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An Ode To A Much-Needed Away Game Weekend

After four long weekends of Penn State football, an away game is just about what the doctor ordered.

For the past month, State College has been blessed with four home football games and, more importantly, four Penn State wins. Sitting at 5-0 and ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll, the Nittany Lions are right on their way to a possible national championship season.

Even though fans have certainly enjoyed this month of undefeated football, everyone is probably ready for a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation.

As a sophomore, this was my first time going to football games at Beaver Stadium, and it was everything I expected it to be. But as each week came and went, I, and a lot of people I know, was very drained out from going to a football game every Saturday. Waking up at the crack of dawn to tailgate can certainly take a toll.

The White Out on September 18 was one of the longest days of my life. Now, I wouldn’t change a thing I did, but waking up at 4 a.m., going to College GameDay on Old Main Lawn for almost eight hours, tailgating all afternoon, and finally going into the game and standing up for five hours would take a lot out of anyone.

After four straight weeks at home, surely many students’ livers brains could really use a more relaxed weekend, too. This weekend will give students the chance to sit back and purely focus on just watching the game. You won’t need to worry about waiting in line, getting into the stadium, or, God forbid, trying to find a seat in the already-packed student section.

Your wallet might be jumping for joy, too — especially for those students who weren’t lucky enough to get season tickets and have been paying quite the price just to get into the stadium each week. Still, for those of you who are bar-bound this weekend, you still might be paying the price. But, at least you’ll be paying for a great spot downtown where you can sit, get decent food, and just focus on the only thing that matters: going 1-0 this week.

Thank you, Penn State’s schedule, for giving us a couple of weeks off to regain some energy before Penn State football returns to Beaver Stadium on October 23.

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Matt Brown

Matt is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him watching reruns of "The Office" or "Friends." To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected]

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