Once again, Penn State and Ohio State will face off under the lights.
What was long assumed was made official on Monday as the Big Ten’s TV partners set their schedules for Week 5, setting kickoff for the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Beaver Stadium. ABC will carry the broadcast.
It will be the fourth straight time Ohio State’s trip to Happy Valley will be played in prime time. Penn State won 24-21 in 2016, sealing the upset on Grant Haley’s return of Marcus Allen’s blocked field for a touchdown. The Lions led the eventual national champion Buckeyes in overtime of the 2014 game before Ohio State scored two touchdowns and won 31-24 in double overtime. And Ohio State shook off an early Lions special teams score in 2012 to win 35-23.
The Buckeyes were heavy favorites in those three meetings. This year, Ohio State sits at No. 4 and Penn State is tied for No. 10 in the latest AP poll with the Lions opening Big Ten play Friday night at Illinois. The Buckeyes will host Tulane on Saturday as coach Urban Meyer returns to the sideline after a three-game suspension for his handling of domestic violence allegations against one of his former assistants.
Meyer and Ohio State posted a big fourth-quarter rally to beat the Lions 39-38 last season in Columbus. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 18-14.