Penn State's homecoming clash with Northwestern is set for a noon kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Beaver Stadium.

It is the Nittany Lions' fifth announced start time for the 2014 season.

The Big Ten Network, ESPN or ESPN2 will televise Penn State's 95th homecoming contest, with an announcement on the televising network likely 12 days before the game.

Penn State owns an on-field homecoming record of 68-21-5, with a 17-4 mark since starting Big Ten Conference competition in 1993. The Wildcats have been the Nittany Lions' homecoming foe twice previously, with Penn State winning in 2002 and 2012.

The Nittany Lions have posted an on-field mark of 13-3 against the Wildcats, with the last meeting resulting in a Penn State 39-28 comeback win in the 2012 homecoming contest. Penn State visits Northwestern on Nov. 7, 2015, as the Big Ten begins East and West divisions this season.

Penn State's annual homecoming activities include a Friday evening parade through campus and downtown, guarding the Nittany Lion Shrine and the naming of a homecoming King and Queen and their court.

The Northwestern game is Penn State's fifth announced kickoff time for the 2014 season. Coach James Franklin's Nittany Lions will open the season Aug. 30 vs. Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic. The game 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 opens Big Ten play at Rutgers on Sept. 13. The contest between the old rivals, and new Big Ten East Division foes, will kick off at 8 p.m. and air on BTN. The 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. Penn State will host Ohio State on Oct. 25, with the East Division clash set for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ABC, ESPN or ESPN.

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 host the Terrapins on Nov. 1. The three schools are joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the East Division.