They do not want to recall their last excursion 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 loss. Odds are they probably won’t shut out the Buckeyes in the second half just like they did in 2014.
No matter the Lions haven’t been too eager to reminisce about game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas stated. “That is exactly what I recall.”
That are the frequent denominator there, yes.
So what chance do the Lions have this time around against the No. 1 team at the polls, the defending national champs who have never lost a regular season Big Ten game in four years under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit greater than it seemed a week ago.
By the sounds of things, the Lions are going to the Horseshoe in better health than they’ve needed for the last month. That should imply players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup together with all 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 position through six months, tied or trailing Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Maryland at halftime. But it’s hard to imagine them coming out sleepy with this one, using a packed house in primetime.