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With Michigan on desk, O'Brien, Pen State hoping to push past loss at Indiana

  • Penn State coach Bill O'Brien speaks at his weekly NCAA college football press conference, in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.  Penn State plays Michigan on Saturday in State College.  (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

    Penn State coach Bill O'Brien speaks at his weekly NCAA college football press conference, in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Penn State plays Michigan on Saturday in State College. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Penn State coach Bill O'Brien speaks at his weekly NCAA college football press conference, in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.  Penn State plays Michigan on Saturday in State College.  (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

    Penn State coach Bill O'Brien speaks at his weekly NCAA college football press conference, in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Penn State plays Michigan on Saturday in State College. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Penn State coach Bill O'Brien speaks at his weekly NCAA college football press conference, in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.  Penn State plays Michigan on Saturday in State College.  (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

    Penn State coach Bill O'Brien speaks at his weekly NCAA college football press conference, in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Penn State plays Michigan on Saturday in State College. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

Penn State is in a funk, and so is coach Bill O'Brien.

He was in no mood Tuesday to break down the loss at Indiana last Saturday. Or talk about how lost scholarships impact the program and how sanctions have hurt the Nittany Lions. And don't ask why the Nittany Lions haven't developed a No. 2 receiver.

Just don't.

Still smarting over losing to the Hoosiers, O'Brien wanted to keep the focus on Penn State's game Saturday against No. 18 Michigan.

O'Brien has good reason to run from rehashing the past. The Nittany Lions (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) are coming off a 44-24 loss to Indiana, ending a 16-game winning streak against what had been one of the conference's worst programs.