It’s Thursday night and the Golden Knights are beating the Scarlet Knights 38-14 early in the fourth quarter.
This weekend, Penn State hosts Nebraska . . . .
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This appears to be a game that could go either way for either team. Penn State opened a two-point favorite and is sitting around 1.5 points as I type this. Nebraska’s offense is ranked 45th in the country and fields a defense ranked 42nd. How’s that for balance? On our side of the ball, the Lions are ranked 50th offensively, and a surprising 46th nationally in defense.
The intangibles, though, lean toward Penn State . . . home game, senior day. I think if PSU can get the running game going and minimize the mistakes (is it even possible to play a game without a fumble anymore?) they can and will win this game. But if the defense is on the field a lot, and we make mistakes that give the Huskers field position or cost us points, senior day may not be so happy in Happy Valley.
My prediction: Penn State wins by a touchdown. Unless the refs review it.
IN THE B1G TEN:
Ohio State is a 34.5 point favorite over Indiana. Can the Hoosiers make some magic? I really doubt it, but we can dream can’t we?
Illinois faces off as a favorite over Purdue, neither of which has won a conference game yet. That will change this weekend. Personally, I’d like to see Purdue get the W, but my Gawd they look awful. I don’t think they could beat an egg, in a bowl, with a mixer. Of course, there’s no chance of that happening–they won’t be in any bowl this year.
The Spartans travel to Evanston to face a Northwestern team that also has not won a conference match-up yet. MSU is favored by 7. Barring a breakdown on the green and white side of the ball, I don’t think that will change this week. GO SPARTY!
Wisconsin is a 16.5 point favorite over Minnesota. Really don’t care who wins this one. We’ve already mucked up the Minnesota game, and have a theoretical chance of beating the Badgers, so GO GOPHERS! (I have a theoretical chance of winning the lottery, so keep that in perspective.)
Iowa is a 6 point favorite over THEM. I’m okay with that. GO HAWKEYES!
Future members: Rutgers is losing to UCF tonight, and Maryland is a pick against Boston College. GO TERPS!
IN OTHER GAMES:
Alabama plays Chattanooga (no line). ROLL TIDE ROLL!
F$U is heavily favored (57 points) over Idaho.
Baylor is favored by 9.5 over Oklahoma State and hopes to jump O$U in the BCS bonanza. The Buckeyes could beat Indiana by 1,000 and the BCS won’t care. Sucks to be them.
Notre Dame and BYU are a pick. GO COUGARS!
And that’s a wrap!