The time has come, people. What could be called our first real test since the loss to Virginia Tech is upon us. After four weeks of putting up video game numbers against our opponents, the Buckeyes now travel to Happy Valley to take on the 4-2 Nittany Lions (1-2 in Big Ten play). While Penn State may not be having the best of seasons so far, anyone who knows anything about Big Ten football should assume that the Nittany Lions will come out and play tough against the Buckeyes. It's one of those pseudo-rivalries, though Penn State fans typically view is more that way than Ohio State fans. Let's look at how to enjoy the game from wherever you happen to be located tomorrow evening, as well as other games to watch.
First off, is a Nittany Lion a real thing?
Not really, no. There were mountain lions that lived on nearby Mount Nittany until the 1880s, and there were rumors of mountain lions roaming around campus. One day, Penn State was embarrassed that they didn't have a mascot, so they made one up on the spot. That mascot was the Nittany Lion, and it has been around ever since.
What time is the game? And where is it?
The Buckeyes will be on the road this week. We will travel to Penn State to play our second game of the season under the lights. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET.
How can I watch if I'm not there?
The game will be broadcast on ABC. It will also be available to stream online via Watch ABC, though the live stream service is not available in all areas. If you plan on watching online, check ahead of time to make sure the service will be an option for you. (If you go the the main Watch ABC website, you will be able to check its availability right at the top of the page.) The TV crew this week will consist of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe. As always, the game will also be broadcast on 97.1 FM The Fan and other stations in the Ohio State radio network.
This sounds like it could be a big game. Will GameDay be there?
Sadly, no. There apparently isn't a big enough temptation of action here for the folks at GameDay. Either that or they just don't like having to wear jackets. Corso, Herbstreit, and the gang will be in Baton Rouge, where No. 24 LSU will host No. 3 Ole Miss. The longer they put off coming to the Big Ten, the colder it's going to get. That game kicks off at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN. Ole Miss is one of the few remaining undefeated teams, while LSU already has two losses, both from conference opponents. This should be a game worth watching. Be sure to check it out (while the Buckeyes are on commercial breaks, of course).
Where can I find the rest of the Big Ten today?
At noon, you can choose between Maryland at Wisconsin, Minnesota at Illinois (whom we play next week), and Rutgers at Nebraska. At 3:30 p.m., you'll want to check out the famed in-state rivalry game of Michigan at Michigan State. We may not give a damn for the whole state, but this should still be worth watching. The Wolverines currently have a losing record and will fight hard to change that, while Sparty is looking to win the conference. More importantly, both of these teams still await us on our schedule.
If you have any questions you'd like answered for next week, ask them in the comments or tweet them to me. Otherwise, check out the chart below for all of this week's games and start times.
|Sat, Oct. 25, 2014||Time (ET)||TV|
|UAB @ Arkansas||12:00 PM||SECN|
|Minnesota @ Illinois||12:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Texas @ (11) Kansas State||12:00 PM||ESPN|
|Rutgers @ (16) Nebraska||12:00 PM||ESPN2|
|Maryland @ Wisconsin||12:00 PM||BTN/BTN2|
|North Texas @ Rice||12:00 PM||FSN|
|Memphis @ Southern Methodist||12:00 PM||ESPNN|
|North Carolina @ Virginia||12:30 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|San Jose State @ Navy||1:00 PM||CBSS|
|Northern Illinois @ Eastern Michigan||1:00 PM||ESPN3|
|(25) UCLA @ Colorado||2:00 PM||PACN|
|Akron @ Ball State||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Massachusetts @ Toledo||2:00 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|Ohio @ Western Michigan||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Georgia Southern @ Georgia State||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Kent State @ Miami (OH)||2:30 PM||ESPN3|
|(1) Mississippi State @ Kentucky||3:30 PM||CBS|
|Michigan @ (8) Michigan State||3:30 PM||ABC/ESPN3|
|Georgia Tech @ Pittsburgh||3:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Boston College @ Wake Forest||3:30 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|(22) West Virginia @ Oklahoma State||3:30 PM||ESPN|
|Texas Tech @ (10) TCU||3:30 PM||FOX|
|Oregon State @ Stanford||3:30 PM||ESPN2|
|Florida Atlantic @ (23) Marshall||3:30 PM||FS1|
|Louisiana Tech @ Southern Miss||3:30 PM||AMSN|
|Central Michigan @ Buffalo||3:30 PM||ESPN3|
|Vanderbilt @ Missouri||4:00 PM||SECN|
|Old Dominion @ Western Kentucky||4:00 PM|
|UNLV @ Utah State||4:00 PM||ESPNN|
|Temple @ UCF||5:00 PM||CBSS|
|(15) Arizona @ Washington State||6:00 PM||PACN|
|Syracuse @ (21) Clemson||7:00 PM||ESPNU|
|UTEP @ Texas-San Antonio||7:00 PM||AMSN|
|Wyoming @ Colorado State||7:00 PM||ROOT|
|Texas State @ Louisiana-Monroe||7:00 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|(3) Mississippi @ (24) LSU||7:15 PM||ESPN|
|(4) Alabama @ Tennessee||7:30 PM||ESPN2|
|South Carolina @ (5) Auburn||7:30 PM||SECN|
|(13) Ohio State @ Penn State||8:00 PM||ABC|
|(20) USC @ (19) Utah||10:00 PM||FS1|
|(14) Arizona State @ Washington||10:45 PM||ESPN|
|Nevada @ Hawaii||11:59 PM||OCPV|