With the college football season already started, and Penn State’s first game of the James Franklin Era literally hours away from kick-off, I realized that I have not officially prognosticated in public.
My emotions swing from 5-7 to 11-1. There was that one moment when I toyed with the idea of predicting a 12-0 season (which flashed through my mind when I read that Braxton Miller was out for the season), but I am officially going to settle on 10-2.
Don’t ask me why. Don’t ask me which two games I think we will lose.
There is no more merit in my forecast than any weatherman out there right now.
But with kick-off nearing in Dublin at Croke Park, I will predict a victory for the blue and white over George O’Leary’s Golden Knights.
And here are my reasons, in no particular order.
1. Lee Corso picked UCF to wax Penn State.
2. No Bortles.
3. James Franklin.
4. Christian Hackenberg.
5. Come on people, it’s UCF. Sure they went 12-1 last season, but this ain’t Florida State. I think people are underestimating how important Bortles was to the offense, and are over-estimating what kind of defense the Knights will have this year.
6. James Franklin
7. Clucko the Chicken picks Penn State.
8. Five of six Harrisburg writers pick UCF
9. James Franklin. Seriously. This man is a dynamo. And he brings with him a complete staff that he has already worked with and developed chemistry with. THIS IS CRUCIAL. This is not Bill O’Brien parachuting into a war zone with a rag tag team of old friends assembled at the last minute. This is a well oiled machine that managed to post back to back 9 win seasons at Vanderbilt, a school that had not had a 9 win season since 1915.
10. George O’Leary, undefeated ND head coach, who will be toasted to no end at every pub in the country and pickled in free drinks by the time kick-off rolls around.
11. Because WE ARE . . .