A somewhat desperate Penn State team finds itself at a football crossroads at their Big Ten oasis.
For years, it seemed that you went to Bloomington, Indiana only to rejuvenate and feel good about yourself for the road ahead.
Break the losing streak? Use your talented tight ends more, like 6-foot-7 Jesse James.
At least that’s the way it used to be for the Nittany Lions, who could always bank on coming here and finding a victory. They came packaged as comebacks, blowouts or even nail-biting survivals. They were always were there.
However, everything changed last year with Bill O’Brien’s team. We figured they were set on running the Hoosiers out of Memorial Stadium, just that it never worked out that way. Indiana met every strike with a forceful counter-attack and sprinted away with things in the end for its first victory ever over the Lions.
It’s a bit of a different scenario this weekend: For one of the few times in this series, doubt swirls around most every facet of the day. The Lions haven’t left the field victorious in six weeks, so even the wounded Hoosiers cannot necessarily be counted on to comply.
That’s why Penn State fans may need to see this: The five keys to victory in Bloomington:
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