Cory Giger

Is 9-3 a good season?

Penn State has made it through the gauntlet part of the schedule, and with only Rutgers and Maryland remaining, a 9-3 regular season seems to be a safe bet. Which begs the question: Is a 9-3 season at Penn State considered a success? Yes. Absolutely. Without question. Silly to think ...

Love affair with backup QBs silly part of sports and life

A big pet peeve of mine is how we, as a sports society, fall in love with the backup quarterback, before he’s ever accomplished anything. Or the next recruit. Or next draft pick. Or minor league prospect. It’s the whole “grass is greener” thing. It may be natural, but it is not ...

Giger: PSU has some big problems that will be hard to solve

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan, 42-7. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, including at home to Ohio State and Michigan State. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley ...

Giger: Saint Francis athletics enjoying wide success

LORETTO — Rob Krimmel arrived at Saint Francis as a basketball player in 1996 and has never left, so as a Red Flash lifer, he’s seen his share of struggles within the athletic department. Men’s basketball, in particular, went through some very lean years, and when the signature program ...

Begrudgingly picking Michigan in spite of overrated Harbaugh

Ugh. I hate taking the side of Jim Harbaugh, the most overrated coach in college football, on just about anything. But I will here, based on some simple facts and personal assumptions. Michigan, No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, has a strong mathematical chance to make ...

Franklin brought criticism on himself after ‘elite’ comments

We almost — almost! — got to hear James Franklin let loose with some real frustration and perhaps even anger during his postgame press conference following Saturday’s win over Iowa. It would have been interesting to see and hear, if for no other reason than we seldom have gotten to see ...

Give me potent offenses over 3 yards and a cloud of dust

Old-school Big Ten football, with all due respect to Neil and anyone else, was boring. Give me spread offenses. Give me clever game plans. Give me high-concept passing attacks. Give me points, lots of them. Don’t give me 14-10 or 13-6 games, or God forbid the 6-4 game that made your eyes ...

Play calling at PSU not a good thing

For the third straight game Saturday, Penn State’s offensive playcalling late in the contest left many people wondering, “What in the world are you doing???” It’s a big problem, and quite frankly, it’s getting to the point where you truly have to wonder if James Franklin and his ...

Two losses not terrible, but blowing leads is

It’s easy to lose perspective in sports. But it’s also important to always keep things in context. I do believe this season already is a disappointment for Penn State. Even if the Lions finish 10-2, it will be a disappointment, and in fact, that might even make things even worse. If ...

Has Penn State football program already peaked under Franklin?

It’s time to face some hard truths about the Penn State football program following a second straight gut-wrenching loss in which the team gave away the game in the final minutes. First and foremost, I can’t help but wonder if what we’ve already seen is really as good as it’s going to ...

Team strength, QB among reasons PSU can win out

There are four reasons why I believe Penn State will run the table the rest of the regular season and finish 11-1. 1. The Nittany Lions are better than every opponent left on their schedule, and at the end of the day, I’ll take the better team to win any individual game. The only real ...

Franklin’s passion great, but somewhat misguided

The ending of Penn State’s crushing loss to No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night was embarrassingly bad, but that was only the beginning of the drama for coach James Franklin. The No. 9 Nittany Lions’ last-gasp hope in the 27-26 loss ended with a ridiculous fourth-down playcall that no ...

D-line faces daunting task

Untouched, unpressured and with all day to throw, J.T. Barrett humiliated Penn State’s defense late in the game last season by completing 16 passes in a row and leading Ohio State to a 39-38 come-from-behind victory. If the Nittany Lions fail to get any sort of pressure on Dwayne Haskins on ...

Lions, Buckeyes set for potential shootout

Remember that great Penn State victory at Ohio State in 2008? The Mark Rubin game, when he stripped the ball from Terrelle Pryor late and the Nittany Lions earned a phenomenal win that led to a Big Ten title. The final score was 13-6. LOL. Penn State comes into this year’s showdown at ...

With OSU next, real Lions must stand up

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Bring on Ohio State. Game of the year. Do you think Penn State is ready? The answer is a resounding no — if it’s the Nittany Lion team that looked uninspired and got run over defensively by woeful Illinois for the first two quarters and five minutes of the third ...

Friday games are good exposure for lesser teams

One of my favorite stories about working in the office at the Mirror is from Oct. 22, 2005, when Penn State visited Illinois. Michael Robinson and the Nittany Lions were destroying the Illini, up 56-3 at the half. My colleague, Scott Franco, somehow is a lifelong Illinois fan, and at one ...

Glasnow vs. Sampson a fun matchup

It might have been a boring September MLB pitching matchup to most people, but if you know and love Curve history, it was a fun, blast-from-the-past showdown. Monday night, Tyler Glasnow started for the Tampa Bay Rays in Texas against Adrian Sampson of the Rangers. Based on what those guys ...

West’s embarrassing day should spark Big Ten realignment talk

Saturday was humiliating for the Big Ten West and really the best example yet of why the conference’s division alignment is laughable. Everyone knows the division setup is incredibly lopsided. Everyone knows the Big Ten has received criticism for the imbalance. And everyone knows the league ...

Rivalry with Syracuse one-sided but memorable

A rivalry suggests both teams have a pretty good chance of winning, but if you look at the history of Penn State football, that has never been the case with most of its old Eastern cohorts. The Nittany Lions pretty much destroyed them all. They’re 38-2-1 all-time against Maryland and 20-4 ...

Pitt was so bad that it masked PSU’s trouble spots

Through two weeks, I still have no idea if Penn State is a really good football team. And the next two weeks won’t tell us much, either. We’re all just going to have to wait until Ohio State visits on Sept. 29 to find out. The Nittany Lions barely won their opener in OT, 45-38, against ...