Penn State vs. Ohio State: 10 Keys to Watch as Embattled Big Ten Foes Face Off

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Penn State vs. Ohio State: 10 Keys to Watch as Embattled Big Ten Foes Face Off
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes will face off Saturday in a Big Ten showdown that is important for all the wrong reasons.

The Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) are in the midst of a horrible scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexually abusing and raping young boys while Penn State's administration covered it up.

Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and college president Graham B. Spanier are no longer with the university.

The Buckeyes (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten), meanwhile, have had a down year due to players suspended from selling memorabilia. Losing 26-23 to the Purdue Boilermakers last Saturday effectively ended their six-year run of outright winning or sharing a Big Ten title.

With both programs in flux, here are 10 keys to watch during Saturday's game.

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