The Daily Item
— UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State and new football coach James Franklin will take on its two biggest rivals in prime time this fall. The university announced Tuesday the Buckeyes’ Oct. 25 visit to Beaver Stadium is set to be played under the lights.
The Big Ten East Division clash between Penn State and Ohio State will kick at 8 p.m. and air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will be meeting in prime time for the sixth time in the past 10 seasons (2005, ’07, ’08, ’12, ’13, ‘14).
Coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions will visit Michigan on Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. clash that will air on ESPN or ESPN2. The Big Ten East Division contest will be Michigan’s first Big Ten home night game.
The Penn State-Ohio State clash annually is one of the nation’s most highly anticipated contests. The teams have met every year since Penn State began Big Ten competition in 1993. The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will be East Division rivals starting this season and continue to play annually.
The Michigan and Ohio State games are the Nittany Lions’ second and third announced kick times for the upcoming season. Penn State’s Aug. 30 season opener vs. UCF in the Croke Park Classic will kick at 1:30 p.m. in Dublin. Penn State will be playing its first international game in its 128-year history when it travels to Ireland.
Penn State will be playing at least one regular season night game for the 15th consecutive season. A determination on which network will nationally televise the Michigan and Ohio State clashes may not be made until six days before the contest. Additional Nittany Lion kick times will be announced later this spring.