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Gameday Coverage: No. 8 Penn State vs. Indiana

No. 8 Penn State football will finally open the 2020 season against Indiana at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

After one of the strangest and most convoluted offseasons ever, the Nittany Lions are back in action. Penn State played its last game 301 days ago in the Cotton Bowl Classic, securing a solid 53-39 victory over Memphis.

Here’s everything you need to know for the Nittany Lions’ season opener.

Television

Saturday’s showdown will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be broadcast on FS1. Aaron Goldsmith will be on the play-by-play call, while Mark Helfrich will handle color commentary

Radio

Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones and Jack Ham
Local: 93.7 FM/1450 AM, Sirius XM: Ch. 81

Weather

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful day for football in Bloomington, likely being in the mid-to-high 50s around kickoff. There will be light cloud coverage throughout the game but no rain is expected, according to Accuweather.

Last Meeting

The last time these two teams met was a little too close for comfort for the Nittany Lions. However, a strong performance from Penn State’s running attack was able to power the team to a 34-27 victory at Beaver Stadium last year. The Nittany Lions secured the victory with a cutthroat 18-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that lasted more than nine minutes.

Although the Hoosiers always seem to give Penn State some trouble, the Nittany Lions boast an impressive 22-1 series lead over Indiana. The Hoosiers’ only win came in 2013.

Injuries/Suspensions

James Franklin and the Nittany Lions like to play their injury cards close to their chest, so we don’t know much about who’s active and who’s not heading into the game. The depth chart doesn’t reflect any major injuries besides Journey Brown, who will miss an indefinite amount of time due to an undisclosed medical issue.

The Hoosiers are in the same boat and notably will have quarterback Michael Penix Jr. returning from last year’s season-ending injury.

Regarding the coronavirus, we won’t know until kickoff if anyone has tested positive. Franklin said he has anxiety about gameday-morning tests potentially coming back as false positives and barring someone from playing.

Betting Lines

Penn State is predicted to beat the Hoosiers by 6.5 points, according to Oddsshark. The over-under for the matchup is set at 62 points — seven points higher than the last time these two teams met.

Media Coverage

Onward State will have you covered throughout today’s game. You can find big plays, photos, analysis, and more on our main @OnwardState Twitter account and Facebook page, and we’ll also provide play-by-play commentary from @OnwardStSports.

Football writers Will Pegler (@gritdude), Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9), and Gabe Angieri (@gabeangieri) will provide coverage throughout the game.

Onward State

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a redshirt senior majoring in business and journalism from "Philadelphia" and mostly writes about football nowadays. You can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9 or say hi via email at [email protected]

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