Illinois' 33-13 victory over Penn State is being described as the Nittany Lions' biggest humiliation in Beaver Stadium in the 18 seasons since the team joined the Big Ten.
David Jones of the Patriot-News says the worst is yet to come.
"How has it gotten to this juncture so quickly? It wasn't that quick. Penn State has finally reached the point — about six years after I thought it had already permanently arrived — where it can no longer compensate for the age of its coach. Its diligent assistants can no longer recruit necessary talent around the denigrating whispers of their competitors on the recruiting trail. And they apparently cannot subvert his reactionary strategic tendencies on the field.
"It's sad to say it. But it all points in that direction."
Jones was just getting warmed up.
"And we have six more weeks to go. In this case, just to endure. On deck after the bye: six different offenses — yes, even Minnesota — capable of strafing this crippled resistance.
"Oh yeah, we have four verbal commitments in October for a recruiting class that's desperately needed to turn things around. And a staff that just looks discouraged and tired and sapped of energy. That's sort of the way the players look, too.
"If you think it's ugly watching this as a fan, just be glad for one thing: You're not one of the players or coaches living it. Their figurative Huns have them surrounded. And escape appears unlikely."