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Penn State Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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 Penn State T-Shirts & Hoodies for HIM
Penn State T-Shirts, Sweatshirts & Jackets never go out of style.
Show your Penn State Pride with Penn State Apparel & Gifts!

Penn State Performance T-Shirt Navy Arching Over Lion Nittany Lions (PSU)
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Penn State Football Unrivaled T Shirt White Nittany Lions (PSU)
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Penn State Performance Long Sleeve Shirt Charcoal With Navy Sleeves Nittany Lions (PSU)
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Penn State Apparel for HER
Women’s Fitted Penn State Hoodies, Zip-up Sweatshirts
and Crew Neck Sweatshirts make great gifts.
Add a pair of Penn State Sweatpants under the Christmas tree too!

Penn State Womens Hoodie Garment Dye Blue Lion Head Nittany Lions (PSU)
Penn State Nittany Lion Womens Crew Sweatshirt White Nittany Lions (PSU)
Penn State Juniors Performance Zip Up Sweatshirt Pink Lion Head
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Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

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Penn State Car Magnets
and License Plates

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WE ARE Penn State

Garden Gnome

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Plush Penn State Blanket

 

Penn State Spirit Jerseys
are the perfect Gift for Penn State Students and Fans!
We have the LARGEST selection of Penn State Spirit Jerseys
with many colors and sizes available!

Penn State Nittany Lions Spirit Shirt Aztec Nittany Lions (PSU)
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Race for First Four NCAA Playoff Slots Intensifies as Finish Nears

Some college football experts worried out loud before the season that the 2014 Playoff would ultimately render the regular-season useless. Proponents of the newly-introduced mini-tournament made the case that it would officially end the bickering by creating a system that ultimately decides the champion on the field. As it turns out, both schools of thought are incorrect. It is clear that the playoff is a progression forward in the overall scheme of college football, but it simply makes the fifth-ranked team the new third-ranked team. Here is a compelling case for a half-dozen, very deserving squads.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

MSU entered the 2014 season with high ambitions, but even the most passionate fan could not have imagined the situation they have created nine games into their 12-game season. They’ve made easy work of their schedule to this point, dispatching of major players such as LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M. If they are able to get past an always difficult Alabama squad in Tuscaloosa next Saturday, they will pull to 10–0. If there are able to beat Ole Miss on hostile turf in the last weekend in November, they will be a clear-cut #1 heading into the playoff.

Florida State Seminole

Jameis Winston’s off field exploits have been well-documented and are the subject of substantial investigations, but his on-field play has propelled the defending National Champions to a 9–0 record with two cupcake home games left on the schedule. Simply put, the Seminoles are a lock for the first NCAA Football Playoff ever.

Alabama Crimson Tide

With Auburn losing to Texas A&M, the seas have parted for Nick Saban’s bunch to once again have a chance to make an impact on the National Championship scene. Their 20–13 overtime victory over LSU in Baton Rouge was impressive, but they still have to roll through Mississippi State and Auburn at home to preserve their one-loss record.

Oregon Ducks

By scoring 24 points in the second quarter and 24 points in the fourth quarter against on the road against an always dangerous Utah team, the Ducks pulled to 9–1 with a convincing 24-point victory, and are now on the fast-track to the four-game tournament. But pollsters historically slight West Coast schools, so we’ll see.

Texas Christian Horned Frogs

TCU is nother one-loss team that will be able to make one hell of a case for the 2014 NCAA Football Playoff if they are able to defeat the final three opponents on their schedule. Games at Kansas, at Texas and at home against Iowa State shouldn’t be much of a problem, which would create a huge problem for the panel assigned to determine the four entries.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes manhandled Michigan State in East Lansing this past Saturday, giving them an outside shot at entrance into the elite 4-team playoff if they win their remaining games and certain things go their way. A deserving and talented squad, they could very well end up playing the role of the first school to have a legitimate gripe for being left out of the new college football postseason.


Nittany Lions Ride Rollercoaster to Mediocrity Throughout 2014 Campaign

Penn-StateNobody was expecting PSU to make it into the first College Football Playoff Tournament ever, but many Penn State football fans were hoping that the team would at least make sizable strides behind second-year starter Christian Hackenberg, and perhaps prove themselves worthy of a major bowl game.

The sanctions and bowl ban that came in the wake of the fallout involving the horrific actions of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky were officially lifted by a rational and forgiving NCAA that decided punishing people who were not in any way involved in the wrongdoings had gone on long enough. The result was a Penn State Football squad that came into 2014 full of zest and hopefulness, and four consecutive wins out of the gate gave a passionate fan base in Happy Valley plenty of reasons to dream big.

Sadly, things fell apart once the conference portion of their schedule began. A home loss to Northwestern by a score of 29 – 6 left fans shocked and unsure about the future, and what happened over the course of the next five weeks brought the team back down to Earth with a thud. Losses at Michigan and at home to Ohio State and Maryland left the team with a 4–4 record early in November. This has left them hoping to scrap their way into bowl eligibility and make a showing in the postseason. Penn State eked out a 13–7 victory against the Hoosiers in Indiana this past Saturday, keeping their bowl hopes in place.

It will only take one win in the next three games, but at this point apprehensive fans are hesitant to count on that. A feisty Temple Owls squad will come into town hoping for another signature win in their already impressive 2014 campaign. If the Nittany Lions are unable to beat them next weekend and cannot prevail with a victory at Illinois on November 22, it will all come down to a final, season-capping affair against what is sure to be an angry Michigan State Spartans team on the final Saturday in November.

As far as individual performances go, there are players who deserve praise and others who deserve to be called out. Hackenberg has not progressed at a pace that everyone affiliated with the program hoped and expected. His seven passing touchdowns on the year are juxtaposed with 10 interceptions, and a 57% completion percentage is nothing to boast about.

Running back has been a noticeable weakness, which has equated to a squad that has had trouble moving the ball. Senior ballcarrier Bill Belton has done his best to gain just over 3 yards-per-carry on a total of 80 totes. The brightest star on this team has clearly been freshman wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who caught 11 balls on the opening weekend against UCF and 14 passes in a close loss to Ohio State a few days before Halloween. He has officially eclipsed Hackenberg as the hottest Pro prospect in Happy Valley, a region that is full of a mix of consternation about the present and hope for the future.