I watched this video:
And Mason's comments at the end struck me.
This will be the first game NT has NOT been favored in since Arkansas. The expectations are off of the Mean Green's shoulders now, and firmly on USU's.
So the pressure is off. They can go out and "have fun" (re: play loose, without expectations). This should work well for us, especially if we're within 1 score in the 4th quarter. And I fully expect to be close since we've not trailed by more than 1 score for the entire year.
If the rest of the team feels like Mason, I'm starting to think this game will go one of 2 ways:
1. The game will end in a hurry because the guys will come out loose & ready, pour on a bunch of points quickly, and make USU believe they can't win without their coach & fold.
2. The game will be extremely close & NT digs out the win like they often did last year when they didn't have expectations (Army, ODU, UTSA...).