COLUMBUS, Ohio - Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has talked frequently this week about the challenge his team faces going into Saturday night's game against unbeaten and fourth-ranked Ohio State, which is currently the best team in the Big Ten Conference race by several furlongs.
The Nittany Lions will face multiple challenges on what should be a wild night with more than 105,000 folks packing Ohio Stadium. O'Brien, who had the benefit of a bye last week, will have them ready.
But can they pull off the upset of the Buckeyes, winners of 19 consecutive games?
It's not that the Buckeyes have played pristine football every single week. They had to come on strong in the second half of each of their last two games to pull out a victory. While that can be a risky plan from week to week, they have the confidence in knowing they can do it.