PENN STATE (5-2; 3-0 Big Ten) vs.
OHIO STATE (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten)
SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012, 5:30 p.m. ET • ESPN
BEAVER STADIUM (106,572) • UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.
Leaders Division Front Runners Meet in primetime on ESPN
Sean McDonough (p-by-p), Chris Spielman (analyst), Quint Kessenich (sideline)
TV APPEARANCES: The Nittany Lions are appearing on television for the 224th time in their last 226 games.
RADIO: Penn State Sports Network (60 stations): Steve Jones (p-by-p), Jack Ham (analyst), Loren Crispell (sideline). Sirius: Ch. 136; XM: Ch. 191.
Local: 93.7 FM & 1450 AM.
Ohio State Radio Network: Paul Keels (p-by-p), Jim Lachey (analyst), Marty Bannister (sideline).
Compass Media Networks: Gregg Daniels and Dale Hellestrae
WEB: Gametracker & Audio at: GoPSUsports.com
SERIES: This is the 28th meeting between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes since first meeting in 1912. Ohio State leads the series, 14-8 (5 wins vacated by PSU). The teams have met 19 times as Big Ten foes and will next meet on Oct. 26, 2013 in Ohio Stadium.
Bill O’Brien: PENN STATE RECORD: 5-2, 1st year
OVERALL RECORD: Same
VS. OHIO STATE: First Meeting
NOTABLE: Named Penn State’s 15th head football coach on Jan. 6, 2012…Former New England Patriots offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick…Coached NFL MVP Tom Brady from 2009-11…Won first career game vs. Navy on Sept. 15, 2012.
OHIO STATE RECORD: 8-0, 1st year
OVERALL RECORD: 112-23, 11th year
Penn State enters its clash with No. 9 Ohio State on a five-game winning streak as the top two teams in the Big Ten Leaders Division will battle on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium. Penn State and Ohio State are two of just three undefeated teams in Big Ten Conference play (Michigan) after the Buckeyes defeated Purdue in overtime, 29-22, and the Nittany Lions thumped Iowa on the road, 38-14, last weekend. Penn State is among 17 teams in the country with an active winning streak of five games or more, while the Buckeyes are one of 11 undefeated teams and the nation’s only 8-0 team. Something will have to give on Saturday when the Big Ten’s second-ranked scoring defense squares off with its second ranked scoring offense. Penn State is allowing just 15.7 points and 322 yards per contest, while the Buckeyes score 39.0 points and pile up almost 440 yards a game. Matt McGloin leads the Big Ten in passing with 255 ypg and Allen Robinson is tops in the conference with 47 receptions. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller ranks second in total offense (292 ypg) and is tied for third with teammate Carlos Hyde in touchdowns scored in the Big Ten. All fans are encouraged to wear white for an all-stadium Penn State WhiteOut.