October 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM
Penn State drubbed Iowa, 38-14, Saturday night in Iowa City, but now it's on to the next one.
And that next one is a big one.
Undefeated and seventh-ranked Ohio State will visit Beaver Stadium next Saturday in a matchup for first place in the Big Ten Leaders Division. Neither Penn State (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) nor Ohio State (8-0, 3-0) can play in the Big Ten Championship game due to NCAA sanctions, but it's not as though there's nothing to play for.
It'll be an all-stadium whiteout next week, and regardless of postseason eligibility, it's still Penn State-Ohio State.
"It's gonna be a huge game," senior defensive end Pete Massaro said. "…We're going to have to have a great week of practice and really come out swinging next Saturday."
The Buckeyes almost got their first loss handed to them Saturday, but they were able to comeback at home and top Purdue, 29-22, in overtime. Braxton Miller, Ohio State's star quarterback, was forced to leave the game in the third quarter with an apparent head injury.
Miller was taken to the hospital and was eventually released. He later tweeted "All good" late on Saturday, and his status for next week's game is unknown.
Regardless of what Miller can or cannot do, Ohio State will enter Beaver Stadium with an unblemished record under Urban Meyer, who's in his first season as the team's head coach.
"We wanted Ohio State to win," said senior linebacker Michael Mauti, who had eight tackles, a sack and an interception against Iowa. "It sets the stage. Coach Meyer is going to have that team readied and prepared to come into Beaver Stadium next weekend so we've got to rise to the occasion."
Last season, the Nittany Lions outscored Ohio State, 20-14, in Columbus for their first win against their Big Ten foe since 2008. The last time the Buckeyes visited Beaver Stadium was in 2009, when they beat Penn State by 17 points.