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A 7-6 reality check

Lost in the speculation about Coach Joe Paterno's future and everything else was the bottom line.

This team ends 7-6 and its freshman quarterback, the one who made history by starting for Paterno in his first year, is bolting. The bowl game featured mistake after mistake and a quaterback who threw five interceptions and wasn't replaced because the game plan didn't call for a change.

That's the state of Penn State football at the start of 2011.

Many fans will be asked to pay more for their seats next year, and the schedule is much more challenging than this year.

Paterno says they're a few players away. We'll see, but one won't be Rob Boldin.

Just wanted to offer a reality check before we close the book on the season.