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The Road to the Big Ten Championship

The past week in State College has been absolutely hectic, bringing negative attention to the Penn State football team and resulting in the firing of legendary Joe Paterno. Despite losing Saturday’s emotional battle with Nebraska, the Nittany Lions still control their own destiny to win the Big Ten Leaders Division en route to a potential spot in the first ever Big Ten Championship Game.

With two games remaining, the boys in blue and white still hold a one game lead over Wisconsin, and a two game lead over Ohio State. There are three simple ways in which the Lions would be headed to Indianapolis on December 3rd:

  • Penn State defeats Ohio State and Wisconsin
  • Penn State defeats Ohio State, and Wisconsin loses to Illinois
  • Penn State loses to Ohio State, and defeats Wisconsin

Penn State is in the driver’s seat, but will adhere to the old adage: take things one game at a time. The Lions’ first test comes this Saturday in Columbus against the Buckeyes who dropped their matchup with Purdue this past weekend. This will be the Lions’ first true road test this season. Despite what has transpired this week, the Penn State football team still has a lot to play for.

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Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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