College football upset special: Can Ohio University upset Penn State?

Former Norman North quarterback Tyler Tettleton and the Bobcats face Penn State in the first game of a new era in State College, Pa.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm •  Published: August 31, 2012
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photo - Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton (4) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Rutgers won 38-26. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) ORG XMIT: NJME114
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton (4) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Rutgers won 38-26. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) ORG XMIT: NJME114

The first new era in Penn State football in 46 years (or 62, depending on how you want to count it) starts Saturday in State College, Pa., which no longer sports Joe Paterno the coach, Joe Paterno the man or Joe Paterno the statue.

The Jerry Sandusky scandal has exacted its pound of flesh from a Nittany Lion program that faces oppressive sanctions the next four years.

Penn State veterans vow to play with effort and honor, and it's hard in one way not to pull for the Nittanys.

But sometimes will doesn't lead to way. Sometimes, weight wears on a team. The Nittanys have carried a heavy burden for many months.

Ohio is not a bad team. The Bobcats, coached by Nebraska-ex Frank Solich and quarterbacked by former Norman North standout Tyler Tettleton, are picked to win the Mid-American Conference. In some ways, this is Ohio's bowl game.

Let's go with the Bobcats in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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