Penn State-Alabama has produced some doozies, though.
The most memorable game came when Alabama won a national title with a goal line stand in the 1979 Sugar Bowl that is immortalized in both paintings and minds statewide.
Penn State was No. 1, Alabama No. 2 in that one. Now, the Nittany Lions are the ones trying to topple the top-ranked team and score one for the Big Ten vs. the Southeastern Conference in what would qualify as a sizable upset.
Penn State’s hard to intimidate _ the Nittany Lions have gone 8-1 on the road the past two seasons. The Tide’s hard to beat at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which gets its first national showcase since expanding capacity to 101,821. Alabama has won 15 in a row at Bryant-Denny, and could move into a three way tie for fourth-longest home streak in school history.
They’ve been looking forward to the challenge in State College, Pa.
“It’s a lot of excitement,” Penn State wide receiver Chaz Powell said. “You’re going to get one time, even if you get that, to play the defending national champs. We’re going to come down and showcase (ourselves) and give (Alabama) a run for their money.”