It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for.
Despite James Franklin’s one-Super-Bowl-at-a-time mantra, every Penn State fan has had this game circled on their calendar.
The White Out is a sight unlike any other, just ask Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes’ bench boss has experienced firsthand how the atmosphere can help propel a major underdog to a miraculous victory.
The Nittany Lions aren’t exactly underdogs this time around, however. ESPN gives the Nittany Lions a 53.6 percent chance of winning Saturday’s contest. Despite that, the Buckeyes opened as 3.5-point favorites against the Nittany Lions.
The Daily Collegian, with the help of Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Latern, helps us get to know Buckeyes football this season, while the Collegian’s Matt Lingerman breaks down Ohio State’s potent offense.
Four games into the 2018 season have seen zero snaps played by backup quarterback Tommy Stevens. While his status remains in doubt, his presence could prove vital for the Nittany Lions.
While Stevens’ versatility should frighten opposing defenses, Trace McSorley on his own strikes enough fear into the opposition.
On the Ice
As football nears the middle of the season, hockey season is a little more than a week away when Penn State takes on Brock in an exhibition matchup. After a second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, Guy Gadowsky will hope to lead the program to new heights, though it may be a bit of a challenge.
The Nittany Lions open the season ranked No. 16 in the USCHO.com poll and are predicted to finish fifth in a strong Big Ten. The underdog status should be familiar for the Nittany Lions, having spent virtually all of its time as a Division-I program with the moniker.
A conference title two seasons ago and back-to-back National Tournament appearances showed the team could roll with the big dogs, and Gadowsky now faces the challenge of cementing the team’s place among college hockey’s elite.