The return of one of Penn State's longtime rivalries is set for prime time.
The Nittany Lions' Big Ten Conference opener at Rutgers has been selected as their third night game of the 2014 campaign.
The contest between the old rivals, and new Big Ten East Division foes, will kick off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, and air on the Big Ten Network. The contest at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J., will mark Rutgers' first Big Ten Conference game and will be the opening contest of the Big Ten's 119th football season. The Nittany Lions will be playing their earliest Big Ten opener since starting the 1994 season at Minnesota.
The Rutgers game is Penn State's third announced kickoff time for the 2014 season. Coach James Franklin's Nittany Lions will visit Michigan on Saturday, 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. Penn State will play host to Ohio State on Oct. 25, with the East Division clash set for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
Penn State will be playing a prime time game on BTN for the fourth consecutive season. The Nittany Lions won at Northwestern (2011) and Iowa (2012) and lost at home to Central Florida by a field goal in 2013 on BTN.
Penn State and Rutgers have met 24 times, with the first meeting in 1918 and the last coming in 1995. Starting this season, the teams will play annually as Big Ten East Division rivals. From 1977-95, the Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knights played every season except in 1980 and 1981.
The Nittany Lions have played Rutgers nine times in New Jersey, but the last six meetings came at Giants Stadium, including the 1995 contest. Penn State played at Rutgers in 1951, 1953 and 1955.
Rutgers and Maryland will officially join the Big Ten on July 1, 2014, and Penn State will play both annually as East Division foes. The Nittany Lions play host to the Terrapins on Nov. 1. The three schools are joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the East Division.
Penn State's Aug. 30 season opener vs. Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic will kick off at 1:30 p.m. in Dublin, Ireland (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time) and air on ESPN2. Penn State will be playing its first international game in its 128-year history when it travels to Ireland to meet the Knights.
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 kickoff times will be announced later this spring.