Penn State and Indiana enter this weekend's Big Ten Leaders Division match-up in State College looking to get back in the win column after tough losses last week. Penn State's controversial loss at Nebraska still has many fans upset about officiating. Indiana dropped back to reality last week with a blowout home loss to Wisconsin.
Given the ugly performance last season in Bloomington many are expecting Penn State's offense to be able to put together a better performance this weekend but the Hoosiers have a history of keeping things closer than expected against Penn State every now and then. Could this game be a trap game that catches Penn State off guard coming off a tough loss and a week before hosting Wisconsin? Probably not with this team, but the Blue White Roundtable is here to take a look at the current state of the team.
Be sure to visit Black Shoe Diaries later for a full round-up from the Penn State blogosphere.
1. We have to start with officiating. One offensive holding called in Penn State's favor since the Northwestern game. The sideline encroachment penalty after the punt. The Matt Lehman touchdown that wasn't. What's going on here?
Obviously the world is out to get Penn State. What else could possibly be the case? I mean, besides the fact that officiating across the country is highly questionable these days with multiple camera angles and constantly running video that captures ever facet of the sport.
I have never been one to suggest there is a conspiracy theory, but I can see why so many Penn State fans would be upset lately. There have been some grossly blown calls and non-calls in the last month's worth of games, but of course there have been some plays that have gone in Penn State's favor if you want to be fair about it. It is just that the calls and non-calls against Penn State have had more of an impact on the end-results.
I don't think there is any excuse for the Matt Lehman touchdown-fumble. That was just blatantly missed for whatever reason. The sideline encroachment penalty was also a strange call to make considering the play had already been completed. Is there a conspiracy? I will leave that for others to determine. Hire Louis Freeh! Or not...no comments