Kickoff: Oct. 31, Ryan Field, 4:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN or ESPN2
Series: Penn State won the last meeting, 33-7, in 2006 and leads the series, 9-3.
Who will win and why: Penn State. Northwestern should have a good record, but the Wildcats won't be able to stop the Lions' offense.
About Northwestern: The Wildcats went 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten last season before losing to Missouri in the Alamo Bowl. ... Pat Fitzgerald, the former standout LB at Northwestern, has done a nice job in three years as head coach. He took over under tough circumstances when Randy Walker died in 2006 and has gone 19-18 overall, 10-14 in the Big Ten. ... Wildcats are replacing starting QB C.J. Bacher and leading rusher Tyrell Sutton. ... Sr. QB Mike Kafka played sparingly last season, completing 32-of-46 passes for 330 yards, 2 TDs and 3 INTs.
Look out for: Northwestern could come in with a 7-1 record with a weak schedule that includes Towson, Eastern Michigan and Syracuse.
Penn State's record after this game: 8-1