“College GameDay” will preview its third consecutive game among the top 25 teams on Saturday when the team heads to University Park, Pennsylvania, to showcase the No. 10 Penn State vs. 22 Auburn.
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Co. will be set up outside Old Main on the Penn State campus. This will be the teams’ first meeting since 2003, and their first in the regular season. More importantly, both teams will be looking to not only remain undefeated on the season, both are 2-0, but also to achieve a non-conference victory in their respective college football playoff offerings.
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Penn State has the best victory of any team, heading to Camp Randall Stadium and beating then-No. 12 Wisconsin to open the season. The Nittany Lions won that game 16-10, but turned around and beat Ball State on a 44-13 snoozer. Meanwhile, Auburn has the nation’s highest-scoring offense in two games, scoring 60 and 62 points, respectively, against Akron and Alabama State.
Saturday is likely to mark the toughest game of the season for both teams to date. Auburn’s offense has cut through their running backs, with Tank Bigsby (241 rushing yards) and Jarquez Hunter (257) both scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Bo Nix has been good too, completing 29 of 39 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns. But what will that fair offense look like against a Penn State defense that has allowed two touchdowns and allowed an average of 11.5 points per game?
In contrast, Sean Clifford (39 of 62 passes, 477 yards, two touchdowns) will face the best statistical scoring defense in the nation (five points per game). He’ll need more help from running back Noah Cain (117 yards, two touchdowns) and will have to aim for more than just Jahan Dotson (10 receptions, 167 yards, two touchdowns) if he wants to lead Penn State to a home win.
With that, here’s everything you need to know as “College GameDay” comes to University Park, Pennsylvania to preview the game:
Where is the ‘College GameDay’ location for week 3?
- Location: University Park, Pennsylvania.
- Match: No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State
“GameDay” will make its ninth all-time appearance at University Park on Saturday. The Nittany Lions are 4-4 all-time when they host ESPN, including 4-3 in ranked matchups. They have a considerably worse record overall, going 8-14 in the 22 times they were part of the show’s featured matchup. That also includes a 6-12 record in ranked matchups. They are 0-1 all time against SEC opponents on the show, losing 24-3 to Alabama in 2010 in Tuscaloosa.
Auburn has a slightly better overall record, also in 22 appearances: 10-12. But they are 1-6 all-time in true road games, each of which was a ranked matchup. The Tigers’ only victory came in 2004, when No. 8-ranked Tigers beat No. 10 Tennessee 34-10 – part of a season in which the Tigers were undefeated. Auburn has never faced a Big Ten team on “GameDay.”
In terms of team series history, Penn State came on the board first when No. 15 Nittany Lions demolished No. 16 Auburn 43-14 in the 1996 Outback Bowl. The Tigers returned the favor in 2003 when they occupied. ranked No. 19, they beat No. 10 Penn State 13-9 in the Capital One Bowl.
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‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
- Television channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 am ET
Davis, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will preview Week 3 action live from University Park, Pennsylvania starting at 9 am ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC, with the kick-off scheduled for 7:30 pm ET.
Only two qualifying games are on the Week 4 schedule: No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Wisconsin in Soldier Field (Chicago) and No. 7 Texas A&M vs. 20 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas). Those games, both on neutral sites, are the most likely locations for “GameDay” in Week 4.
|Week||Match||Location||Guest selector||Corso helmet||Get out|
|0||Alcorn Status vs. NCCU||Atlanta||Eddie george||Braves||NICU 23, Alcorn State 14|
|1||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 3 Clemson||Charlotte, NC||Kane brown||Bulldogs||Georgia 10, Clemson 3|
|2||No. 10 Iowa vs. No. 9 State of Iowa||Ames, Iowa||Ashton Kutcher||Hawkeyes||Iowa 27, Iowa State 17|
|3||No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State||University Park, Pennsylvania.||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Who is the guest selector on ‘College GameDay’ for week 3?
“GameDay” has yet to announce its guest selection for week 3.