With the Penn State Nittany Lions unable to participate in a bowl game for the next three seasons, head coach Bill O’Brien must find other games to hype up and get the team excited for. This year, the October 26 battle at Ohio State will be Penn State’s equivalent to playing in a postseason game. It will be an opportunity for the Nittany Lions to get a marquis victory in a hostile environment.
Next year, the tip to Ireland to take on Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic will be like a bowl game, as it will be an opportunity to take a fantastic road trip and play in a unique venue.
While Penn State versus Ohio State is already a big game each year, the fact that the Nittany Lions have no big bowl games to look forward to makes it even bigger. When they travel to Columbus this October, the Buckeyes will likely be ranked as one of the top teams in the nation. Led by dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes will certainly be thinking about competing for a championship.
Penn State will have an opportunity for a massive upset in one of the toughest stadiums around. The game is set to be shown nationally on TV to a prime time audience. Fans of the Nittany Lions would love nothing more than to see them upset Ohio State and derail the Buckeyes’ championship aspirations. It will also be a chance for Penn State to get redemption for a 35-23 home loss to Ohio State last season.
When the Nittany Lions travel to Columbus this year, it will be more than just a conference game. It will be perhaps the biggest test of the season and the closest thing to a postseason game that the team will see.
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