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How to watch Penn State vs. Northwestern: TV channel, live online streaming, game time, radio, betting line, more

It's another early start on a lesser channel for Northwestern.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

After a week of uncharacteristically warm weather, Big Ten football is back in the air in Evanston as the No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats (6-2, 2-2) get set to host the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-2, 4-1) at Ryan Field.

The Wildcats and Nittany Lions come into Saturday's game fighting for bowl positioning. A win for either team would put it in great position for a New Year's Day bowl, and with Northwestern coming in at No. 21 in Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings, a New Year's Six bowl might not be out of the question.

Here's a rundown of everything you need to know before kickoff, with broadcast information below.

Preview Links

- Cornerback Matt Harris is back from injury for the WildcatsSo is defensive tackle C.J. Robbins.

- Martin Oppegaard looks at three key matchups that will decide Northwestern-Penn State.

- Here are three things to know about the Nittany Lions.

- Henry Bushnell's breakdown of the Big Ten's bowl selection process shows the importance of Saturday's game.

- There will be a GAME OF THRONES THEME at Ryan Field Saturday, with students receiving special shirts.

- EVERY WEEK IS HATE WEEK. Especially when James Franklin escapes the claustrophobic bubble that is Happy Valley and comes to town.

- Our staff's predictions for the game.

- Pat Fitzgerald spoke about Penn State, the bye week and more at his weekly press conference on Monday.

- Our Zach Pereles chatted with Nick Polak of Black Shoe Diaries, SB Nation's Penn State site, in this week's opponent Q&A.

- For more on the Penn State perspective, read more about the Nittany Lions here.

- The Wildcats will feature a slick black and white uniform combination.

- Here is Northwestern's official depth chart, though it was released before Harris and Robbins were confirmed as healthy.

- Need entertainment on your commute to the game? Our Pound The Talk preview podcast is the obvious choice.

- Penn State and Northwestern were tied (!) in this week's Big Ten Power Rankings.

- Zach Wingrove examines three reasons why Northwestern will win, and three reasons why the Wildcats will lose.

Broadcast Information

Game Time: 11 a.m. CT
Online: WatchESPN
Mobile: WatchESPN App
Radio: WGN AM 720, WNUR FM 89.3
Betting Line: Penn State -2 (opened at Northwestern -2)

Note: Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips will be holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m. CT Saturday morning to discuss the announcement that the university will break ground on its new on-campus football facility next Friday.