Penn State announced today that its 2014 home opener against the Akron Zips will be a noon kickoff. The game will be broadcast regionally on ABC, and nationally on ESPN or ESPN2.
The Nittany Lions have a 4-0 all-time record against Akron, which is coached by Terry Bowden (son of Bobby). The Zips are coming off a 5-7 2013 campaign, but they did win four of their last five games last season.
There will also be some extra festivities at the home opener, as the Nittany Lions will be celebrating Red, White, and Blue Community Hero Day. It’ll commemorate the brave first responders of the State College community. First responders will be able to purchase tickets at a reduced price through Penn State Athletics at gopsusports.com. Also, the 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions team that went undefeated and captured Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships will be honored on the field during halftime. The team featured five First Team All-Americans — including Kerry Collins, Ki-Jana Carter, Bobby Engram, Jeff Hartings, and Kyle Brady. This legendary team posted a record 48.1 points per game.
This is the sixth announced start time for Penn State this year. It’ll have 8 p.m. kicks for respective road and home matchups against Rutgers and Ohio State, a 7 p.m. kick when it travels to Michigan, a noon Homecoming kick against Northwestern, and an 8:30 a.m. local kick time for the Ireland opener against UCF (1:30 p.m. overseas). You can view the whole schedule here.