Penn State Football: Kickoff time for Week 1 clash at Wisconsin, more

Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Jan Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Jan Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports) /

Kickoff times for Penn State Football’s first three games of the season, including Week 1 at Wisconsin are now known

Kickoff times for Penn State Football’s week 1 clash with Wisconsin and the home opener with Ball State were announced Thursday.

The Labor Day weekend battle in Madison will kickoff at high noon on FOX as a part of FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt on the call.

Noon has become one of, if not the, marquee kick time, especially on FOX. Interestingly enough, five of the top ten most watched regular season games in 2019 kicked off at noon.

It’s probably a safe assumption at this point that Madison will be at full capacity come September 4th, so expect a raucous crowd, no matter what time they kick the ball off. It will be a body clock adjustment for Penn State Football as it will be 11am in Wisconsin when they get it going.

The home opener also received a kick time and network, as the Nittany Lions will take on Ball State at 3:30pm on FOX Sports 1, something we accurately predicted last Saturday in our kickoff times prediction, nailing the time and network.

As we discussed this will be a challenge for head coach James Franklin’s squad, as Ball State comes in returning 22 starters, looking for a signature win. The 3:30pm kick, with what should be the first full capacity crowd since 2019, the team should be fired up and ready to go for this one.

The week 6 roach clash with Iowa did not yet receive a kickoff time, but that game is slated to be televised on either FOX or FOX Sports 1. Vice versa, the homecoming game in week 8 with Illinois will kick off at Noon, another kick time we accurately predicted last week as well.

The season is just under 100 days away, but with kick times announced it feels right around the corner. This season should be a celebration and culmination of coming out of a pandemic and celebrating the sport we love, back to normal the way we remembered it.

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