They don’t want to remember their last trip here to Columbus. For the matter, Penn State players don’t wish to live on last 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 that they likely will not shut out the Buckeyes from the second half like they did in 2014.
No matter the Lions haven’t been overly eager to reminisce about either game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas stated. “That’s exactly what I remember.”
That would be the frequent 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 lost a regular season Big Ten match in four decades under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit greater than it seemed a week back.
By the sounds of things, the Lions are going into the Horseshoe in better health than they’ve needed for the last month. That should mean players such as Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup together with each the usual faces on defense. Even Adam Breneman got in his first regular reps with the offense this week after a week on the scout team to return to actions.
The Buckeyes haven’t necessarily lived up to their No. 1 ranking through six months, tied or trailing Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Maryland at halftime. But it’s difficult to imagine them coming from sleepy with this one, with a packed house in primetime.
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