Steelers, Buckeyes, BG Falcons All Lose

Argh, argh, and argh!  Oh well.  The Steelers offensive line issues came back to bite them as the Giants stellar front 4 was able to get constant pressure on Big Ben.  Stout defense and a fair amount of fortune kept them in this game, even allowed for a 14-9 lead in the 2nd half after Nate Washington got behind everyone.  But the Giants completely owned the 4th quarter and probably win even if not for James Harrison’s bad snap trying to pinch hit as long snapper on a 4th quarter punt.  Still, the Steelers sit at 5-2 and are in good shape if their only losses continue to be NFC games.

As for Ohio State, they were able to move the ball against Penn St but could just never finish a drive, and then the game turned on a nice play by the Nittany Lion defender to poke the ball out of Pryor’s hands on the 3rd & short play.  Of course, the announcers criticized Pryor for being a freshman trying to do too much, but I thought he was acting normally and the PSU dude made a nice play.  At any rate, barring a major collapse, Penn St will win the Big Ten (even a 3-way tie at 7-1 should Sparty upset PSU does OSU no good as the Lions would have the tiebreaker on best overall record).  Should the Buckeyes win their remaining games and get to 10-2, I would recommend rooting for Penn St to win out and make the BCS title game.  In that scenario I think the odds solid the Buckeyes would get chosen to be Penn St’s substitute in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi.

As for Bowling Green . . . I don’t know what to say.  I am not familiar with the details of the game, but the loss drops them to 1-3 in MAC play and 3-5 overall.  The opening weekend win over Pitt at Heinz Field is a distant memory at this point.  Season would already be a complete disaster if not for a good 4th quarter in Akron.  The MAC East is so pathetic that BG is not done if they could manage to win their last 4 games, but its hard to conceptualize the notion of a winning streak at this point.  This team should be better than this, too.  At some point the continued status of Greg Brandon as head coach will have to be revisited.

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