This game has major implications in the Big Ten Championship race, but that won’t be why most people are tuning in. Penn State has been rocked by controversy surrounding the allegations surrounding former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and the perceived cover up by university officials as well as the inaction of legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
Paterno was fired because of these allegations and it caused a massive riot in State College. A news van was tipped and destroyed and the police were forced to use mace on the crowd.
Everyone has an opinion on what should or shouldn’t happen and it will be incredibly challenging for the announcers of the game to stay focused on the actual football game and not all of the off-field distractions.
The game will be played at Noon EST and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN (check your local listings for the specific channel). The announcers for the game will be Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman.
ESPN was going to have former Florida head coach Urban Meyer analyzing the game, but his father recently passed away so he will not be in attendance. Meyer is also considered a candidate to replace Paterno, but he has repeatedly said he does not plan on returning to coaching.
At least 75 former Penn State players will be on the sidelines for the game in support of the current team, though the organizer Rich Mauti made it a point to say this was not meant to detract from the suffering of the victims and their families. That said, multiple former players have donated money to Sandusky so that he can get his “entitled day in court.”
The stadium will be in a “Blue Out” to support the prevention of child abuse and blue ribbons will be distributed to the players and fans.
Nebraska is coming off a home loss to Northwestern, but Vegas has them installed as 3.5-point favorites.