Gameday Coverage: Croke Park Classic vs. UCF

Hello Penn State fans!

The summer is finally over, and the Penn State football team is ready to kickoff against UCF. The game will be played in Dublin, Ireland. It’s the first time either team has played a game outside of the United States. Whether you’ll be watching at a bar, tailgating at home, or be one of the thousands representing our school in Dublin, coach James Franklin’s debut is sure to be remembered for a long time.

Below is all of the media information you’ll need for Saturday’s game:

Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. Eastern time/1:30 p.m. Western European time

Television: ESPN2 — Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards

Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter). Local: 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, Sirius Ch. 92, XM Ch. 195

Weather: Per, it should be a perfect day for football in Dublin. Tomorrow’s high is 62 degrees, with 77% humidity. 0% chance of precipitation at kickoff, but there’s a 20% chance by 4 p.m. local time. The only problem the teams could face is winds up to 19 mph.

Last Time They Met: In front of the first student whiteout of the 2013 season, Blake Bortles and UCF came into Happy Valley and handed Penn State its first loss of the year. Bortles torched an inexpereinced Nittany Lion secondary, throwing for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. Christian Hackenberg threw for 262 yards, and 143 of them were to Allen Robinson.

Injuries: Miles Dieffenbach (knee), Adam Breneman (knee), and Ben Kline (Achilles) are all out for the year for the Nittany Lions.

Media Coverage: @OnwardState and @OnwardStSports will have live tweets and Facebook updates throughout the game. Kevin Horne is in Ireland and will be taking pictures of the sights and sounds throughout the weekend. reporter Ben Jones also made the trip across the pond — you can follow him on Twitter and keep up-to-date with his travel blog here.

A recap of our coverage from throughout the summer, and coverage from, can be found below:

Onward State:

Tell Us What You’re Doing For The UCF Game

What’s The Deal With The Icelandic Volcano?

List of Bars Open For Penn State-UCF Game

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Central Florida

2014 Penn State Football Season Preview

Awful Announcing Predicts College Gameday’s Arrival for Ohio State

Report: Penn State Has a ‘Strong Case’ For Bowl Ban Elimination

Penn State Arrives in Dublin, Safe and Sound

Tailgate Of The Year Searching For The Best Tailgate at Penn State and Beyond

Richy Anderson Transfers To Temple

Your Penn State Pet Can Win You Football Tickets

Ki-Jana Carter To Be Inducted Into Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

Penn State Football Releases First Depth Chart

Penn State Jerseys With Names Being Sent to Ireland

Louis Freeh Reportedly Hospitalized Following Car Accident

ESPN’s Lee Corso Predicts UCF will “Wax” Penn State

Matt McGloin Making Waves During NFL Preseason

Distraction of the Day: Shola Franklin Takes On The Sleds

Icelandic Volcano Threatening Travel for Penn State-UCF

James Franklin Explains Offensive Line Plans, Talks UCF Preparations

Former Penn State Linebacker Tim Shaw Announces he has ALS

Penn State Announces Jay Takach As Next Equipment Manager

Athletic Dept. Cancels Blue Band’s Tailgreat Show

Help Practice the New Blue Bus Arrival Tomorrow

Penn State Receives Five Votes in AP Preseason Poll

Distraction of the Day: Football Season Dawns

All Student-Athletes to Receive iPads for Academic Aid

Nittanyville Weeklong Campout Set for Ohio State

After Roller Coaster Career, Bill Belton Ready For Elite Level

Paul Stecko Donates $1 Million to Penn State Football

Seven Penn State Football Captains Announced; Hackenberg First-Ever Sophomore Captain

Adam Taliaferro, Eric LeGrand Named Honorary Game Captains for Penn State-Rutgers

Wide Receiver Geno Lewis Ready For The Spotlight

Tight End Adam Breneman Out Indefinitely

Michigan to Wear Special Jerseys Against Penn State

A Mentally Tougher Sam Ficken is Ready to Lead by Example

Penn State Announces Support of NCAA Power Conference Autonomy Move

Croke Park Director: Penn State Football Was ‘Rightly’ Punished by NCAA

Penn State Defense Isn’t Scared of Another Transition

Distraction of the Day: Penn State Football, Behind the Scenes

Former Walk-On Ryan Keiser Ready to Become a Leader

Herb Hand Teaches Social Media 101 at Media Day

Things To Watch For As Penn State Begins Training Camp

James Franklin Provides Pre-Training Camp Updates At Media Day

Dan Connor Becomes West Chester Linebackers Coach

Penn State Players Pumped to Play Scarlet Knights

SportsonEarth Pegs Christian Hackenberg No. 36 Player in the Country

James Franklin Impresses at His First Big Ten Media Day

Big Ten Media Days [Live Coverage]

For Ireland, Croke Park Is More Than Just A Stadium

Penn State Players Try Hurling And Gaelic Football With Mixed Results

Some Openers “Pretty Cool” & Others Not So Much for Franklin, Penn State Football

Nittany Lions Wrap Up Practice In Dublin, Set For Saturday’s Meeting With UCF

Injuries, News, Franklin Talks Thompkins And More From Dublin

Penn State Football: Soggy Practice Still A Good One In Franklin’s Eyes

Nittany Lions Land In Dublin And Now It’s Time To Work

Penn State Football: Donovan Happy With Depth at Running Back Position

There And Back Again: Penn State Football Dublin Travel Blog

Penn State Football: James Franklin Radio Show Highlights As Team Preps For Ireland

Countown To Dublin: We’re Going To Ireland!

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Alex Robinson was Onward State's Acting Managing Editor/Resident Old Man. He lived in Harrisburg almost his whole life, but he says he's from California -- where he was born -- because that's more fun. He loves cats and Chinese food, but only separately. He met both Ben Affleck and Kanye West within a half hour, so the three of them are basically best friends. If you want to hear his #scorching #hot #takes, you can follow him at @ARobinsonPSU or email him at [email protected].

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