Gameday Coverage: No. 20 Penn State vs. No. 5 Ohio State

This is the big one, folks.

No. 20 Penn State football (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) is traveling to Columbus to take on No. 5 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten). After a historically bad loss to Illinois, the Nittany Lions will need to take down the Buckeyes to keep any sort of postseason dreams alive.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s prime-time matchup at the Horseshoe.


The game is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ABC. The classic duo of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be on the call.


Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones, Jack Ham, and Brian Tripp
Local: 99.5 & 103.7 FM/1450 AM, Sirius/XM/Internet: 83/83/83


It’ll be in the low 50s in Columbus around kickoff and there’s a 50/50 shot of rain throughout the game, according to Accuweather. With gusts as high as 15 mph, wind could certainly be a factor.

Last Meeting

These two teams last met in an empty Beaver Stadium during the 2020 season. Ohio State easily took care of Penn State, 38-25, behind 318 yards and four passing touchdowns from Justin Fields.

The Buckeyes hold a 21-14 all-time series lead over the Nittany Lions dating back to 1912. James Franklin is 1-6 against Ohio State.


Since Penn State typically only reports season-ending injuries, we only know that defensive linemen Adisa Isaac, Hakeem Beamon, and PJ Mustipher will miss Saturday’s matchup. James Franklin announced during the bye week the injury Mustipher sustained against Iowa is season-ending.

Sean Clifford returned to play against Illinois, although he clearly wasn’t his usual self. Franklin said the quarterback will be back to 100% against the Buckeyes.

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

Betting Lines

Penn State is 19.5-point underdog in this one, according to Oddsshark. The over/under is set at 61, which is the Nittany Lions’ highest points total of the year.

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 Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9) and Will Pegler (@gritdude) will have you covered from Ohio Stadium.

Photographer Mira DiBattiste (@miraniicole) will provide visual updates from the field as well.

Onward State

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About the Author

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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