Michigan-Penn State start time, TV assignment announced

Right now, there are few ties in college football as close as the FOX Noon broadcast squad’s connection to the Michigan soccer team.

In what will most likely be a battle of undefeated top-10 teams, the kickoff time and televised delegation for Wolverines’ Oct. 15 game against Penn State was announced on Monday. For the fourth consecutive week, Michigan will play in FOX’s Noon window and once again be one of the participating teams in the channel’s national pregame show Big Noon Kickoff.

However, the Wolverines’ matchup against the Nittany Lions will have more juice than the previous three games. Penn State, which will enjoy a farewell week this weekend, is at number 10 in the AP poll, starting 5-0. The Nittany Lions are 2-0 in Big Ten play with a 35-31 win over Purdue to open the season and a 17-7 home win over Northwestern last weekend, but really cemented themselves on the national podium with a win of 41-12 at Auburn in week three.

Taking on several players from last season’s strong defense and returning starting quarterback Sean Clifford, Penn State has improved in the run game thanks to standout freshman Nick Singleton. The 2022 five-star prospect has 463 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns five games in his career, and his 7.54 yards per carry is fifth nationally among running backs with at least 50 carries. His arrival has helped Penn State rank 33rd nationally in rushing yards per game, after finishing 118th in the category last season.

In addition to the major implications for the Big Ten standings and the College Football Playoff chase, Penn State will also take revenge on the Wolverines. Last season, a shorthanded Michigan team evaded defeat with a 21-17 win at State College, thanks in large part to a 47-yard touchdown reception by Erick All with 3:29 to go, which turned out to be the winning score. It was one of four losses by four points or less that Penn State suffered in its 7-6 campaign.

On the Michigan side, the game will be the Wolverines’ annual Maize Out game. Michigan strongly encourages fans to carry corn to Michigan Stadium, and has hinted in promotional material that Wolverine players may also wear their corn uniforms. According to 247Sports sources, Michigan tried to wear the all-corn look on the road at Penn State last season, but the Nittany Lions rejected the request for an alternative uniform. Under NCAA rules, visiting teams must obtain approval from the home team and home team conference to wear a non-white uniform on the road.

While FOX once again jumped at the chance to air Michigan in its afternoon window, there’s been no shortage of top match-ups that weekend. In addition to Michigan-Penn State, No. 1 Alabama travel to No. 8 Tennessee, No. 6 USC will be No. 11 visiting Utah and No. 7 Oklahoma State will be No. 17 visits TCU. In all, four of the nation’s Power-Five conferences will see two of their three current highest-ranked teams compete that weekend.

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