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Penn State Football to Open 2020 Season Against Kent State Instead of Nevada

by on October 09, 2019 6:08 PM

Penn State football will now open its 2020 season against Kent State instead of Nevada.

Penn State’s Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications Kris Petersen confirmed the news Wednesday afternoon. Nevada scheduled a game against Arkansas for Saturday, Sept. 5 — the same day it was supposed to play the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions opened their 2016 season against Kent State as well. James Franklin’s squad won by a score of 33-13.

This will be Penn State’s seventh meeting against Kent State. The Nittany Lions have won all six previous games and last took on the Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium in 2018. Penn State won 63-10.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, it may have been Kent State that set the 2020 opener change in motion. The Golden Flashes and Arkansas were originally contracted to play in the 2020 season opener but an amended contract obtained by the paper showed the game was moved to 2023.

"The Golden Flashes were leery of playing three SEC games in the first month next season, as they are scheduled to play road games at Kentucky on Sept. 19 and Alabama on Sept. 26," according to the report. 

Athletic directors for Nevada and Arkansas signed a contract about six weeks ago for the 2020 opener, the Democrat-Gazette reported. It's not clear when Penn State and Kent State reached an agreement.


Will Pegler is a Penn State student and a writer for Onward State.
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