Vegas opened the book with a nationally-ranked 5-0 Wolverines squad being a one-point favorite visiting a poorly-performing Nittany Lion squad this Homecoming weekend. "Not so fast, my friend" said the betting world, who promptly put enough money on the Michigan squad to move the spread to 3 points! This small spread is a wonderment to me.
It seems that PSU lacks NFL-type talent (Hack & Robinson excluded) on both sides of the ball. In college football, those playmakers who move up to the next level are usually the ones who make a difference. In this regard, Michigan is loaded, compared to PSU. So a 7 to 10 point spread seems more appropriate. What in the Wild, Wild World of Sports is going on here?
Wolverine Nation must have as many doubts about their squad as I do about the PSU group. Their lack of certainty is focused mostly on their QB being put into situations that cause turnovers. Can PSU put pressure on him? Who knows? PSU's uncertainty is due to a lack of talent, lack of depth, and , I fear, another uncertainty factor that now enters into my equation.....
....BUNGALOW BOB.....looked like a Desperate Man Who Doubts His Team's Ability. I do not blame him for refusing to discuss the Indiana game at his press conference. (Does anyone else see his 4th-down conversion attempt from his own 30 with 12 minutes left in a 10-point game, turning the contest into an embarrassing rout, as anything but an act of desperation?)
A coach should, above all, ensure that his players are the ones who decide the outcome of the game. O'Brien's losing gamble killed the morale of the squad. One chance in four that the Hoosiers have 1st down ends the contest. Two plays later Indiana is up by 24 and making history. Let's not discuss it?
So, fellow bettors, it appears that the Maize and Blue aren't as good as their record, causing uncertainty in the outcome, but the case may be that PSU is playing as well as their record indicates, causing doubt as to their ability to pull out a win.
Regarding the 3 point spread, "Give the Points" with your cash and hope to lose it when this Penn State team starts to puts some pressure on Gardner this weekend. Finally, pray that futile, illogical coaching decisions are limited to the other sideline.
For the Future That We (Uncertainly) Wait,
Joe from Boalsburg.