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Nebraska vs. Penn State Football: Head-to-Head Breakdown
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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Beaver Stadium, State College, PA: 12 p.m. ET

TV Coverage: ESPN

The Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to State College, Pennsylvania on Saturday to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Nebraska is coming off of a devastating defeat to Northwestern. Nebraska controlled its own destiny in the Legends division before last Saturday’s game. All the Cornhuskers had to do is beat a Northwestern team that had previously only won one game in the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska failed to show up and Northwestern walked out of Memorial Stadium with a 28-25 victory over the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska must win their remaining games and hope that Michigan State loses one of theirs. It will not be easy for the Cornhuskers with three tough opponents remaining on their schedule. The journey begins Saturday against the No. 12-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.

Nebraska and Penn State have played 13 times. Penn State has won seven of the 13 games. Although the two teams have only played each other 13 times, they do have a history together.

In 1982, No. 8-ranked Penn State defeated No. 2-ranked Nebraska in a controversial game. Penn State was awarded a touchdown on a catch that was clearly out of bounds.

In order to settle the controversy from the 1982 game, Nebraska and Penn State were matched up the next year in the first-ever Kickoff Classic. Nebraska was able to obtain revenge on the Nittany Lions by beating them 44-6.

Although the two teams did not play each other in 1994, they were linked together. Both teams were undefeated on the season, but Nebraska was awarded the national championship while Penn State finished No. 2 in the polls.

The last time the teams met was in 2003. Nebraska won that game 18-10.

Fans of both schools have been waiting to see these two gladiators of college football meet since their last game in 2003. The game cannot be played without acknowledging the elephant in the room, the sexual abuse scandal taking place at Penn State.

Will the scandal interrupt Penn State’s ability to be prepared for one of their toughest games of the year? We will find out Saturday.  

Here is a how I see this game breaking down…

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