Oct. 12, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - ESPN will nationally televise Penn State's Big Ten Homecoming clash with Michigan on Saturday, October 18. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. in a sold out Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions will be playing on ESPN for the third consecutive week.
On the heels of Saturday night's 48-7 win at Wisconsin, Penn State has moved to No. 3 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. The Lions trail only Texas and Alabama in the polls and have earned their highest ranking since finishing the 2005 season No. 3. Penn State received three first place votes in this week's Coaches poll.
The Nittany Lions are the Big Ten's highest ranked squad and are 7-0 for the 11th time under Coach Joe Paterno. Penn State, Ball State and Utah are the nation's only 7-0 squads.
Penn State will be seeking an 8-0 start for the first time since 1999 and the 10th time overall under the Hall of Fame coach.
Penn State's 89th Homecoming game is its only home contest between Sept. 28 and Nov. 15. The Nittany Lions will be looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to Michigan (2-4, 1-1). The Wolverines fell to Toledo, 13-10, on Saturday.
Penn State has made appearances on ESPN vs. Purdue and Wisconsin, on ABC against Oregon State, Syracuse and Illinois and appeared on the Big Ten Network against Coastal Carolina and Temple this season.
The Nittany Lions have appeared on television in 171 of their last 173 games. The kick times and TV for eight Penn State games were announced prior to the season. Future Penn State contests may be selected by the networks under the six and 12-day provisions of their contracts with the Big Ten.
All Penn State football games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, with selected games available on XM Satellite Radio.