On Saturday, “College GameDay” will broadcast its third consecutive game between top 25 teams as the crew travels to University Park, Pa., to watch No. 10 Penn State play No. 22 Auburn in a “White Out” contest.
Outside Old Main on Penn State’s campus, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, and others will set up shop.
This will be the first match between the teams since 2003, and the first in the regular season. More significantly, both teams will aim to not only stay unblemished on the season — both are 2-0 — but also to win a major nonconference game in order to get to the College Football Playoff.
Penn State boasts the best win of the two teams, defeating then-No. 12 Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium to start the season. The Nittany Lions won that game 16-10, but then trounced Ball State 44-13 in a blowout. Meanwhile, Auburn has the nation’s highest-scoring offense through two games, scoring 60 and 62 points against Akron and Alabama State, respectively.
Saturday will almost certainly be the most difficult game of the season for both clubs. Tank Bigsby (241 rushing yards) and Jarquez Hunter (257) have both scored two touchdowns on the ground for Auburn. Bo Nix has also performed admirably, completing 29 of 39 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns. But how will that offensive fare against a Penn State team that has allowed two touchdowns and 11.5 points per game on the season?
Sean Clifford, on the other hand, will face the nation’s #1 statistical scoring defense (39 of 62 passing, 477 yards, two touchdowns) (five points per game). If he wants to lead Penn State to a home victory, he’ll need more help from running back Noah Cain (117 yards, two touchdowns) and more than just Jahan Dotson (10 receptions, 167 yards, two scores).
Here’s everything you need to know as “College GameDay” heads to University Park, Pennsylvania, to preview the game:
Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 3?
- Location: University Park, Pa.
- Matchup: No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State
On Saturday, “GameDay” will make its seventh visit at University Park. When hosting the ESPN show, the Nittany Lions are 4-4 all-time, including 4-3 in rated opponents. They had a much inferior overall record, going 8-14 in 22 appearances as part of the show’s marquee game. This includes a 6-12 mark in ranked contests. They are 0-1 versus SEC opponents on the show, having lost 24-3 to Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2010.
In 22 appearances, Auburn had a somewhat superior overall record of 10-12. They are, however, 1-6 all-time in actual road games, each of which was a rated opponent. The Tigers’ solitary victory occurred in 2004, when the No. 8-ranked Tigers upset No. 10 Tennessee 34-10 as part of an unbeaten season. On “GameDay,” Auburn has never faced a Big Ten opponent.
The No. 15 Nittany Lions defeated No. 16 Auburn 43-14 in the 1996 Outback Bowl, putting Penn State on the board first in the series. In 2003, the Tigers returned the favor by defeating No. 10 Penn State 13-9 in the Capital One Bowl, despite being rated No. 19.
‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
- TV channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 a.m. ET
Starting at 9 a.m. ET, Davis, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack will preview Week 3 action live from University Park, Pa. The game will be televised on ABC, with a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
Only two ranked games are on the Week 4 schedule: No. 12 Notre Dame at Soldier Field (Chicago) vs. No. 18 Wisconsin, and No. 7 Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium vs. No. 20 Arkansas (Arlington, Texas). Those are the most likely locations for “GameDay” in Week 4, as they are both neutral sites.
|Week||Matchup||Location||Guest Picker||Corso’s Headgear||Outcome|
|0||Alcorn State vs. NCCU||Atlanta||Eddie George||Braves||NCCU 23, Alcorn State 14|
|1||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 3 Clemson||Charlotte, N.C.||Kane Brown||Bulldogs||Georgia 10, Clemson 3|
|2||No. 10 Iowa vs. No. 9 Iowa State||Ames, Iowa||Ashton Kutcher||Hawkeyes||Iowa 27, Iowa State 17|
|3||No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State||University Park, Pa.||Saquon Barkley||Nittany Lions||TBD|
Who is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 3?
“GameDay” announced former Penn State running back and consensus All-American Saquon Barkley as its Week 3 picker:
Get ready Happy Valley …@saquon is our guest picker 🙌 pic.twitter.com/k6hF2cnqKB
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 18, 2021