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Penn State football: Nittany Lions to face Ohio State in prime time

Penn State’s Brandon Bell tries to stop Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 overtime win at Beaver Stadium last season. The teams will meet again in prime time when they battle in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17.
Penn State’s Brandon Bell tries to stop Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 overtime win at Beaver Stadium last season. The teams will meet again in prime time when they battle in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. CDT file photo

The gridiron clash between Penn State and Ohio State will once again be in prime time.

The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will tangle in Ohio Stadium at 8 p.m. Oct. 17, with the battle to be shown on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. It marks the fourth straight season the rivals have met under the lights.

It is the second late kick time for Penn State, with a Beaver Stadium tussle against Rutgers on Sept 19 also slotted for prime time on the Big Ten Network. The exact start time will be announced later.

The two primetime games mean for the 16th consecutive season the Nittany Lions will play a regular-season night game. Every Penn State football game for the past 10 seasons has been shown on television, and 253 of the last 255 games have been on TV.

A crowd of 107,895 filled Beaver Stadium last fall to see the Nittany Lions fall 31-24 in overtime, nearly upsetting a Buckeye team that went on to win the national championship.

Penn State opens its season Sept. 5 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, meeting Temple.

Additional kickoff times are expected to be announced later this spring for the Nittany Lions.

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