STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A win for Penn State has never been more imperative than it will be for Saturday when they play against Michigan State in their last home game of the season.
For Penn State to advance into the Big Ten title game next weekend in Indianapolis, not only must they win tomorrow's game -- but also tomorrow Ohio State needs to pick up a win against Michigan.
While the Ohio State vs Michigan game starts at 12 o'clock, the Penn State vs Michigan State game doesn't start until after 3.
Having said that, depending on the results of the Ohio State vs Michigan game, we'll learn at some point in the first quarter of the Penn State vs Michigan State game if it becomes a playoff-qualifying game in Beaver Stadium.
Though, win or lose, it can be said that in over two decades Penn State hasn't played a better season than the one they played this year.
It's a comforting thought to imagine the smile on Joe Paterno's face up there in Heaven as he quietly whispers to himself, "we sure are."
Tune into Saturday's game at 3:30 PM on ESPN -- or better yet, head over to Happy Valley and experience the atmosphere of Beaver Stadium for yourself.