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



WVU Football vs Penn State

The much anticipated announcement concerning WVU hosting Penn State 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 most fans were hoping 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 will 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.

Early Line Shows West Virginia as Heavy Underdog to Penn State to Open 2024 CFB Season

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.”

After a 9-4 (6-3) season and a Duke’s Mayo Bowl victory, West Virginia is hungry to start off the 2024 season by getting revenge on the Nittany Lions. 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.

Many have been speculating WVU would wear their new Coal Rush uniforms against Penn State, but the kickoff time during the day may make that less likely.

Below are some images from last season’s game.

WVU Football QB Garrett Greene tackled by Penn State

Quarterback Garrett Greene runs the ball downfield against the Nittany Lions. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU RB CJ Donaldson scores his first touchdown of the season and the first for WVU in the opening game versus Penn State. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Garrett Greene, Neal Brown, Chad Scott

Quarterback Garrett Greene celebrates the first WVU touchdown of the season versus Penn State on Sept. 2, 2023. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Garrett Greene

WVU Quarterback Garrett Greene picks up the first down with his legs versus Penn State. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Offense against Penn State

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football RB CJ Donaldson

WVU RB CJ Donaldson takes the hand off from quarterback Garrett Greene in the first half versus Penn State Sept. 2, 2023. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Offensive Line

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Sean Martin waving state flag

WVU’s Sean Martin carried out the state flag Game One at Penn State. WVSN photo/ Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football TE Kole Taylor against Penn State WVU Football against Penn State

WVU Football HC Neal Brown and OC Chad Scott

Head Coach Neal Brown and new Offensive Coordinator Chad Scott watch over warm ups prior to kick off with Penn State. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

You can find Penn State coverage at our partner Nittany Sports Now.

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  1. WVU vs Everyone

    May 30, 2024 at 10:57 am

    So the over glorified Pedo State lost their bowl game and only finished a 1 game difference better than WVU that WON THEIR BOWL GAME is going to beat WVU again by 12.5 points IN MORGANTOWN? LOL!!!!

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