Penn State Whiteout vs. Michigan To Kickoff At Noon
For the first time in its nine-season history, the full-stadium Whiteout will occur during a noon game.
The Big Ten announced around midnight Sunday morning that Penn State’s matchup against Michigan will kick off at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationwide on ABC.
This will be the first ever daytime full-stadium Whiteout in its brief history. Since its inception in 2007, the earliest time a Whiteout had been scheduled for previously was in 2011, when the Penn State-Alabama game kicked off at 3:30 p.m. Every other Whiteout has either been at 5 p.m. (2013, Michigan), 5:30 p.m. (2012, Ohio State), 6 p.m. (2007, Notre Dame), or 8 p.m. (2008, Illinois; 2009, Iowa; 2014, Ohio State).
Michigan has had an extremely solid season in its first year under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines are 8-2, and are currently ranked No. 15 in the country as of publishing time (expect that number to change on Tuesday, when the Playoff committee releases its weekly rankings.) The team lost to Utah in its opener, but rallied to win five straight games in dominant fashion, allowing 14 total points over that span and pitching three straight shutouts. Harbaugh’s crew then dropped an absolute heartbreaker at home to No. 7 Michigan State, but has won three straight since. Michigan beat Indiana in Bloomington 48-41 in double overtime on Saturday after scoring a touchdown to tie it with two seconds left in regulation.
Penn State has split its last two meetings with Michigan. The Nittany Lions won 43-40 in four overtimes the last time the two teams met in Beaver Stadium in 2013, but the Wolverines avenged their loss last season and snapped a four-game losing stream by winning 18-13 in the Big House.