With a 49-18 win over Michigan State, the Penn State Nittany Lions have again risen to the top of the Big Ten conference and will be headed to Pasadena for the January 1 match up against the Pac-10 conference champion.
One possible opponent for the Lions is Oregon State, which might not be a bad match up, even though they lost handily to Penn State earlier this season.
Joe Paterno is scheduled for off-season hip replacement surgery, and he currently has no contract to return to coach the Lions next year, although after 59 years at the university and headed into a top-tier BCS bowl appearance, Paterno could probably dictate the terms of his next deal.
It will be good to see Joe and his boys in the California sunshine again. Here's to his six decades of coaching excellence.