2019 College Football Schedule: Where to Watch Penn State vs. Iowa, TV Channel, Live Stream and Odds

Of the eight teams involved in the four Top 25-ranked matchups scheduled for this weekend, few have flown under the radar as much as Penn State.

The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 10 and travel to Iowa City to face the No. 17 ranked Hawkeyes on Saturday night with a legitimate shot at improving their record for the season to 6-0.

Throughout the season, whenever the top teams in the country have been discussed, Penn State has regularly been overlooked. Admittedly, it is hard for the Nittany Lions to stand out as they share not only the same conference but the same division with Ohio State, who has raced to 6-0 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Beating a fellow Top 25-ranked team, however, would force rivals and pundits to sit up and take notice and Penn State has the chance to make a major statement of intent on Saturday night.

Not that beating Iowa is a straightforward affair. The Nittany Lions may have won the last five games against the Hawkeyes, but both of the last two meetings went down to the wire.

Two years ago, Penn State won on the road thanks to Juwan Johnson's touchdown on the final play of the game, while last season it needed a late interception to secure a 30-24 win at home.

The Nittany Lions, however, arrive in Iowa City as 3.5-point favorite, largely because of their dominant defense. Penn State has conceded just 7.4 points per game this season—second best in the FBS—and racked up a staggering 10 sacks in its 35-7 win over Purdue last week.

The figure is a major alarm bell for Iowa and not just because the Nittany Lions lead the nation in sacks and tackles for loss.

Last week, Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley was sacked eight times as the offensive line repeatedly crumbled in front of him during Iowa's 10-3 defeat on the road agains No. 16 Michigan.

Stanley, however, suggested Iowa was relishing the prospect of facing such a dominant defensive unit.

''I think that's honestly the best thing that can happen for us,'' the senior signal caller, who has thrown for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

''We know these guys are a great defense, tops in the nation in a lot of statistical categories. We know that there's no time to feel sorry for us, that we have to get back on the horse and prepare and get ready to play.''

Against Michigan, Iowa failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season, but lost 65 yards to sacks and gave away eight penalties for a combined 60 yards.

The loss left Iowa at 4-1 and saw the Hawkeyes drop from 14 to 17 in the rankings and coach Kirk Ferentz admitted his team would have to cut down mistakes against Penn State.

''Penn State has got great athletes and they play hard and can be very disruptive, too," he said.

"We are going to have to hopefully have a little tighter plan maybe and be a little bit tighter with our technique and a little better, more cohesive in our play.''

Here's all you need to know ahead of Saturday.

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Nate Wieting #39 of the Iowa Hawkeyes recovers a fumble against Jan Johnson #36 of the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 27, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Justin K. Aller/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Iowa Hawkeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, October 12.

Kick-off is scheduled 6:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. ET).

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ABC's digital platforms.

Series record

Penn State holds a slight edge over Iowa, having won 16 of the 28 meetings between the two programs.

The Nittany Lions have won the last five games against Iowa, defeating Hawkeyes 30-24 last year.


According to BetOnline, Penn State is a 3.5-point favorite and is 89/100 to win and cover the spread, while Iowa is an 8/5 outsider. The over/under bar in terms of total points scored is set at 41.5.

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