With at least a share of the Leaders Division title on the line for the Penn State Nittany Lions, they have a tough task ahead of them as they travel on the road to face the Ohio State Buckeyes amidst the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal as well as news of former head coach Joe Paterno being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Both teams enter this game following disappointing conference losses in Week 11 of the college football season. The Nittany Lions fell short of a comeback victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 17-14, after a week full of drama and distraction. Ohio State—who faced their fair share of distractions in the offseason—continued their rough Big Ten season with a 26-23 overtime loss to the Purdue Boilermakers.
Neither team has shown a phenomenal offensive attack this season, while their defenses—two of the best in the Big Ten Conference—have done their very best to keep their team above water.
So much is going on off the field for the Nittany Lions that it could be a tough game for the Leaders Division-leading squad to focus on as the Buckeyes hope to keep themselves in the conversation for the Big Ten Championship game. The Buckeyes are on the outside looking in though behind both Penn State and Wisconsin in the Leaders Division, and a loss to Penn State would ensure their elimination from contention.
The Penn State-Ohio State game always showcases some outstanding competition. For years the Buckeyes have held the edge over the Nittany Lions, but who holds the edge in this season’s matchup?