Bucks, Nittany Lions Play for Pride

By: Associated press
By: Associated press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is so focused on football this week, he forgot his own birthday. He's a little distracted getting the Nittany Lions ready to host unbeaten No. 9 Ohio State on Saturday.

Both teams aren't eligible for a Big Ten title or a bowl game because of NCAA sanctions. Yet they still might be the league's two best teams through the first half of the conference schedule.

Penn State (5-2, 3-0) has won five straight since starting the year with two straight losses.

O'Brien said Tuesday his players have earned the right to play in such a big game after fighting through adversity. As for his birthday, O'Brien said he was reminded he was turning 43 on Tuesday only after getting a text message from his brother.

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