When Penn State stood at 2-2, students literally had a better shot at winning Pennsylvania’s PICK 3 lottery (0.1 percent) than watching their Nittany Lions win the Big Ten championship (0.09 percent, according to FPI), which they are playing for tonight against Wisconsin. Maybe that’s why so many fans are milling around downtown with goofy smiles — it feels like they’ve just hit the jackpot.

“Ah man, it’s been crazy,” linebacker Jason Cabinda said. “I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen Happy Valley this happy. There’s just a buzz around the whole community.”

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