They don’t want to recall their last trip here to Columbus. For the matter, Penn State players do not wish to dwell on the past year’s double-overtime thriller either.
Odds are the Nittany Lions will not crumble 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.
Regardless, the Lions haven’t been overly eager 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 at the surveys, the defending national champs who have never dropped a regular season Big Ten match in four decades under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit better than it appeared a week ago.
By the sounds of things, the Lions are heading to 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 together with each of the usual faces on protection. Even Adam Breneman got in his first regular repetitions with the offense this week following a week on the scout team to return 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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