Iowa and Penn State football face off in a big matchup at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Both teams are unbeaten at 3-0 and meet in Iowa City for the first time in 5 years. The teams played last fall at State College, and the Nittany Lions won 41-14. Penn State is ranked No. 4 while Iowa is receiving votes.
Expect a fiercely fought and spirited encounter in front of a crowd striped black or gold by the section.
Iowa-Penn State game time, details
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT kickoff
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Weather: 87 degrees and sunny at kickoff
The line: Penn State -12.5
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Penn State?
The Iowa-Penn State game will be on ABC.
How can I watch Iowa-Penn State online?
Iowa and Penn State can be watched online through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Penn State on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 81. For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Penn State, 1450 AM (WQWK-State College) and 93.7 FM (WBUS-State College ) are the flagship affiliates. Steve Jones provides the play-by-play with Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Ham adding analysis. Derrick Williams is the sideline reporter. Click here for other Penn State affiliates.
The TuneIn app provides radio coverage.
Who is calling the game for ABC?
Chris Fowler handles the play-by-play, Kirk Herbstreit provides the color and Maria Taylor patrols the sidelines.
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Iowa-Penn State preview
IOWA CITY, Iowa — When the 2017 schedule was announced in 2013, this game was supposed to take place on Oct. 14.
Both teams chose to move it up 3 weeks to ensure a mid-season bye. And now the Big Ten — and the college football universe — will be given the nation’s best game this week.
The No. 4 Nittany Lions (3-0) face unbeaten Iowa (3-0) at Kinnick Stadium. It’s got the elements of a compelling game for a number of reasons. Penn State won the Big Ten championship last year and toasted Iowa 41-14 while doing so. The Hawkeyes rebounded the following week in a night home game to upset No. 3-ranked Michigan 14-13.
The last time Penn State traveled to Iowa City was 2012, and nobody connected with the Nittany Lions attended that game in person. Coincidentally, the schools are considered permanent Big Ten crossover opponents through 2021.
“The downside is I’m from Pennsylvania, so I get hit for tickets when we go out there,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “That’s a downside there.”
Penn State leads the series 14-12, but Iowa leads 9-8 as Big Ten foes. From 2000 through 2010, the Hawkeyes won 8 of 9 games against the Nittany Lions, but Penn State has won the last 3.
It’s a game that generates significant attention from television executives. For the fourth time since 2008, ABC will broadcast the game under the lights. Four of the last 5 meetings have taken place in primetime.
There’s also been some epic encounters. In 1004, a day after Ferentz buried his father in Pittsburgh, the Hawkeyes beat Penn State 6-4. In 2008, Iowa upset No. 3-ranked and 9-0 Penn State 24-23 on a last-second field goal. The following year, Hawkeyes defensive end Adrian Clayborn blocked a punt and scooped it up for a touchdown in a 21-10 pounding of the No. 5 Nittany Lions. The last two meetings, however, Penn State shellshocked the Hawkeyes by a combined score of 79-28.
From 2002 through 2010, Iowa beat a ranked Penn State squad four straight times. That streak ended last year.
“I’ve never been there,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “I want to educate our players. I want to educate myself on what to expect. I’ve talked to a lot of people. I’ve called a lot of people. I’ve asked a lot of questions. That place is going to be rocking Saturday night. Their sidelines are very tight. Their fans are going to be right up against you. We want to get our players prepared for that.
“We’ve got to get ready for the noise. You know, we’ll be trying to replicate their band and whatever songs they play in the stadium and try to get our guys ready for that for our first road game this year.”