is proving once again that coach Kirk Ferentz only knows how to be good twice a decade, and it has a bad offense.Michigan ...

Experience for youth will pay off in future

Nineteen of the 22 players who will start for Penn State this week will be back next season -- nine of whom are either freshmen or sophomores -- plus both kickers also will return.That should be exciting to Nittany Lion fans, regardless of what happens the rest of this season.The feeling here ...

McSorley saves the day for Nittany Lions

A good win that would have been a bad loss produced a lot of positives and some negatives for Penn State, which gets to ride the emotional high of victory for a week but still has the look of a team that's teetering on a middling season.For starters, let's pinpoint exactly why the Nittany Lions ...

Giger: Running game not balancing offense

The obvious answer to this question is the defense, but all the injuries make it impossible to fully fault that group.The running game is the most disappointing aspect from this view because Penn State has a superstar-caliber tailback in Saquon Barkley, yet the entire operation has failed to ...

Calm down on firing Franklin talk

Fire James Franklin. Fire Mike Tomlin. Fire Clint Hurdle. Fire every coach who suffers an embarrassing loss or fails to win a championship.No.No.Calm down. Relax. Be patient.Sports are hard. Some situations in sports are incredibly difficult, far more so than fans of that team understand or are ...

Rout shows how far PSU is from elite teams

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Penn State had no chance to beat Michigan on Saturday because of so many injuries on defense. That's not an excuse. It's a legitimate football explanation.It's not the entire explanation, however, for why the final score was a disastrous 49-10.The explanation for that should ...

The right NFL opportunity will lure Harbaugh back

Trying to figure out what's going on inside the head of the wackiest, weirdest and maybe creepiest coach in college football is probably a futile exercise.This is Jim Harbaugh we're talking about. A magnificent coach, yet a socially awkward guy with an amazingly peculiar personality. Oh, and a ...

Should McSorley have played over Hack?

Trace McSorley completed 75 percent of his passes Saturday against Temple (18-of-24), 68 percent last week against Pitt (24-of-35) and is at 64.4 percent for the season through three games.This might sound silly to some people, but hear me out: If coach James Franklin would have benched ...

Offense, not defense, wins championships now

In the past 12 college football championship games - either the BCS or College Football Playoff - the winning team scored at least 30 points in nine of those contests.Last year, Clemson scored 40 points in the title game - and lost, to Alabama, 45-40.Ohio State scored 42 points in the ...

Plenty of good and bad news for Penn State

The psyche of the sports fan is a fascinating thing as one walks the tightrope of emotions during a game.For Penn State fans, there had to be a lot of maddening moments early in Saturday's game at Pitt when you were absolutely disgusted at what you were watching and wondering how much heat ...

Narduzzi needs to cash in on his big chance

If Pat Narduzzi and Pitt can't beat Penn State this season, they might not be able to do so during this four-year renewal of the storied rivalry.The Panthers have all the advantages here. The game is at home, PSU is coming off the sanctions, plus the Nittany Lions have a new quarterback, ...