The picturesque mountains surrounding Beaver Stadium have begun their annual transformation into a beautiful tapestry of autumn colors, creating an absolute sight to behold.
Typically, it is at this time that the Penn State Nittany Lions begin a similar flowering on the gridiron, a metamorphosis of sorts, blossoming from an average football team into a cohesive unit capable of competing for a Big Ten title, only to hiccup it away later in the schedule.
Well, the Lions 2K11 version currently stands at 5-1 atop the Leaders Division of the Big Ten with Illinois. However, the Nits play has not been easy on the eyes by any stretch of the imagination, which has created an uneasiness amongst the denizens of Paternoville and the entire Blue and White Nation as they impatiently await this year's change to take place.
To quote a song made famous by Sam Cooke: "A change is gonna come," and I believe it just may arrive earlier than the Purdue Boilermakers do for this Saturday's noon kickoff.
The following are predictions on how I see the remainder of Nittany Lions' season unfolding.
No, I have not drank any Kool Aid, and no, I am not intoxicated. I am simply looking at the balance of the schedule with an open mind and a slight bit of optimism.