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Kickoff Time Set for Penn State Visiting WVU to Open 2024 Season

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Penn State Nittany Lions Offensive Lineman Caedan Wallace (73) blocks West Virginia Mountaineers Safety Anthony Wilson (12) during the second half of the College Football Game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 2, 2023, at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

The much anticipated announcement concerning Penn State visiting WVU to open the 2024 college football season has arrived. When Penn State travels to play at Milan Puskar Stadium for the first time in three decades, the game will kickoff at noon. WV Sports Now has heard this as the believed time for weeks, but Brett McMurphy was first to confirm and report it.

Even though some thought this game would be showcased in a primetime slot, the noon kickoff time does not mean it won’t be on national television or be treated like a big game. In fact, West Virginia against Penn State is expected to be Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff game of the week.

But regardless of when the game takes place, the Mountaineers will need their fans to be as rowdy as possible in order to help WVU avenge last year’s 38-15 loss at Beaver Stadium.

The game being in Morgantown isn’t enough for DraftKings to give West Virginia much of a chance. While the Mountaineers are not as big of an underdog as last season, the way-too-early line has PSU favored by 12.5.

There’s also intrigue and some storyline carryover from the 2023 edition. In addition to the 2023 game marking the first the time two historic programs faced off in decades, the night ended with some controversy.

Despite being up by two scores, PSU coach James Franklin decided to try to get another touchdown rather than take a knee, and Penn State succeeded, scoring with six seconds left. Brown didn’t like that too much.

“I wouldn’t have done it,” Brown said in his postgame presser. “But it doesn’t bother me. Stuff like that comes back around.”

Penn State beat WVU in the 2023 season opener at Beaver Stadium 38-15 before finishing the year at 10-3 (7-2) and then losing to Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl. Conversely, WVU experienced a 9-4 (6-3) season and a Duke’s Mayo Bowl victory.

Penn State owns a 49-9-2 record all-time against West Virginia.

Most of this story initially appeared on our partner WV Sports Now, where you can find coverage of WVU.

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