From my view in Boalsburg at the beginning of this football season, Nebraska was the only team on the schedule that seemed like a sure loss for PSU. Now, as we approach game week, I DON'T KNOW!
The Predictor Computers cipher the Huskers out as a 5.7 point favorite, rating an 85.1 at home vs a 79.4 PSU. Jeff Sagarin's computers rate Nebraska at 21 vs PSU at 30. Las Vegas Lines are expected to open with Nebraska favored by four-to-seven points. TV "expert analysts" probably will be falling all over themselves to pick the Huskers at home after Nebraska managed a last-minute comeback victory over a decent Sparty team. But I believe they are missing the point, and are wrong-thinking fools!
I can cite several intuitively-improbable circumstances pointing to a Nittany Lion Victory.
First, take a look at Bama vs LSU. The TIDE converted 1 of 9 third downs, gave LSU almost 10 minutes of possession time advantage, got manhandled for most of the game, yet still managed to leave Death Valley with a win. WHY? I DON'T KNOW!
Next, check out 2008, when PSU clobbered Oregon State early on, Oregon State then massacred USC a few weeks later, and USC then routed PSU in the Rose Bowl. How did this logically-improbable sequence of events occur? I DON'T KNOW!
Next, take a close look at Bill O'Brien's death-wish, obsessive-compulsive, put-your-team-in-peril, decision-making malfunction almost every time his team has a fourth down outside his own 30 yard line. How does he keep winning while making a predictable, repetitive, losing-proposition blunder on a scale not seen by any coach in major college for the last century? I DON'T KNOW!
Based upon the above circumstances, it follows that there is absolutely no way that the higher-rated, higher-ranked team, totally motivated by playing for their division title, fresh off an electrifying last-second victory on the road, playing at home, against an underdog squad with three losses, can possibly get a win.
I almost feel sorry for those great fans in Lincoln. WHY? I DON'T KNOW!
Where's my pipe?