No. 4 Penn State looks to keep its winning ways alive as the Nittany Lions travel to Minnesota to take on the undefeated No. 17 Golden Gophers in front of a full house at TCF Stadium — the team’s first sellout in nearly four years.
Earlier this week, the College Football Playoff committee ranked Penn State No. 4 overall, placing the Nittany Lions within the four-team playoff for the first time. Unfortunately, Selection Day isn’t until Dec. 8, and as head coach James Franklin told reporters earlier this week, “middle-of-the-season rankings mean nothing.”
“At the end of the season, people will count up where we’re at and where they have us and tell us where we’re going to go and we’ll be excited about going there,” Franklin said.
Franklin may have pumped the brakes a bit over the high ranking, but he also created some interesting buzz Thursday night, when he hinted about a new mystery recruit on his weekly radio show.
“We got another commitment [Wednesday] night," Franklin said, unable to mention the player’s name due to NCAA rules. “You guys don’t know about it, nobody really does, but you’ll find out probably on Monday.”
As of Friday, the Nittany Lions have 27 Class of 2020 commits and three Class of 2021 commits, according to PennLive’s Greg Pickel.
A new player wasn’t the only new addition Franklin touted. On Twitter, he shared pictures of some new kicks and gear sent his way by former Penn State standout and current New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch and stream the game:
When: Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
TV: ABC (Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
Radio: 1210 WPHT via the Penn State Sports Network (Steve Jones, Jack Ham)
Streaming: Watch ABC app (requires cable authentication), fuboTV (free 7-day trial), Playstation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Sling TV (all require a subscription)
ESPN’s College GameDay is Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. this weekend for a showdown between No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama, which will go a long way in determining the final College Football Playoff field. The three-hour pregame show starts 9 a.m., hosted by Rece Davis alongside analysts Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, and Kirk Herbstreit.