Penn State Football announced that this year's homecoming game, an October 8 matchup with the Maryland Terrapins, will kick off at noon. As we all know, noon kicks suck and having one for homecoming is extra brutal. The ill-fated Northwestern game of two seasons ago comes to mind as a game when both the team and crowd seemed to lack energy despite the festivities. Ideally, an awesome homecoming grand marshall will get everyone excited (and hopefully wins over Pitt, Temple, and Michigan, too).
All-time, Penn State leads Maryland 36-2-1 in the "rivalry," and the series is tied at 1-1 since Maryland defected to the B1G. Both recent matchups have been as close as can be. Maryland took a heartbreaking 20-19 win at Beaver Stadium in 2014, and the Nittany Lions responded with a 31-30 victory in College Park. Under new head coach D.J. Durkin, the Terps will look to get back on track, while James Franklin will attempt to down the school he coached at for four seasons. Hopefully we all wake up early enough to catch the whole thing!
As for the rest of Penn State's announced kick times, it has been announced that the Nittany Lions will have three games. The team will host Ohio State and Iowa under the lights at Beaver Stadium, while the team will travel to New Jersey for a night game against Rutgers.