Of the 30 Iowa-Penn State encounters of all time, this weekend’s iteration is perhaps the most historic of where the two programs currently rank nationally.
This year marks the first time since 2015, when Iowa is in the top-10 and No. 3 for the Hawkeyes is their highest since Week 13 of the same season. Number 4 Penn State, meanwhile, ranks as high as number 2 under coach James Franklin and is no stranger to the top five.
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But it’s the moment this game takes place that makes it particularly special.
Statistics of @ralphDrussoAP: When No. 4 Penn State visits No. 3 Iowa on Saturday, it will be the first top-five game between Big Ten teams that Ohio State has not been involved in since No. 4 Michigan in 1997 No. 2 Penn State 34-8 defeated.https://t.co/fcdA1d6Ae9
— Mike Foss (@MikeFossWXYZ) October 4, 2021
Eliminate Michigan from the above equation and the matchup becomes even more historic.
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The defenses of both programs also play at a high level. Iowa and Penn State are respectively in second and third place with the fewest points allowed per game, behind Georgia. The Hawkeyes also lead the nation in interceptions with 12 and are fifth in the Big Ten in sacks.
Penn State, meanwhile, is also one of the better offensive teams in the Big Ten, with quarterback Sean Clifford finishing third in the conference in both passing yards and touchdowns. The Nittany Lions are also one of the hottest teams in college football, currently with a nine-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch this top 5 Big Ten showdown during week 6 of the college football season.
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What channel is Penn State vs. Iowa today?
- TV channel: Fox
- Stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV
Penn State vs. Wisconsin airs live on Fox from 4 p.m. ET. You can stream the game live online using the Fox Sports app or on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Gus Johnson will perform play-by-play duties, while Joel Klatt will serve as the color commentator and Jenny Taft will report from the sidelines.
Start time Penn State vs. Wisconsin
- Date: Saturday 9 Oct.
- Kick-off: 4 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. CT
The game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The last time the two teams faced each other in Kinnick, Penn State won 17-12.
Penn State Schedule 2021
|1||@ Wisconsin||September 4|
|2||vs. Ball status||September 11|
|3||vs. maroon||September 18th|
|4||vs. Villanova||September 25|
|5||vs. Indiana||October 2nd|
|6||@ Iowa||9 Oct|
|7||vs. Illinois||Oct 23|
|8||@ Ohio State||Oct 30|
|9||@ Maryland||Nov 6|
|10||vs. Michigan||Nov 13|
|11||vs. Rutgers||November 20th|
|12||@ Michigan State||November 27|
Iowa schedule 2021
|1||vs. Indiana||September 4|
|2||@ Iowa State||September 11|
|3||vs. the state of Kent||September 18th|
|4||vs. the state of Colorado||September 25|
|5||@ Maryland||October 1|
|6||vs. Penn State||9 Oct|
|7||vs. Purdue||Oct 16|
|8||@ Wisconsin||Oct 30|
|9||@ Northwest||Nov 6|
|10||vs. Minnesota||Nov 13|
|11||vs. Illinois||November 20th|
|12||@ Nebraska||November 27|