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In addition to the adage about the most improvement coming between the first and second games, there is a second adage that proves true far too often: Letdowns can be a killer.
After a scandalous and angst-ridden offseason, Penn State returned to the football field. ESPN.com was granted week-long access as Bill O'Brien and his team prepared for and played against Ohio.
Two days later, Auburn defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker still hadn’t made peace with the numbers.
South Alabama's next opponent has yet to play this season, leading to some questions regarding what to expect from the Colonels.
''Their defensive line is great - their whole defense is great - and it is going to set a bar that we can compare everyone else we play against,'' he said. ''If we figure out what we needed to do against them, it is going to help us a lot against anyone else we come up against.''
Devin Gardner, now a wide receiver after two years as quarterback Denard Robinson's backup, felt the same way.
''I haven't looked at every defense we play, but they have got to be the best,'' he said. ''I learned more in that game than I've learned in all the practices I've had since starting to play wide receiver. That's the important thing. We don't just want to forget this happened - we need to learn from this and apply the lessons to Air Force.