Rutgers (2-9, 0-8) vs. Penn State (9-2, 6-2)
As I sit here in Chicago with my butt frozen to the chair, hoping to thaw in time for Thanksgiving dinner, I am impelled to write something about the forthcoming pseudo-rivalry pseudo-game, in which ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives Rutgers a 0.6% chance of winning. That’s as lopsided as I’ve ever seen that meaningless graph!
Does it matter whether Sean Clifford plays? No.
Does it matter whether the weather is fair or foul? No.
Does it matter whether Penn State plays a sloppy game? No.
That’s the point. If the brains of the team are on this same wavelength, they’ll probably put out a half-assed effort against the dregs of the Big Ten, who I have dubbed the Scarlet Knights of Piscataway Junior High. As a bone-us, they play at Asia Carrera Memorial Stadium, and as I’ve mentioned before, Scarlet Knights is a play on words referring to nearby Trenton’s famous red light district. Yeah, I made that all up. Just killing time here.
Clearly, I have nothing to say, so I’ll cut to the chase. Oops, forgot the weather! Can’t forget the weather in late November! Hell, I almost blew it!
Da Bottom Line
This will be the final Official Turkey Poop Prediction of the regular season. (Otherwise, I’ll be looking forward to pulling a Texas A&M vs. PSU Outback Bowl prediction out of my ass). Current line is PSU – 40 with an o/u of 50. Is that weird or what? That works out to PSU 45, Rutgers 5.
So, here’s what I think. Take the points! How often can you get 40 points? It’s Senior Day, so Franklin will no doubt empty the bench for this one and give everybody a chance to play before the expected crowd of 15,000 at Beaver Stadium (which will be announced as 97,543). There will probably be a few good fights as weary PJH players express their frustration. It’s liable to be one of the most forgettable games of your viewing career. Penn State 38, Rutgers 10.
I might be back after the game with a recap, for what it’s worth. Depends on whether my butt stays frozen to the chair. Happy Thanksgiving All!