After Penn State racked up 79 points last week against Idaho (the team’s highest total in a game since scoring 81 points in 1991 against Cincinnati), the Nittany Lions hope to keep up the momentum against the Buffalo Bulls Saturday under the lights at Beaver Stadium.
It’s an unlikely match-up for FOX to put in its prime time national slot. The two teams have played just three times dating back to 1900, when the Nittany Lions lost 10-0. But Penn State holds a 2-1 edge against the Bulls, including a 27-14 win in the second week of the 2015 season, when then-freshman running back Saquon Barkley scored his first touchdown and ran for 115 yards.
According to Penn State football beat reporter Joe Juliano, most teams in the Big Ten schedule at least one Mid-American Conference game a season because they’re a Division 1-A and will offer a good game, but Big Ten teams rarely lose the match-ups. It also helps the MAC schools, because when they go on the road into Big Ten stadiums, they make a lot of money.
In odd-numbered years, Penn State has four homes games within the Big Ten and five away games. The Nittany Lions always play seven games a season at Beaver Stadium, which is why they face three non-conference opponents (Idaho, Buffalo, Pittsburgh) at home to start this year.
In the booth will be longtime sportscaster Tim Brando and former San Francisco 49ers running back Spencer Tillman, in their second year calling college football games on FOX after previously working together for 15 seasons on CBS’s College Football Today.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch and stream Penn State’s game:
When: Saturday, Sept. 7
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park
Time: 7:30 p.m. kickoff
TV: FOX (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey)
Radio: 1210 WPHT via the Penn State Sports Network (Steve Jones, Jack Ham)
Streaming: Fox Sports app (requires cable authentication), fuboTV, Playstation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now (all require a subscription)
Streaming Note: BTN2GO has been discontinued, and the game is not available on BTN+
College Football Extra is scheduled to air on FOX at 7 p.m. (following Colorado-Nebraska), hosted by Rob Stone alongside analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, and Urban Meyer. It’s the group FOX assembled to host its new pre-game show Big Noon Kickoff, an attempt to compete against ESPN’s pre-game juggernaut College Gameday.
Big Noon Kickoff’s debut drew 838,000 viewers, compared to the 1,768,000 viewers ESPN drew for College Gameday (plus 139,000 more for the show’s ESPNU airing).