We know, we know. Penn State fans want Alabama.
The Nittany Lions crowd made that abundantly clear during their joyful exuberance during a home win against Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan team on Saturday night.
"We want Bama!" pic.twitter.com/nuWyJiZX7p
— Onward State (@OnwardState) October 22, 2017
And while it would be easy for an Alabama player or fan to explain to them why they don’t really want what they think they want, sometimes the most effective words of caution can come from outside the program.
On Sunday morning, Georgia player Mecole Hardman delivered a message to Penn State fans that they would be wise to soak in and follow.
You see, while these poor souls were calling for Alabama they seemingly forgot that Penn State will have to play Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team on Saturday. While the Nittany Lions did pull off an upset against the Buckeyes at home last season, they’ll have to travel to Columbus to take on an Ohio State team that has won four of the last five meetings.
As for the last time Penn State tried to take on Alabama, Crimson Tide fans likely remember that Nick Saban is 2-0 in those meetings after a 27-11 road win in 2011 and a 24-3 victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2010.
And does James Franklin want Alabama? Probably not. The last time the Penn State coach played Nick Saban was in 2011 when he brought his Vanderbilt squad to Tuscaloosa for a 34-0 beatdown.
All of this talk is fun, and Penn State is a definite No. 2 team in the polls, but there is a lot that has to happen for both teams before any sort of on-field meeting could take places in the College Football Playoff or otherwise.
For now, we’ll let Hardman’s advice stand as the proper way to proceed.