First up, Kevin's questions...
How does Penn State stop the Minnesota offense (a/k/a Eric Decker)?
Pressure on the quarterback will be key. If they can't get the ball to Decker, then he can't catch it (hopefully) - of course the kid has a passing TD under his belt and a qb rating of 244 - so maybe he can. minne has scored at least 20 points in all of their games this season - and PSU has been burned by passing games much less proficient - the front line is going to have to be dominant and the linebackers are going to have to step up their coverage in the middle.
The gophers have a good kicker - he hasn't really be tested with a lot of long kicks - but he's been very accurate in the mid-range (feel free to continue your distaste for golden gopher kickers). If they get into the redzone - they'll probably come away with (at least) 3 pts.
Is Minnesota's defense as awful as their statistical rankings make it look?
minne's losses have been (relatively) close matches - and their d has created/made scores. But they gave up 21 pts (as the result of 3 long drives) to wiscy in the 2nd half of that loss - and Cal ran all over them in their other loss.
We'll have to see how Penn State comes out against this team - they've looked "better" since the 2nd half of the (non-directional) illinois game - hopefully it continues.
Mid-point of the season, which of the PSU freshmen do you project as future stars?
Sean Stanley, DT, has shown great promise; Devon Smith is a cute little sprite - and very quick; and of course, I have high hopes for our Mr. Newsome.
Next, William's quick fire challenge:
Where were you when Minnesota got lucky because Penn State did not put them away at Homecoming '99?
In the stands, cursing Joe for punting on the 35. But I was in a car, listening to the game on the radio and driving downtown to go the Phyrst the year that Penn State stole the game away from the gophers - that was a great day.
Will Minnesota open with an on-side kick?
You know, that play just infuriates me - I hope they do and I hope that Penn State covers and returns the ball into the endzone. That's what I hope.
What is your best homecoming memory (that you can say in this forum at least :p)?
I have a lot of great memories from homecoming. My best memory while in school was walking in the Parade - the theme of our group's float was "Dr. Seuss" and my character was the little girl (Sally) from The Cat in the Hat - I was so excited to actually be in the parade. My best memory out of school was last year's award winning tailgate. Honorable mentions: The "four time NCAA champion" adventure; Egyptian theme float with Asp madhatter; and, beating tosu 63-14.