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LACKAWANNA COUNTY -- Penn State has had a season to remember and still has at least two more big games to play.

The Big Ten championship game is this weekend in Indianapolis and fans from our area are getting ready to make the trip.

"It’s unbelievable," said Dr. Stephen Weissberger. The PSU alum said early in the season he "was ready to jump off the bridge" because the team wasn't playing very well.

At his dental practice in Taylor, Weissberger is surrounded by blue and white, a die-hard fan who's been to nearly every game this season and plans to go to Indianapolis to see Penn State play Wisconsin.

His only decision now; whether to fly or drive.

"I don’t think they’re going to play if I’m not there," he said.

Win or lose, Penn State will play in a bowl game, usually somewhere warm. And that's where JZ Tours in Scranton plans to help get fans there.

"Hoping on the Rose Bowl, we’re working on packages to take all the Penn State fans out there," said owner John Zelinski.

Zelinski arranges bus trips and hotels for fans all season long, but for the Big Ten title game, he and other companies aren't planning anything.

"They’re playing great right now. The Big Ten it’s a little too fast to get together for the championship. But people are calling for tickets. We’re selling tickets," he said.

Back at Weissberger's office, the 1960 PSU grad has his tickets and looks forward to a win in Indianapolis following years of adversity within the football program.

"I can’t believe they’ve come so far. Doesn’t seem like a long time, seems Joe [Paterno] was here a few years ago. A lot has transpired since," he said.

Penn State plays Wisconsin Saturday in Indianapolis. After that game, we should find out which bowl game they'll play in. That includes the possibility that the Nittany Lions end up in the college football playoff.

As for the Big Ten title game, Newswatch 16 plans to be there.


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