They don’t wish to recall their last excursion here to Columbus. For the matter, Penn State players don’t want to live on last 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 that they likely won’t shut out the Buckeyes from the second half just like they did in 2014.
Regardless, the Lions haven’t been too eager to reminisce about either game this week.
“We lost,” senior captain Jordan Lucas said. “That’s exactly what I remember.”
That are the frequent denominator there, yes.
What chance do the Lions have now been around against the No. 1 team in the surveys, the defending national champs who have never dropped a regular season Big Ten game in four years under Urban Meyer? Slim, albeit better than it seemed a week ago.
By the sounds of things, the Lions are heading to the Horseshoe in better health than they have needed for the last month. That should imply players like Saquon Barkley and Angelo Mangiro are back in the lineup along with all the typical faces on protection. Even Adam Breneman got in his first regular repetitions with the crime this week after a week to the scout team to acclimate back to action.
The Buckeyes have not 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 out sleepy for this one, using a packed house in primetime.

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