Game Coverage: No. 14 Penn State vs. Central Michigan

Penn State will hit the grid for the fourth straight week, this time against Central Michigan at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions emerge from a huge Victory 41-12 over Auburn last week at Jordan-Hare Stadium and are a perfect 3-0 heading into the game. On the other hand, the Chippewas are only 1-2 this season but won their last game against Bucknell 41-0.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the first meeting between the two teams since 2005.


Saturday’s game kicks off at noon on the Big Ten Network. Mark Followill and Matt Millen will be on the call, while former Penn State flagman Matt McGloin will provide sideline updates.


Penn State Sports Network – Steve Jones and Jack Ham
Local: 99.5 and 103.7 FM/1450 AM, Sirius/XM/Internet: 957/195/982


Fall will be in the air in today’s game. Kick-off temperatures will start at 58 degrees and rise to 65 by the end of the match, according to AccuWeather. Expect a zero percent chance of rainfall and minimal winds. Football weather is back, baby.

Last meeting

The two teams last met on September 17, 2005, when the Nittany Lions crushed the Chippewas 40-3 at Beaver Stadium. Michigan center quarterback Kent Smith was limited to just 143 passing yards, while Michael Robinson completed 14 of 23 passes for 274 and three touchdowns.


Penn State defensive end Zuriah Fisher is out for the season with an undisclosed injury. James Franklin said he doesn’t know if Keyvone Lee will return in time for today’s game after injuring what looked like his knee against Auburn last week.

As for the Chippewas, Dallas Dixon, the team’s second-best receiver in 2021, is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Carlos Carriere is behind him on the depth chart, but he’s been day to day this week after having his wisdom teeth removed this week. It’s also unclear if defensive lineman LaQuan Johnson will be available for Central Michigan this weekend, as he hasn’t been available so far this season due to an undisclosed injury.

betting lines

Penn State is currently a 27.5 favorite out of FanDuel Sports Betting. The plus/minus is set at 61.5 points.

Media coverage

Onward State will have you covered throughout tonight’s game. You can find great games, photos, reviews and more on our main page @OnwardState Twitter account and Facebook pageand we will also provide detailed feedback from @OnwardStSports.

Football writers Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9), Sam Fremin (@SamFremin) and Frankie Marzano (@frankiemarzano) will have you covered from inside the Beaver Stadium press box.

Photographers Alysa Rubin (@arubin241) and Mikey De Angelis (@mikey_deangelis) will also provide visual updates of the terrain.

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Frankie is an accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back dark hair. He is an avid fan of the Rangers and New York Mets, as well as all Penn State Athletics teams. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for heinous amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected]

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