They do not wish to remember their last trip here to Columbus. For that matter, Penn State players don’t wish to dwell on the past year’s double-overtime thriller either.
Odds are the Nittany Lions will not behave like they did in 2013, a 63-14 reduction. Odds are they probably won’t shut out the Buckeyes from the second half just like they did in 2014.
No matter the Lions have not been too excited to reminisce about game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas said. “That is exactly what I remember.”
That would be the frequent denominator there, yes.
So 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 match in four decades under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit greater than it appeared a week ago.
By the sounds of things, the Lions are going into the Horseshoe in better health than they have needed for the past month. That should mean players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup together with all of the usual faces on defense. Even Adam Breneman got in his first regular repetitions with the offense this week following a week to the scout team to acclimate back to action.
The Buckeyes haven’t necessarily lived up to their No. 1 ranking through six weeks, tied or trailing Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Maryland in halftime. But it’s difficult to imagine them coming from sleepy for this one, with a crowded house in primetime.
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