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Don't be upset

September 3, 2012 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
OHIO UNIVERSITY'S season-opening win against Penn State in most gridiron circles is being called an upset. I don't buy that. The Bobcats were the better team going in. They just had to overcome two Nittany Lions' advantages. First, Penn State was at home, playing in front of more than 100,000 partisans at Beaver Stadium. Secondly, the Nittany Lions were pumped up with tons of emotion, looking to put a positive face on months of turmoil precipitated by the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal. Ohio U. cleared both hurdles in sparkling Green & White fashion. The better team definitely prevailed. Frank Solich's Bobcats have proven themselves a quality program over the course of the last few seasons. They are far from one-game-wonders. A season ago, Ohio U. recorded a 10-4 mark, which included the program's first-ever bowl victory. That success proved a springboard to be chosen as the Mid-American Conference East Division favorite for 2012. The Athens-based school also possesses a big-time quarterback in Tyler Tettleton. He delivered big in crunch time against Penn State. I am a big fan of Penn State's new coach Bill O'Brien. He is a character guy. O'Brien, however, is paddling upstream, dealing with player defections and a lack of depth. As a result, Happy Valley will being saddled with much frustration this season and for seasons to come. Ohio University, meanwhile, is ready to embark on another 10-win campaign before going bowling again.


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