Penn State Prepares For First Big 10 Game Of The SeasonPosted: Updated:
University Park, PA - Penn State may feel like they're traveling back to high school football this week as they head to Illinois for a Friday night football game to open their Big Ten season. Friday night's game will be the first time the Nittany Lions have played a regular season game on Friday in almost thirty six years.
Two years ago Penn State University decided to decline to play home football games on Friday nights, but playing under the lights on the road is out of their control. The 10th ranked Nittany Lions will head to Illinois with a perfect 3-0 record, while the Fighting Illini look to expand their 2-1 record.
Friday night games means fewer days of preparation for Penn State, but of course, the same goes for Illinois.
"We've got the same amount of days to get ready that Illinois does. So I kind of voiced some of my thoughts before this week started. But now that it's this week, it's game week for us, so we've embraced it" said James Franklin.
Whether the games on Friday or Saturday, it's game week and each week comes with the same mindset and the same approach. The mindset that the Nittany Lions arrived to the 2018 season with has not changed, clearly allowing them to continously have great success so far in the season.
"You always have to approach each game the same, as if it's your super bowl" said Safety Nick Scott.
"This week we have Illinois, so we're going to continue to work hard and do the things we need to do" said running back Mark Allen.
"Big Ten play will be Big Ten play, we approach each game like they are all Big Ten games."
Kick off is on Friday, September 21 at 9 p.m.