They do not wish to remember their last trip here to Columbus. For that matter, Penn State players do not wish to dwell on the past year’s double-overtime thriller either.
Odds are the Nittany Lions won’t behave like they did in 2013, a 63-14 reduction. Odds are that they probably won’t shut out the Buckeyes from the second half like they did in 2014.
Regardless, the Lions haven’t been overly eager to reminisce about either game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas said. “That is exactly what I remember.”
That are the common denominator there, yes.
What chance do the Lions have this time around against the No. 1 team in the polls, the defending national champs who have never dropped a regular season Big Ten game in four years under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit greater than it seemed a week back.
From the sounds of things, the Lions are going to the Horseshoe in better health than they have needed for the past month. That should mean players such as Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup along with all the usual faces on defense. Even Adam Breneman obtained in his first regular reps with the crime this week following a week on the scout team to acclimate back to actions.
The Buckeyes haven’t always lived up to their No. 1 position through six weeks, tied or trailing Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Maryland at halftime. But it’s difficult to imagine them coming from tired for this one, using a packed house in primetime.