From the Bleachers



I may have sold Penn State football coach James Franklin short. Until lately the Nittany Lions have underperformed and I heaped most of the blame on the Langhorne native and former quarterback at East Stroudsburg. But most of the Lion defense has returned from injury and quarterback Trace McSorely has been playing lights out. More importantly, the Lions are playing with guts when the games are on the line. If Franklin is to blame for substandard performance, he must be given credit for the turn around. And they have Saquon Barkley, which isn’t a bad thing.

Pitt finally won the big one. The Panthers have been on the edge of being a good team for forever but somehow manage to play every team tough without beating anyone of consequence. I don’t know if Clemson deserved the ranking they had, but Pitt’s win in South Carolina against the unbeaten Tigers on Saturday is just what the program needed both in terms of a breakthrough win for this season and recruiting for coming seasons. When Chris Blewitt’s forty-eight yard field goal secured the Panthers’ upset over the second ranked team in the country, we Pitt fans finally got to smile.



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