They don’t wish to recall their last excursion here to Columbus. For the matter, Penn State players do not wish to dwell on last 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 won’t shut out the Buckeyes in the second half like they did in 2014.
No matter the Lions haven’t been overly excited to reminisce about either game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas stated. “That’s exactly 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 dropped a regular season Big Ten game in four decades under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit better than it seemed a week ago.
From the sounds of things, the Lions are going to the Horseshoe in better health than they’ve had for the past month. That should imply players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup along with all of the typical faces on protection. Even Adam Breneman obtained in his first regular repetitions with the crime this week following a week to the scout team to return to actions.
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 from tired with this one, with a crowded house in primetime.

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