NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 22 Ohio State at Penn State

Penn State fans in the upper level cheer during a white-out game Oct. 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium. The Penn State Nittany Lions upset the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 24-21.

STATE COLLEGE – This year’s Penn State-Auburn contest will receive the official White Out designation while the university announced the Big Ten matchup with Michigan will receive a student section White Out.

Auburn visits Happy Valley on Sept. 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and the Week 3 matchup will be televised on ABC.

The Nittany Lions are 1-1 all-time against Auburn. The Tigers defeated the Nittany Lions, 13-9, in the Capital One Bowl in 2003. Penn State earned a 43-14 win against Auburn in the Outback Bowl in 1996.

Penn State on Thursday announced its 2021 game themes along with an Aug. 5 date for single-game ticket sales to the public.

Beaver Stadium will host seven opponents this season beginning with Ball State at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. Penn State is dubbing its 2021 home opener the “107K Family Reunion.”

Penn State will pay tribute to THON — its student-led philanthropy for childhood cancer — on Sept. 25 against visiting Villanova as part of its “State of Excellence, THON” theme.

The “Penn State Stripe Out” comes to Beaver Stadium on Oct. 2 against Indiana. Fans are asked to wear either blue or white, according to their ticket, to create a stripe-out effect in the 107,000-seat Beaver Stadium.

Penn State will host Illinois at noon on Oct. 23 for “Homecoming; Generations of Greatness.” In addition to typical homecoming festivities during the week, the Nittany Lions will sport modified uniforms and a helmet that harken to past versions of the program’s uniforms.

Penn State’s Nov. 13 contest against Michigan will carry a “Student Section Penn State White Out” theme in a scaled-back version of the program’s traditional White Out.

The Nittany Lions conclude their 2021 home slate with “Senior Day; Military Appreciation Day; Seats for Servicemembers” when Rutgers visits on Nov. 21.”

Penn State opens its 2021 season on Sept. 4 at Wisconsin.

Dotson receives preseason Big Ten nod

Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson was named a preseason All-Big Ten selection on Thursday ahead of the start of 2021 Big Ten Media Days in Indianapolis.

Select members of the Big Ten media voted on the players who made the 10-player preseason list.

Dotson this week also landed on watch lists for the Maxwell Trophy and the Biletnikoff Award. The Maxwell is given to college football’s “most outstanding player” while the Biletnikoff Award is given to the nation’s best wide receiver.

Dotson, a senior, has accumulated 1,575 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns during his time with the program. Last year he produced career-highs for yards receiving (884) and eight touchdowns.

“The thing that I learned about myself is I can make things happen,” Dotson said after Penn State’s 2020 season finale against Illinois. “I can make plays when the ball’s in my hands. I have big-play capabilities. My confidence is just at an all-time high right now. I just know every time I touch the ball that I can make something happen. My confidence is just building every single week.”

Dotson has recorded a reception in 29 consecutive games, an accomplishment that stretches back to Penn State’s game against Indiana during the 2018 season.

Here are the 2021 preseason All-Big Ten honorees:

• Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (Indiana)

• Offensive (left) tackle Thayer Munford (Ohio State)

• Wide receiver Chris Olave (Ohio State)

• Wide receiver Garrett Wilson (Ohio State

• Wide receiver Jahan Dotson (Penn State)

• Center Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa)

• Running back Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota)

• Safety Brandon Joseph (Northwestern)

• Wide receiver David Bell (Purdue)

• Lineback Jack Sanborn (Wisconsin)

Elton Hayes is a veteran sports writer who covers Penn State for CNHI LLC publications. Contact him at ehayes@cnhi.com or follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.

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