UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 29, 2013 - Penn State will clash with Big Ten Conference foes Michigan and Ohio State in prime time in consecutive games during the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions will be playing at least one regular season night game for the 14th consecutive season.
Coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions will host the Wolverines on Oct. 12 for Penn State's 94th Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. ET in Beaver Stadium and the clash will air on ESPN or ESPN2. The teams will be playing in primetime for the third time in Happy Valley (2006, 2010 and 2013).
Penn State will visit division rival Ohio State on Oct. 26 for an 8 p.m kick on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Penn State and Ohio State will be meeting in primetime for the fifth time in the past nine seasons (2005, '07, '08, '12, '13).
A determination on which network will nationally televise both games clash may not be made until six days before the contests. The Michigan and Ohio State games are the Nittany Lions' first announced kick times for the upcoming season.
The Nittany Lions and Wolverines will be meeting for the 17th time overall and the first time since 2010. Penn State has won the last three meetings on the field against Michigan. The two traditional powers will be Big Ten East Division rivals starting in 2014 and play annually.
The Penn State-Ohio State clash annually is one of the nation's most highly anticipated contests. The division rivals have met every year since Penn State began Big Ten competition in 1993, with Ohio State having a 15-13 on-field edge in the series. The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will be East Division rivals starting in 2014 and continue to play annually.
Every Nittany Lion football game has been televised the past nine seasons and 228 of the last 230 Penn State contests overall have been on TV. All Nittany Lion football and basketball games air on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.
O'Brien and seven other head coaches will be participating in the 12-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan, starting April 30 in Reading and Philadelphia and ending May 9 in DuBois and Pittsburgh. O'Brien is scheduled to appear at all 12 events. For all the Coaches Caravan event dates and locations, go to alumni.psu.edu/events/coachescaravan or www.GoPSUsports.com.
In O'Brien's first season as head coach, the Nittany Lions beat eventual Big Ten champion Wisconsin on Senior Day to finish 8-4 overall (6-2 Big Ten). O'Brien's eight wins were the most by a first-year Penn State coach in the 126 years of the program.
Penn State returns 16 starters and 38 letterwinners for this fall. Season tickets are available for the 2013 campaign. The Nittany Lions will host five bowl teams from 2012, including three teams that finished in the BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homecoming), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue, Illinois, UCF and Eastern Michigan also will visit Beaver Stadium this fall.
Penn State opens the season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Nittany Lion Club members can order tickets for the Syracuse game May 3 at 10 a.m. at 1-800-NITTANY.
For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.GoPSUsports.com or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.