Prediction time: Penn State-Ohio State breakdown
They do not wish to remember their last trip here to Columbus. For that matter, Penn State players don’t want to live on the past year’s double-overtime thriller either.
Odds are the Nittany Lions won’t behave like they did in 2013, a 63-14 reduction. Odds are 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 either game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas said. “That is exactly what I remember.”
That would be the common denominator there, yes.
What chance do the Lions have now been around against the No. 1 team in the surveys, the defending national champs who have never dropped a regular season Big Ten game in four decades under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit greater than it seemed a week ago.
By the sounds of things, the Lions are heading to the Horseshoe in better health than they’ve needed for the past month. That should mean players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup together with each the usual faces on defense. Even Adam Breneman obtained in his first regular reps with the crime this week following a week on the scout team to return to actions.
The Buckeyes have not always lived up to their No. 1 ranking through six weeks, tied or trailing Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Maryland in halftime. Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine them coming out tired with this one, using a crowded house in primetime.
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