They do not want to recall their last trip here to Columbus. For that matter, Penn State players don’t wish to live on the past year’s double-overtime thriller either.
Odds are the Nittany Lions won’t crumble like they did in 2013, a 63-14 reduction. Odds are that they likely won’t shut out the Buckeyes from the second half like they did in 2014.
Regardless, the Lions haven’t been too excited to reminisce about game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas stated. “That is exactly what I recall.”
That would be the common denominator there, yes.
What chance do the Lions have this time around against the No. 1 team in the surveys, the defending national champs who have never dropped a regular season Big Ten match in four decades under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit better than it appeared a week ago.
From the sounds of things, the Lions are heading to the Horseshoe in better health than they have had for the last month. That should mean players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup along with each the usual faces on protection. Even Adam Breneman obtained in his first regular reps with the crime this week after a week to the scout team to return to actions.
The Buckeyes have not always lived up to their No. 1 position through six months, tied or trailing Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Maryland in halftime. But it’s hard to imagine them coming from tired for this one, with a crowded house in primetime.
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