Four points! Maybe Joe Pa should go

Oct 26, 2004 7:09 AM

When was the last time you saw a college football team score four total points in a game? The answer is last Saturday when Penn State lost 6-4 to Iowa.

Penn State got two safeties and that was all. The defense played a great game but the offense was its normal anemic self. In fact, Penn State has scored more then 20 only twice all year and that was against Toledo and Central Florida.

Two things have happened to this program. First, State entered the Big Ten Conference and that has taken its toll. Second, Joe Paterno needs to step down as the game has passed him by. You know I love Joe Pa and he has done great things for the university but there is a time to go and it will be at season’s end.

This program needs young blood at the helm. This would be a great job for Urban Meyer, the head coach at Utah who is leading his team to a BCS bowl game. Joe, you have had a long, hall of fame career but now it is time to say goodbye.

Now on to next week’s picks:

Friday, Oct. 29

Hawaii (+21) at Boise St.: Well, I haven’t been right on Boise for three years. When I go with them, they don’t cover and when I go against them, they cover. I’m not giving up. All I know is that Hawaii has been to the mainland twice this year losing to Rice 41-29 as a two point favorite and UTEP 51-20 as a three point dog. Now the Bows must play on the blue carpet and I don’t like their chances. BOISE, OVER 75.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Minn (-17) at Indiana: The Hoosiers could muster only seven points against the Buckeyes and I don’t see them getting many more. The Gophers crushed Illinois last week, 45-0, and walloped Indiana last year, 55-7. Look for much of the same this time around. MINN.

Fla. St. (-10½) at Maryland: The Seminoles narrowly escaped at Wake Forest last week but I don’t see them getting surprised here. Florida State is 12-0 SU and 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings with the Terps. The Maryland offense has gone south the last three games, scoring just 17 points. FLORIDA ST.

Ariz. St. (+14½) at Cal.: At first glance this looked like too many points, but then as I looked deeper it just may not be. If UCLA can get 42, so can Cal. The big difference is that the Golden Bears defense won’t give up 28 points to the Sun Devils. CAL.

Oregon St. (-5½) at Arizona: The Wildcats have no offense and are 0-5 SU and ATS in the last five meetings. The Beavers are on a mini roll, winning and covering in the last two games. OREGON ST.

USC (-22) at Wash St.: The host Cougars are 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their last four games. The only win came against Arizona. USC is taking no prisoners and will not let up here. USC.

Texas A&M (-22) at Baylor: The Aggies escaped in OT last week but will make no mistakes here with Oklahoma on the horizon next week. TEXAS A&M.

Last week: 6-1

Season: 31-29

Now for the NFL
Sunday, Oct. 31

Packers (-1½) at Redskins: The sleeping tiger is awake and the Packers will continue to roll here. PACKERS.

Panthers (+8) at Seahawks: Carolina just can’t put any points on the board. All six of its games have gone "under." Seahawks, off three straight losses, will get back on track here. SEAHAWKS.

Last week: 0-1

Season: 6-9