No. 4 Penn State (3-0) cruised through non-conference play, but will open Big Ten play Saturday night with one of the challenges of the season on the road against Iowa.
The Nittany Lions haven’t had the most success in Kinnick Stadium over the years, dropping four of its last five in Iowa City, which includes the last game it was ranked in the top four back in 2008.
Ahead of this clash, here’s all the media and miscellaneous information you’ll need:
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and you can catch the game live on ABC. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be calling the game, with Maria Taylor reporting from the sidelines.
Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones, Jack Ham, and Derrick Williams. Local: 93.7 FM/1450 AM. Sirius: Ch. 132. XM: Ch. 196.
It’s been scorching the past couple days in Iowa City and it will still be pretty hot at kickoff — sunny and 84 degrees at kickoff before dropping to the mid-70s once the sun goes down, according to AccuWeather.
Last Time They Met
Penn State leads the all-time series 14-12, with wins in each of the last three games between the two teams. Last season, the 12th-ranked Nittany Lions bamboozled Iowa 41-14 in front of more than 106,000 during the Beaver Stadium night clash. Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley helped Penn State jump out to a big lead early and propelled through, rushing for 167 yards and throwing for 240 yards, respectively.
After a pair of his key players missed the last game with undisclosed injuries, Franklin indicated that both sophomore linebacker Cam Brown and redshirt senior offensive lineman Brendan Mahon will return to action this weekend.
There was no update this on Torrence Brown, however, who was carted off in the first quarter of the win over Georgia State with what appeared to be a right leg injury.
Cornerback John Reid injured his knee during spring ball. There is no timetable for his return.
Onward State will have you covered throughout the game, with big plays, photos, analysis, and more coming from our main @OnwardState Twitter and Facebook accounts, and play-by-play commentary coming from @OnwardStSports.
Sports editor David Abruzzese (@abruz11), managing editor Elissa Hill (@ElissaKHill), Penn State news editor Steve Connelly (@slc2o), and sports writer Ethan Kasales (@easyEKasales) have you covered with all the action from the game. Student life editor Claire Fountas (@ClaireFountas) will be on the scene in Iowa City.
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