Penn State’s traditional prime time, “white out” game against the Ohio State Buckeyes should have a feel like no other.
While the two teams will meet on national TV in the evening once again — like they have every time in Beaver Stadium since 2005 — so much will be different when the two Top 10 teams get together on Halloween.
It will be the second game of this pandemic-shortened season. The rivals have never met this soon in a season.
And there will be no fans in the stadium except for a limited number of family members of players, coaches and staff.
There should be virtually no one gathering around the stadium, either. Fan attendance and tailgating are not allowed at Big Ten games this year because of health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
At least the timing and TV will be familiar: Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
To get ready, Penn State will open its eight-game, conference-only schedule Saturday at Indiana. Game time is 3:30 p.m. and will be televised by FOX Sports One. The Lions are ranked No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll, No. 8 in the Associated Press poll.
Ohio State, No. 5 in both polls, opens at home against Nebraska.
The Lions and Buckeyes have played several scintillating games in Beaver Stadium, and in the midst of what is among the top atmospheres in college football.
Penn State won close games in 2005 and 2016 and lost in excruciating fashion in 2004 (double overtime) and in 2018.