STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 9: Students and those in the community visit the Joe Paterno statue after football head coach Joe Paterno was fired during the Penn State Board of Trustees Press Conference, at Beaver Field, November 9, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno and Spanier have lost their positions amid allegations that former former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
For the first time since the 1960s, Penn State will not be head coached by Joe Paterno. A win and losses from Wisconsin and Ohio State clinches their team a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
For the first time since 1965, Penn State will play a football game without Joe Paterno as their head coach. Given all that is going on in Happy Valley that led to Paterno's firing, football carries on and the No. 12 Nittany Lions take on the No. 19 Nebraska Saturday. A win by Penn State, and losses from Wisconsin and Ohio State, clinches the Nittany Lions a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Penn State currently tops the Leaders division with an undefeated 5-0 record thanks in large part to holding opposing offenses to just 62 points. Nebraska on the other hand is battling for the Legends' top spot, trailing Michigan State by a game at 3-2. The game will be aired on ESPN at noon with Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman, and Urban Meyer calling the action.
Here are the other Big Ten games taking place on Saturday:
Michigan State vs. Iowa; noon (ESPN) - check out the game stream
Ohio State @ Purdue; noon (BTN)
Rice @ Northwestern; noon (BTN)
#24 Michigan @ Illinois; 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN) - check out the game stream
Wisconsin @ Minnesota; 3:30 p.m. (BTN)