It is official. Five months to the day after announcing that Ohio State's visit on Sept. 29 would be the annual White Out game, the kickoff time has been announced as 7:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The game will air on ABC.
Both the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will need to take care of their business this weekend against Illinois and Tulane respectively. However, if both teams hold serve, this will be the first matchup of top-10 teams in Beaver Stadium since the 1999 season opener between Penn State and Arizona (No. 3 vs. No. 4). It would also be the second straight year the two Big Ten powers met us top-10 teams. Last year the No. 6 Buckeyes hosted No. 2 Penn State in Columbus.
The matchup between two of the winningest programs in college football has become one of the best games of the year over the previous two seasons. Penn State stunned Ohio State 24-21 in 2016 on Marcus Allen's blocked field goal, and Grant Haley's return, while the Buckeyes rode a legendary fourth quarter performance from J.T. Barrett to a 39-38 victory in 2017. In three of the last four meetings, the game has come down to one possession, with a sanction-riddled Penn State squad taking the eventual national champions to double overtime in 2014.