ESPN College Gameday’s Lee Corso shared his opinions on Saturday’s Penn State vs. Central Florida game in Ireland, and they were overwhelmingly negative for Penn State fans. The analyst said on Tuck & O’Neill Show in Orlando that he wouldn’t be surprised if UCF “waxed Penn State out there.”
The 27 year ESPN employee further opined that the Knights’ defense “is the best of any that Penn State is going to see all year.”
Corso suggested that flying across the globe to Ireland is a less than ideal start to the season for a young Penn State team. For Central Florida, who traveled to State College last year, the game seems unfair given that it’s being played at a neutral site, and not in Orlando, according to Corso.
“If I was a UCF fan, I’d be mad because they didn’t bring Penn State here to Orlando to play us. We’ve got a home-and-home basis, well, bring them to Orlando. Sell more season tickets, play them in our stadium and beat the crap out of them in Bright House [Networks] Stadium. Why take it halfway across the world?”
When the radio hosts implied that the Nittany Lions wouldn’t come down to UCF in the first place, he responded even more harshly. “Then make them back out,” Corso said. “Show them what kind of chickens they are to play a home-and-home. … And then make them pay. Really make them pay.”
“UCF should wax them good,” he continued. “No question. They’re better athletes and they can run and they can play the ballgame the way it’s supposed to be played.”
Corso, who has been an analyst on College Gameday since its inception in 1987, was the head coach at four schools before taking his talents to ESPN. He posted a 73–85–6 record as the leader of Louisville, Indiana, and Northern Illinois. Last year, he made the worst predictions of any host on Gameday.