Penn State Football Big Ten Championship Game Content Central
Welcome to the Penn State Football Big Ten Championship game content central. Follow along with us from Happy Valley to Indianapolis for all your behind-the-scenes access and exclusive content during championship weekend.
Saturday, December 3 - GAMEDAY!
9 a.m. - Noon - ESPN College Gameday
ESPN's College Gameday hit Indianapolis for their weekly Saturday segment. Nittany Lion fans were out in full support with some creative signs and cheers galore. Penn State alum Keegan-Michael Key joined the set as the weekly guest picker, selecting the Nittany Lions as his Big Ten Championship game winner.
Head out into the crowd and watch the Nittany Lion guest picker take the stage below.
Noon - 8 p.m. - Fan Fest and the Big Ten Network Letterman Football Panels
An all-day event, the BTN Fan Fest has games, food, displays and more. For a portion of the afternoon, we caught up with Penn State Football alums Tyoka Jackson, Terry Killens and Anthony Morelli to talk Fan Fest and a little Nittany Lion football ahead of tonight's title game against Wisconsin.
Penn State Women's Lacrosse in Indianapolis!
We caught up with Penn State women's lacrosse in Indianapolis as the Nittany Lions made the trip to show their support for the Nittany Lion football team in a very #OneTeam effort.
6 p.m. - Penn State Alumni Association Pep Rally
Nittany Lion fans waited patiently in line before entering the Penn State Alumni Association Pep Rally prior to the game Saturday.
Friday, December 2 - Arrival & Media
Touchdown in Indianapolis!
The Penn State Football charter flight touched down just before 2 p.m. to be greeted by a Nittany Lion Indy car, which led the police escort to the team hotel.
Once the team arrived at the hotel, Penn State head coach James Franklin was presented with the helmet of the Indy car driver, officially welcoming the Nittany Lions to Indianapolis.
3:30 p.m. - James Franklin visits
Franklin went live with Dave Revsine, Spice Adams and Gerry DiNardo for a brief segment.
INDIANAPOLIS - Penn State head coach James Franklin met with members of Big Ten Championship game media Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Prior to taking questions from the media, Franklin and Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst posed together for a snapshot with the Big Ten title game trophy.
Franklin opened his press conference noting the Nittany Lions are both humbled and honored to represent the Big Ten East Division, in another piece of an already exciting season.
"The word I probably would use best to describe our team is we've persevered and we've gotten better as the season has gone on," Franklin said. "It's something we take great pride in. What I've always taken great pride in as a coach is your team playing hard, number one, getting better each week, each day. We've done that."
Franklin also stressed that this week's focus was just as consistent as any other surrounding, 'Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Wisconsin,' no matter what conversation might be going on outside the program.
"The only thing that exists for us is Wisconsin and the Big Ten Championship game," Franklin said. "If we take care of our business and play the way we're capable of playing, we'll be happy with the result."
Friday Night Senior Shares
As Franklin shared earlier this season, the Nittany Lions will have senior shares at the hotel the night before gameday, where selected seniors on the team and staff have opportunities to share their stories in their own unique way. This evening's shares include senior long snapper Zach Ladonis and Penn State director of Football Operations Michael Hazel.
On Special Teams Improvement
While Franklin pointed out that there has been lots of talk about the offensive and defensive improvements this year, he noted that probably the biggest area of improvement as much as anything this season has come on special teams - an area that will be of heavy importance come Saturday.
"Compared to the last two years and really from the beginning of the season, I think that's a big reason why we are where we are today," Franklin said. "I think Charles Huff, our special teams coordinator, Yaz [Tyler Yazujian], our special teams captain, long snapper, Blake Gillikin, Tyler [Davis], those guys have been awesome all year long. Then the other 10 guys rallying around them have been really good.
Franklin pointed out that both he and Chryrst are currently head coaches of teams in their hometown states.
"The fact that he's from there, grew up there, played there, his dad coached there. It's an awesome story for him," Franklin said.
"Then my story growing up in the state of Pennsylvania, having an opportunity to come back home - that doesn't happen very often," Franklin said. "So for two coaches to be able to come back home and represent their home states is I think pretty cool, pretty special."
Inside The Locker Room
Take a sneak peek inside the Penn State Football locker room as set up and preparations for gameday are well underway. A converted Indianapolis Colts locker room now has a new shade of blue and white. Check it out below.