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Penn State Football: Home Opener Against Akron Set For Noon Kick

by on July 17, 2014 11:00 AM

Penn State will open the home slate against Akron at noon this season. The game is the sixth announced kickoff time of the Nittany Lions' 2014 season, the first under head coach James Franklin.

ABC will televise the Akron game to a regional audience. The rest of the nation will see it on ESPN or ESPN2. Penn State has gone 4-0 all-time against The Zips with the most recent victory coming in the form of a 31-7 Penn State win in 2009. The Zips are coached by Terry Bowden.

Penn State will celebrate Red, White and Blue Community Hero Day at the home opener. First responders will be celebrated and recognized during the game. First responders can purchase tickets for the Akron game at a reduced rate by calling 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Additionally, at halftime, Penn State's 1994 undefeated Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship team will be honored. The team will be celebrating its 20th reunion. That Nittany Lion squad featured five first-team All-Americans - Kyle Brady, Ki-Jana Carter, Kerry Collins, Bobby Engram and Jeff Hartings - and became the first Big Ten to earn a 12-0 record by beating Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

Aside from the Akron kick time, the following games have announced start times:

UCF: 1:30 p.m. in Dublin, Ireland (8:30 a.m. ET) and air on ESPN2.

@Rutgers on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. and air on BTN,

Northwestern at 12 p.m. on Sept. 27.

@Michigan on Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. ET clash that will air on ESPN or ESPN2.

Ohio State on Oct. 25, with the East Division clash set for an 8 p.m. kick on ABC, ESPN or ESPN.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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