We’re on the doorstep of one of the biggest college football games of the year and involves YOUR Ohio State Buckeyes against a top ten opponent, the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Both teams have some pretty lofty dreams and goals that involve an East division title, Big Ten Championship, and College Football Playoff berth, and this game is a significant mile marker along that journey. The winner goes on to keep pace with Michigan, while the loser will have to get out the pom poms and voodoo dolls to try and stay in the conversation for all of those things.
We’re lucky here on the USA TODAY SMG network to have sister sites that cover some of the Ohio State opponents, and it just so happens there’s one that does a fantastic job of pumping out some Penn State content.
Kevin McGuire of Nittany Lions Wire joined us in an exchange of topics leading up to the massive clash on Saturday, and what follows is a complete transcript of our conversation and what this game means to Penn State, its fans, and the Nittany Lion media.
Let’s get into baking this thing shall we?
On how Penn State fans are feeling about the matchup with Ohio State
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Question (Phil Harrison – BW): What is the pulse of Penn State fans heading into this one? Is there optimism, confidence, or a feeling of dread?
Answer (Kevin McGuire of NLW): There is a sense of optimism that maybe this year could be different from previous seasons, but the reality is Penn State fans also know this team has compiled impressive results and numbers against a low level of competition. This season has always boiled down to not screwing up the rest of the schedule and finding a way to get something done against Ohio State and/or Michigan. But there is a sense that this may be Penn State’s best chance to do that under James Franklin.
On Ohio State being able to pull…