Of the 30 meetings between Iowa and Penn State all-time, this weekend’s iteration is perhaps the most historic given where the two programs currently rank nationally.
This year marks the first since 2015 when Iowa’s been ranked inside the top-10 and the No. 3 ranking in front of the Hawkeyes is their highest since Week 13 of the same season. No. 4 Penn State meanwhile, has been ranked as high as No. 2 under coach James Franklin, and are no strangers to the top-five.
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But it’s the juncture at which this game is taking place that makes it particularly special.
Stat from @ralphDrussoAP: When No. 4 Penn State visits No. 3 Iowa Saturday, it will be the first top-five game between Big Ten teams not involving Ohio State since No. 4 Michigan beat No. 2 Penn State 34-8 in 1997.https://t.co/fcdA1d6Ae9
— Mike Foss (@MikeFossWXYZ) October 4, 2021
Eliminate Michigan from the above equation, and the matchup gets even more historic.
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The two programs’ defenses are playing at a high level as well. Iowa and Penn State rank second and third, respectively, in fewest points allowed per game behind only Georgia. The Hawkeyes also lead the nation in interceptions with 12 and rank fifth in the Big Ten in sacks.
Penn State, meanwhile, is one of the better offensive teams in the Big Ten as well, with quarterback Sean Clifford ranking third in the conference in both passing yards and touchdowns. The Nittany Lions are also one of the hottest teams in college football, currently on 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.
What channel is Penn State vs. Iowa on today?
- TV channel: Fox
- Streaming: Fox Sports App, fuboTV
Penn State vs. Wisconsin will air live on Fox starting at 4 p.m. ET. You can stream the game live online with the Fox Sports App or on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
Gus Johnson will man play-by-play duties while Joel Klatt will serve as the color commentator and Jenny Taft will report from the sidelines.
Penn State vs. Wisconsin start time
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 9
- Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. CT
The game will kick off at 4 p.m. ET from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The last time the two teams faced off in Kinnick, Penn State won 17-12.
Penn State schedule 2021
|1||@ Wisconsin||Sept. 4|
|2||vs. Ball State||Sept. 11|
|3||vs. Auburn||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Villanova||Sept. 25|
|5||vs. Indiana||Oct. 2|
|6||@ Iowa||Oct. 9|
|7||vs. Illinois||Oct. 23|
|8||@ Ohio State||Oct. 30|
|9||@ Maryland||Nov. 6|
|10||vs. Michigan||Nov. 13|
|11||vs. Rutgers||Nov. 20|
|12||@ Michigan State||Nov. 27|
Iowa schedule 2021
|1||vs. Indiana||Sept. 4|
|2||@ Iowa State||Sept. 11|
|3||vs. Kent State||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Colorado State||Sept. 25|
|5||@ Maryland||Oct. 1|
|6||vs. Penn State||Oct. 9|
|7||vs. Purdue||Oct. 16|
|8||@ Wisconsin||Oct. 30|
|9||@ Northwestern||Nov. 6|
|10||vs. Minnesota||Nov. 13|
|11||vs. Illinois||Nov. 20|
|12||@ Nebraska||Nov. 27|