12th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will play its first game that doesn't involve Joe Paterno in some capacity since 1950 when they host the 19th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Long considered a bastion of pride, integrity and doing things the "right way", the Penn State football program and its legendary head coach are currently embroiled in a controversy of monumental proportion. The alleged deviant sexual misconduct by a former assistant coach has cost Joe Paterno his job, as the school made a announcement late Wednesday night to sever ties with Paterno after 46 years at the helm. Longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been named interim head coach.
The Cornhuskers come in sporting a 7-2 overall record, but both losses have occurred in conference, including last week's 28-25 setback to visiting Northwestern. The loss snapped Nebraska's eight-game home winning streak, and going back a bit further, the Huskers had knocked off nine straight Big Ten foes in Lincoln.
The Nittany Lions had a bye last weekend, giving them extra time to prepare for this visit from the Big Ten's newest member. At 8-1 overall and 5-0 in conference, PSU sits atop the league's Leaders Division, two games up on both Ohio State and Wisconsin, which the Lions will face the following two weeks, on the road, to close out the 2011 regular season. A win this week will earn Paterno's team no worse than a tie for the Leaders Division title, and wins in two of its final three outings will send Penn State to the inaugural Big Ten Conference Championship Game to be played on December 3 in Indianapolis.
Game date, time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, Nov 12
Location: Beaver Stadium, Happy Valley, PA
TV channel: ESPN
Spread: Nebraska favored by 2.
Series history: Penn State leads, 7-6.
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