As of midnight, we are into double digit days left (99, to be exact) until Penn State kicks off the 2013 season in MetLife Stadium against Syracuse. It may not seem like much, but when the numbers are in the 100s, or gasp, 200s, it’s a small sign of the coming season. To help get you prepared, the fine folks here at VBR will be counting down PSU’s top games of 2013, starting with the home opener against Eastern Michigan.
How do I put this politely…Eastern Michigan is not a great team, and I loves me some good #MACtion. On a 2-10 (1-7 MAC) team, there were several weaknesses, but a defense that gave up nearly 38 points per game, ranking 115th in FBS would be at the top of the list. The offense was not much better at just 21 points per game (100th nationally). Former Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English enters his 5th season with just 10 wins (6 of which came in 2011) in his previous 4 seasons, versus 38 losses. Coach English is far from the only coach to struggle in Ypsilanti. In fact, it’s been over 35 years since the Huron/Eagles have traveled to a bowl game.
This will be only the 3rd overall meeting between Penn State and Eastern Michigan. The first came back in 1992 when PSU topped EMU 52-7 in Beaver Stadium. Back in 2011, the Lions topped the Eagles 34-6, in what was the best season at Eastern since a 6-5 campaign in 1995.
In short, while it will be great to be back in Beaver Stadium for the first time in nearly 10 months, don’t expect a great game. Let’s hope the weather is great, and the tailgates are in midseason form.
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