They don’t want to remember their last excursion here to Columbus. For the matter, Penn State players do not wish to dwell on last year’s double-overtime thriller either.
Odds are the Nittany Lions won’t crumble like they did in 2013, a 63-14 loss. Odds are that they probably will not shut out the Buckeyes in the second half just like they did in 2014.
Regardless, the Lions have not been overly eager to reminisce about either game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas stated. “That is exactly what I recall.”
That would be the frequent denominator there, yes.
So what chance do the Lions have now been around against the No. 1 team at the surveys, the defending national champs who have never lost a regular season Big Ten game in four years under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit greater than it appeared a week ago.
From the sounds of things, the Lions are going into the Horseshoe in better health than they have had for the past month. That should mean players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup along with all the typical faces on defense. Even Adam Breneman obtained in his first regular reps with the offense this week after a week on the scout team to acclimate back to action.
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 sleepy with this one, using a packed house in primetime.
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