BTN Communications, September 9, 2014
CHICAGO - Renewed East Coast rivals Penn State and Rutgers clash this Saturday night on BTN for the first time since 1995 in both teams? first Big Ten Conference game of the season. Both the 11 AM ET and evening editions of BTN Football Pregame will originate live from High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. Kickoff is set for 8:12 PM ET. Both Penn State and Rutgers enter Saturday undefeated.
?Even before the announcements Monday restoring Penn State?s post-season eligibility, the game was creating a lot of excitement on the East Coast,? said BTN President Mark Silverman. ?We wanted to be on-site to capture all the buzz throughout the day and leading up to kickoff.?
Host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will anchor the network?s on-site studio presence. A number of special guests representing both universities will stop by the set. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood; the game?s honorary captains, Eric LeGrand and Adam Taliaferro; former Penn State and NFL Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris; and former Rutgers and NFL tight end Marco Battaglia are among the scheduled guests.
BTN Football Pregame, presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, will originate from the set outside the stadium, and the Buffalo Wild Wings Halftime Report and The Final Drive segments will take place from a second BTN set inside the stadium. BTN halftime and postgame shows for the day?s other games will also include reports from the crew at Rutgers.
Hosts Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo, alongside analysts Shawne Merriman and Stanley Jackson, will provide additional coverage throughout the day from the BTN studio in Chicago.
On the call for the game are Kevin Kugler, who will handle play-by-play duties, and analysts Glen Mason and Shaun O?Hara. Tina Cervasio will report from the sideline.
Fans can also follow the action on Twitter, as @BigTenNetwork, @BTN_Rutgers and @BTN_Penn_State will be live tweeting highlights throughout the game. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will also attend to provide additional insight and analysis.
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