The Big Ten clash between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State at the Beaver Stadium in University Park, is the featured game in Week 9 of the college football today schedule.
HOW TO WATCH LIVE
Kick-off time for this in a prime time Big Ten East Division showdown is slated for 7:30 PM ET, and ABC will broadcast the game with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor on the call. WatchESPN.com will stream the action live for the viewers on the go.
After Big Ten play was delayed because the COVID-19 pandemic, action in the conference finally got underway last week, but Ohio State and Penn State had contrasting results.
The Buckeyes picked up from a slow start to roll over Nebraska, 52-17, while the Nittany Lions were stunned 36-36 in overtime by Indiana.
Heisman Trophy finalist Justin Fields, who was near perfect last week, returned to the field with three total touchdowns, including two in the air for 276 yards, while running for a team-high 54 yards last week.
Garrett Wilson was also a major contributor with seven catches for 129 yards, Chris Olave took six catches for 104 yards and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had the catch of the day for a score as well.
Master Teague III ran for two touchdowns for Ohio State, which balanced it offense with 276 yards in the air and 215 on the ground.
Meanwhile, Penn State had a setback to the start of its season after losing to Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers secured its first win over a top-10 opponent in 33 years with a wild sequence that ended with a controversial 2-point conversion in overtime.
Penn State, which slipped 10 places in The Associated Press Top 25 rankings after the defeat, will be hoping to bounce back quickly this weekend, but it is expected to be a challenging game.
In fact, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Ohio State enters with a 79.0% chance to win this game, but Penn State is poised to shine on defense with rushers Shaka Toney and Jayson Oweh, who were impressive in the defeat to Indiana, hoping to unsettle Field.
Last time out, Sean Clifford went 24 of 35 for 238 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two picks. He must take care of the ball against the Buckeyes.
Saturday will be the 36th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Penn State and the 27th since the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten in 1993.
Heading into this game, the Buckeyes lead the overall series 20-14 and are 8-6 in games played in State College.
OTHER BIG TEN GAMES
Elsewhere in Big Ten action, Indiana, which is ranked No. 17 in the latest poll, visits Rutgers, which upset Michigan State last week.
No. 13 Michigan goes for back-to-back to victories against rival Michigan State, Purdue is at Illinois, Iowa plays host to Northwestern, the game between No. 9 Wisconsin and Nebraska has been canceled.
Friday’s Big Ten game will come from the Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in College Park, where the Terrapins will host Minnesota at 7:30 pm ET, live on ESPN and WatchESPN.com.
COMPLETE BIG TEN FOOTBALL TODAY SCHEDULE
Friday, October 30
Matchup Time (ET) TV Channels and Streams
Minnesota at Maryland 7:30pm ESPN
Saturday, October 31
Michigan State at No. 13 Michigan 12:00pm FOX
Purdue at Illinois 12:00pm BTN
Northwestern at Iowa 3:30pm ESPN
17 Indiana at Rutgers 3:30pm FS1
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State 7:30pm ABC