WATCH: ESPN is all-'in' with Iowa vs. Penn State football hype video

Danny Lawhon
Hawk Central

ESPN isn't holding much back in trying to get you geeked up for Iowa's Saturday night under-the-lights Big Ten Conference opener against No. 4 Penn State.

The network's 30-second commercial released this week includes all the stuff you'd expect when trying to pump up the possibility of an upset — cue Keith Duncan's thrilling game-winner over Michigan last year and the thousands of you pouring onto the Kinnick Stadium field.

We're pretty sure you remember this night: Fans storm the field after Iowa Hawkeyes place kicker Keith Duncan kicks the game-winning field goal against the Michigan Wolverines at Kinnick Stadium last November. The Hawkeyes won 14-13 that day, and they face No. 4 Penn State under the Kinnick lights this Saturday.

Oh, and then there's the Kinnick Wave, which you can expect to get full attention when the 6:30 p.m. game on ABC reaches the end of the first quarter.


There's even more love for the Nittany Lions, which is what you would expect for a conference favorite and College Football Playoff contender that boasts a legit Heisman Trophy candidate.

(By the way, we can't help but notice that said candidate — Saquon Barkley — looks like he knows how to do a now-illegal Akrum Wadley impersonation.)

The matchup between 3-0 squads will feature the top broadcast team of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.