Fall of course, means football in Happy Valley, but Joe Pa's boys are not the only Nittany Lions doing battle on campus.
The Penn State Field Hockey Team is the defending Big Ten regular-season champion, and though the young team is having their struggles this season, they are among the top-watched squads in the nation on their home field, and have already topped last year's attendance totals.
"I'm pleased about that because we have had a challenging season," said head Coach Charlene Morett, "so it's nice to have that support even though our record hasn't been as successful this year; the fans have been great."
The Nittany Lions are 4-9 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten, but they have played arguably once of the toughest schedules in the country. Every opponent has been ranked or receiving votes at the time Penn State has faced them this season.
There have been very bright moments, including a last week's 3-1 win over fourteenth-ranked Stanford and 2-1 overtime victory against No. 18 Ohio State.
"They [the Buckeyes] are a very strong team, a team that will be in the NCAA tournament and could beat some teams, so showing our competiveness in that game and our poise in overtime is exciting. We've never shied away from playing a tough schedule."
Morett is among the top field hockey coaches in the nation, fourth on the all-time win list of active coaches. She has guided the Nittany Lions to the NCAA tournament 20 times, and appeared the national championship game as recently as 2007. Along the way, her Penn State program earned even more fans, publicity and respect, both locally and nationally.
Their "Think Pink" day was featured on the NCAA field hockey web page this month, they have made appearances on the Big Ten Network, and you can even follow them on Twitter with in-game updates.
Even if field hockey is not your game, or you do not understand the rules, you have to appreciate the tradition Morett has built at Penn State, and the excellence for which her players continue to strive.
It is worth the trip to Happy Valley to see this squad in action. The Nittany Lions have two more home games this season, beginning with tonight's 6pm clash with intrastate rival, Bucknell. Michigan State rounds out the home conference season with a noon game on Halloween day.
Penn State hopes to finish the regular season strong and make a run at the Big Ten Tournament title, which would give them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
"We have shown signs of playing very strong hockey," said Morett, "and we can't for one second believe that we're out of the playoff picture. We have a great conference schedule to be played, and a great conference tournament. We just need to improve a couple of little things and we're right there."
Kellie Goodman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her column appears on Tuesdays.