As a kid, PJ Mustipher would wake up at 8 or 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings in the fall to watch ESPN. The College GameDay crew would visit a different college campus every week, and that fascinated him.

As a sophomore defensive tackle at Penn State, he's a little busy on Saturdays now. But he can appreciate what it means to see the show he grew up watching come to State College for the third consecutive year.

"It does resonate with me because this is why I came here," Mustipher told reporters this week. "I came to play in the big games. I came to play in an environment that people want to come to, such as College GameDay. They love it here."

College GameDay often sets up at the site of what it believes to be the best game in the country that weekend. Penn State being featured for three straight years is a sign that head coach James Franklin's program is sustaining national relevance.

The question on Saturday: Can this Penn State team go one step further?