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Gameday Coverage: No. 4 Penn State vs. No. 3 Iowa

Welcome to Penn State football’s first top-five regular-season matchup of this century.

No. 4 Penn State football (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) is set to take on No. 3 Iowa (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) in a marquee conference showdown. It’s safe to say major Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff implications will be on the line at Kinnick Stadium.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Nittany Lions’ biggest game of the year up to this point.


The game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on FOX. Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will be on the call, while Jenny Taft will provide additional reporting from the sideline.


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It’ll be in the low 80s at kickoff time in Iowa City, according to Accuweather. Don’t expect any rain to fall during the game, but look out for wind gusts up to 24 mph. Humidity will be a slight 52% at game time.

Last Meeting

Things got ugly last time these two teams squared off. Will Levis started in place of a struggling Sean Clifford, but he was eventually replaced by Clifford en route to a 41-21 defeat. Penn State’s running backs combined for 16 yards.

The Nittany Lions hold a 17-13 edge over Iowa in the all-time series. James Franklin is 4-1 against the Hawkeyes.


Since Penn State typically only reports season-ending injuries, we only know that defensive linemen Adisa Isaac and Hakeem Beamon will miss Saturday’s matchup. Isaac sustained an injury over the offseason and likely won’t be healthy during the 2021 season, while James Franklin announced that Beamon will be unavailable all year.

Regarding the coronavirus, we won’t know until kickoff if anyone has tested positive.

Betting Lines

Iowa is a 1.5-point favorite in this one, according to Oddsshark. The over/under is set at 41 points and both teams are 4-1 against the spread this season.

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 Gabe Angieri (@gabeangieri), Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9), and Will Pegler (@gritdude) will have you covered from inside of Kinnick Stadium.

Photographer Samuel Brungo (@samuelbrungo) will provide visual updates from the field as well.

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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