Lions have found reason to play, made season exciting
What could have been the first of four lost years for Penn State has been transformed into an exciting and meaningful journey by an extraordinary group of players and coaches.
After starting with two tough losses, these Lions have rallied around each other, and their new coaching staff, to produce five straight wins and an exciting brand of football not seen in Beaver Stadium since 1994.
There will be 100,000 plus in the seats Saturday night for a showdown with top ten Ohio State, and the fans will be dressed in white for a white out. Bragging rights and a division championship, all either of these teams can play for this year, are on the line.
But for Penn State so much more is at stake. The team and fans will again show a national ESPN audience they are much more than the scandal many have tagged them with, very unfairly, over the past year. They will show the nation Penn State remains a great place to get a top notch education and have some fun.
The team will show recruits Nittany Lion football is still pretty darn good, and playing for Bill O’Brien means playing on national TV, in front of a tenth of a million frenzied fans, with a coach who can do as much as any to give you a shot at the NFL.
The Lions need to play a competitive game Saturday. But whatever the numbers on the scoreboard show at the end of 60 minutes, by having gotten to this point, this Penn State is team is a winner.