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The 2012 Penn State football team provided us with an entertaining season that had its fair share of ups and downs. Yet now that the season is over, the overall feeling is that it was a success thanks to the team's 8-4 record.

First-year head coach Bill O'Brien did a wonderful job getting the players to buy into his coaching scheme and he has proved to be one of the more innovative minds in college football.

The 2012 season also provided a memorable senior class, full of leaders like Michael Mauti, Michael Zordich, Stephon Morris, Matt McGloin and Jordan Hill. The 2012 team was rightly recognized before the final game of the season by having "2012" placed on the Beaver Stadium facade to commemorate their season and commitment to Penn State.

While it's fun to look back at 2012, it's never too early to start looking ahead to the 2013 football season and all the excitement that it will bring.

It will be fun to see what new players develop under O'Brien. After all, not many Penn State fans knew who players such as Allen Robinson and Zach Zwinak were before this past season.

The big home games on next year's schedule include visits from Michigan on Oct. 12 and Nebraska on Nov. 23.

Act now and you can save and earn rewards on your football trip to Happy Valley when you stay at two of our properties.

Reserve your stay with the Days Inn Penn State (website) from now until Dec. 31 and you can receive 15 percent off when you order online.

The Days Inn is great because it's right in the middle of State College and within walking distance to great restaurants like Mad Mex.

Earn rewards when you book your stay with the State College Super 8. You can earn 1,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points for all 2013 Penn State football bookings. To receive the points, you must book your stay before Feb. 28.

Click here for more information on the rewards program.

Start planning your trip today so you can be a part of the next great Penn State football moment. These next nine months will go fast and before we know it, we will all be back in Beaver Stadium cheering on the Nittany Lions to victory.

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