Two primetime games set for Lions

Penn State will play in primetime on consecutive weekends in October in its first season under Bill O'Brien.

The Nittany Lions will visit Iowa at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 in a game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The following week, ESPN or ESPN2 will televise the Penn State-Ohio State game in Beaver Stadium at 6 p.m.

The Iowa and Ohio State games are the Nittany Lions' first announced kick times for the upcoming season.

The Penn State-Iowa series is tied, 12-12, with the Nittany Lions winning, 13-3, last year in State College. The Penn State-Iowa clash will cap BTN's eight-game schedule of Big Ten primetime contests. The Nittany Lions will be playing in BTN's final primetime game for the second consecutive game, having won at Northwestern last season.

Penn State and Ohio State have met every year since Penn State began Big Ten competition in 1993, with Ohio State having a 14-13 edge in the series. The Nittany Lions won, 20-14, last year in Columbus.

Every Nittany Lion football game has been televised the past eight seasons and 216 of the last 218 Penn State contests overall have been on TV. All Nittany Lion football and basketball games air on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.

Fourteen Big Ten home football games will air in prime time this season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network. From 2007-12, a total of 83 Big Ten home football contests will have been televised in prime time.

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