A busy slate in college football is headlined on Saturday by a pair of top five-ranked Big Ten teams squaring off as No. 3 Iowa plays host to No. 4 Penn State at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. With their undefeated records and positions near the top of the polls to this point, both of these teams fancy themselves College Football Playoff contenders nearly halfway through the 2021 season.
Iowa enters the game with a 5-0 record and has already picked up wins against Indiana and Iowa State, both of whom were ranked at the time. Penn State's 5-0, as well, and has two wins against ranked opponents itself in Wisconsin and Auburn (Yes, Auburn is still ranked). Now both look to pick up what would be their biggest wins of the season to this point.
While they reside in different divisions, both programs have grown familiar with one another in recent seasons. Penn State holds the all-time advantage in the series, winning 17 of the 30 meetings. That includes four wins against the Hawkeyes in the last five years, though Iowa won last season's meeting at Penn State 41-21. Follow LIVE coverage of Penn State vs. Iowa here on CBSSports.com.
Iowa vs Penn State: Need to know
This is a rare matchup: According to College Gameday's Chris Fallica, this matchup will mark the first time there's been a regular-season Big Ten conference game between teams ranked in the top five of the AP Poll that didn't include Ohio State since 1997 when Penn State hosted Michigan. If you remove Michigan from the equation alongside Ohio State, it's the first time it's happened since a 1962 game between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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