They don’t want to recall their last excursion here to Columbus. For the matter, Penn State players do not wish 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 won’t shut out the Buckeyes from the second half just like they did in 2014.
Regardless, the Lions have not been too excited to reminisce about game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas said. “That’s what I recall.”
That would be the frequent denominator there, yes.
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 seemed a week ago.
From the sounds of things, the Lions are heading to the Horseshoe in better health than they have had for the past month. That should imply players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup along with each the usual faces on defense. Even Adam Breneman got in his first regular reps with the offense this week after a week to the scout team to acclimate back 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. But it’s hard to imagine them coming from sleepy for this one, using a crowded house in primetime.