Next weekend's game between Ohio State and Penn State will get the national primetime spotlight.
The highly anticipated Halloween clash between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC, the Big Ten announced Monday along with other game times for the second week of its season.
Check out the start times and television designations for Week 2 of Big Ten football. pic.twitter.com/uxMaZ6FXdG— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 19, 2020
It marks the fourth straight time that an Ohio State game at Penn State will be a night game on ABC, which also televised primetime games between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The Buckeyes' 2015 game against the Nittany Lions was also a primetime game on ABC, but the 2017 (3:30 p.m.) and 2019 (noon) games were both afternoon kicks on FOX.
Unlike previous games in State College, however, there won't be a full White Out crowd to greet the Buckeyes next weekend as a result of the Big Ten's decision not to allow fans at games this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Next weekend's game between Ohio State and Penn State is expected to be one of college football's biggest games of the year, as the winner of that game – Penn State in 2016, followed by Ohio State each of the last three years – has gone on to win the Big Ten East and subsequently the Big Ten title for four straight years. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are expected to be the conference's top two teams once again this season.
It will be the first night game of the season for Ohio State, which begins its season on Saturday at noon against Nebraska.