They don’t want to recall their last trip here to Columbus. For the matter, Penn State players don’t want to live 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 they likely will not shut out the Buckeyes in the second half like they did in 2014.
Regardless, the Lions have not been overly excited to reminisce about either game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas stated. “That’s 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 better than it appeared a week ago.
From the sounds of things, the Lions are heading to the Horseshoe in better health than they’ve had for the last month. That should mean players such as Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup along with each of the usual faces on protection. Even Adam Breneman got in his first regular reps with the offense this week after a week on the scout team to acclimate back to action.
The Buckeyes haven’t always lived up to their No. 1 position through six months, tied or trailing Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Maryland at halftime. Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine them coming out tired with this one, using a crowded house in primetime.
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