A pair of 5-3 teams will battle for bowl eligibility in College Park, Maryland, at 3:30 this afternoon.
Both Penn State and Maryland are struggling. The Nittany Lions have lost three straight games, falling to Iowa (23-20), Illinois (20-18, 9 OT) and Ohio State (33-24). Although Maryland is coming off a 38-35 win over Indiana, before that, the Terps were also on a three-game skid, losing to Iowa, Ohio State and Minnesota by an average of more than 34 points.
Although both teams have identical records overall and in conference, the Nittany Lions are firm favorites at -11. The Nittany Lions had a decent showing last week in Columbus despite losing to Ohio State, with quarterback Sean Clifford passing for 361 yards and receivers Jahan Dotson and Parkers Washington each eclipsing 100 yards. In Maryland’s 38-35 win over Indiana, quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 419 yards, and Carlos Carriere led the way receiving with 134 yards and two scores.
Penn State and Maryland have played each other every year since the Terps joined the Big 10 in 2014, and the Nittany Lions have a 5-2 record in those meetings. Maryland embarrassed Penn State last season when the Terps rolled to a 35-19 win after coming in as three-touchdown underdogs. The Nittany Lions hope this year’s game is more like their last trip to College Park, where Penn State won 59-0 on a Friday night.
For Nittany Lion fans not making the trip to College Park, here are your options to watch or listen to the game.
TV Channell: Fox Sports 1
TV Crew: Don Hellie (PXP), Petros Papadakis (anaylst)
Radio Crew: Steve Jones (PXP) Jack Ham (analyst) Brian Tripp (sideline)
Local channel: Penn State Football Radio affiliates
Sirius XM: Channell 83