PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien joined The Fan Morning Show on Thursday morning to discuss Penn State’s 43-40 four-overtime win over No. 18 ranked Michigan at Happy Valley this past Saturday.
“It’s what college football is all about,” O’Brien said of the atmosphere surrounding Penn State’s stunner over Michigan. “It’s really helped our confidence in practice this week.”
Penn State is off this week as they prepare for a road trip to Ohio State.
O’Brien laughs when the guys said this is how he drew it up – winning a four-overtime game before a week off. He did admit that the bye week comes at a great time as they have reached the halfway point of the season.
He feels they could be 6-0 at this point. He felt they did not play well at Indiana and fell short against a good Central Florida team.
Next up for the (4-2) Nittany Lions is Ohio State next Saturday.
“They are a top five team in the country and clearly the best in our conference,” O’Brien said.
It will be a big challenge for his team going on the road and facing Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller, who O’Brien said is a great athlete who can really throw the ball. He expects his team to be up for the challenge.
It has been a challenge for Penn State over the past two seasons, but O’Brien has kept the football program relevant while the university has done all they can to make up for the past while moving forward.
“It will never happen again,” O’Brien said. “The university has worked hard to make amends for what has happened.”
O’Brien said he has not had a chance to see who is on the 13-member College Football Playoff Committee, but said it’s great to finally see that they will be able to decide a champion on the field and not by a computer.
“Playoffs is when you see the beauty of sports,” O’Brien said.
The win over Michigan last Saturday at Happy Valley felt like a playoff atmosphere.
“That was the best crowd and game I have seen at Penn State,” O’Brien said. “Having been on the sidelines for two Super Bowls, it doesn’t get more intense than that, but that was the best I have seen here.”
Listen to the full interview with Coach O’Brien here: