While the Ohio State Buckeyes faced overtime in Madison, the Penn State Nittany Lions sat on a bye week in preparation for yet another test against a top-5 Big Ten foe. Facing a defense that largely hindered most of Ohio State’s offensive firepower, the Buckeyes ultimately managed to make plays when they counted and score a second-half win behind the leadership of J.T. Barrett. The defense was stout, nabbing a crucial interception late in the third quarter. Though it certainly wasn’t pretty at times, Ohio State stayed undefeated at 6-0.
On the flip side, after opening conference play with a 39-point loss to Michigan, the Nittany Lions have bounced back with wins over Minnesota and Maryland to round out to a respectable 4-2 on the season under head coach James Franklin. Running back Saquon Barkley is coming off a season-high 202 yard performance against Maryland, and sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for three touchdowns in one of his best games of the year.
And while the score against the Wolverines might lead Ohio State fans into a false sense of security, the Buckeyes will face Penn State in primetime during a whiteout at Beaver Stadium.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Location: University Park, PA
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
The College Gameday crew is headed back to the SEC to watch No. 1 Alabama face No. 6 Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa. This is the 13th time that Gameday has aired from Alabama, but the first time the show has visited the site of an Alabama game this season.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
With all 14 teams in action today, the Big Ten opens play with a trio of noon games between No. 10 Wisconsin and Iowa (ESPN); Rutgers and Minnesota (ESPNU); and Indiana and Northwestern (BTN). At 3:30, Illinois faces No. 3, Michigan in Ann Arbor on BTN, while Purdue takes on No. 8 Nebraska on ABC. Finally, Michigan State plays Maryland in the Big Ten’s other night game on BTN.
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