STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- It's pretty clear Alabama has a better team than Penn State, but the Crimson Tide also are developing an identity on offense.
Nick Saban's decision to start AJ McCarron has worked brilliantly, as the sophomore quarterback has engineered four sustained scoring drives. Alabama leads 20-3 late in the third quarter, giving Penn State a seemingly insurmountable deficit.
Penn State, meanwhile, is paying for not deciding on a starting quarterback. Rotating Rob Bolden and Matthew McGloin in a game like this is asking for disaster. Joe Paterno and his staff had all of spring ball and all of fall practice to make a decision, but they couldn't.
I don't understand why.
Penn State's offensive players probably don't, either.
Bolden seems like the clear choice and never should have come out of this game. He at least has the ability to attack a defense like Alabama's. Matthew McGloin hasn't exhibited the same skills. But after an interception, Bolden could be coming out.
Barring a dramatic change, Alabama is well on its way to a comfortable win in Happy Valley.