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Will Penn State students no-show last two games?

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11:18 AM ET 11.17 | There are only two more games in which Mike Mauti and Matt McGloin will wear a Penn State uniform. There are only two more games for rookie coach Bill O'Brien to prove, despite adversity, his Nittany Lions (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) don't want to quit. In this football-crazed town, is it possible that students don't care? Sanctioned Penn State closes out its 2012 campaign with Indiana on Saturday then Wisconsin on Nov. 24. It's the first time since 2008 that the Lions will end the regular season with back-to-back games at Beaver Stadium. It's a nice way to go out for Penn State's senior class, but there's a glitch: Both games fall over the university's Thanksgiving break. And most Penn State students - who do not have a fall break like many other universities - are planning on packing up early and relaxing at home for the week. Penn State has made concerted efforts to accommodate students who want to attend the games. Dorms will stay open until Sunday morning and open again Friday evening, an extra day on each end of the week.

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November 17, 2012  11:21 AM ET

Better To Eat Turkey Than To Watch One, Bros.

November 17, 2012  11:36 AM ET

If I wasn't committed to doing for my beatific mother that weekend, I'd be willing to join someone in Happy Valley for the Wisconsin game.

November 17, 2012  11:49 AM ET

They'll be fine. O'Brien has done a hell of a job, all things considered!

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November 17, 2012  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They'll be fine. O'Brien has done a hell of a job, all things considered!

I agree....had the most difficult job in CFB this year. Also, Patterson's done a lot better than I thought he would after all the off field issues for TCU.

November 17, 2012  01:41 PM ET

woah mama...was wondering why there werent any early games on my tv (usually if Im lucky I get 1-2; drawback of living in canuckistan)...what a terrible slate of games.

November 17, 2012  01:42 PM ET

Little Caesars pizza, and a case of beer for Thanksgiving dinner, been there done that, as long as there's CFB its all good.

November 17, 2012  02:19 PM ET

I am not a fan nor hater of the current Penn State team/school. But the way that the headline was written was very unprofessional IMO. It makes it sound like the students are protesting the team, just another fine example of "yellow journalism". I wonder if the writer even knows what that means?!

November 17, 2012  06:20 PM ET
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I am not a fan nor hater of the current Penn State team/school. But the way that the headline was written was very unprofessional IMO. It makes it sound like the students are protesting the team, just another fine example of "yellow journalism". I wonder if the writer even knows what that means?!

Agreed. I read this article expecting the same thing.

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November 17, 2012  08:12 PM ET

Penn State? Bah! Who cares!?

Did anyone see that Notre Dame game tonight?

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November 18, 2012  11:33 AM ET

Bill O'Brien did a good job but who did they really beat in this vastly overrated conference. Bill will parlay his good fortune and head back to the NFL after this year because the situation at Penn State will only get worse and the competition in the B1G can't get any worse than it was this year.

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