IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa and Penn State haven’t played since 2012, but they’re going to get a healthy dose of each other over the next four years. And this time, the rivalry renews with the Nittany Lions knocking on the door of the top 10.
The teams, who are on each other’s schedules annually through 2019, will take the Beaver Stadium field on Saturday night with Penn State (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) ranked No. 12 and a touchdown favorite over the Hawkeyes (5-3, 3-2). It is the 26th meeting between the teams with Penn State leading 13-12. The Nittany Lions have won the last two, but Iowa has won eight of the previous 11 meetings.
Both teams are one game behind their divisional leader with three games remaining after tonight.
Iowa vs. Penn State game time, details
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Time: 7:42 p.m. kickoff (ET)/6:42 p.m. (CT)
Location: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
Weather: 50 degrees and cloudless at kickoff
The line: Penn State is a 7.5-point favorite
What TV channel is Iowa vs. Penn State on?
Big Ten Network will televise the 26th meeting between the teams. Find our what channel the Big Ten Network is in your area here.
How can I watch Iowa vs. Penn State online?
BTN.com and the BTN2GO app will provide live streaming of the game. Click here for a direct link.
How can I listen to Iowa vs. Penn State on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius channel 135 and XM channel 195. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. Click here for Penn State radio affiliates.
Who is calling the game for BTN?
Kevin Kugler handles the play-by-play, Matt Millen provides the color and Lisa Byington adds flavor as the sideline reporter.
Iowa vs. Penn State keys to the game
Can Iowa pass effectively in the second half?
Quarterback C.J. Beathard has posted decent numbers in the first half of games but those statistics take a dip after halftime. Beathard has completed just 32 of 61 passes (52 percent) for 316 yards in the second half of Iowa’s five Big Ten games. He’s thrown only 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in that span as well. Compared to his first-half numbers (43 of 70, 485 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT), Beathard and his offensive coaches need to shake those tendencies in the third and fourth quarters.
Can the Hawkeyes slow Penn State after halftime?
During its four-game winning streak, Penn State has outscored its opponents 99-20 after halftime. Conversely, Iowa has been outscored 66-38 in the second half of its last four games. Iowa has led every opponent but one at halftime (Wisconsin led 7-6). Containing Penn State’s offense while producing points of its own needs to be Iowa’s focus.
Special teams on display
Penn State has turned four special teams plays into key elements of its last two victories. Against Ohio State, the Nittany Lions blocked a punt that led to a field goal and then blocked a field goal that turned into the game-winning touchdown. At Purdue, Penn State also recovered a muffed punt and kept the Boilermakers from recovering a surprise onside kick.
Iowa’s Desmond King leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally at 32.0 yards per kickoff return. Collectively, Iowa is sixth at 27.8 per return.