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Rutgers-Penn State football kickoff time delayed: No night game in 2018?

There will be no Rutgers night game in Piscataway this fall.

The Scarlet Knights’ home finale against No. 21 Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Stadium has been placed in a six-day window. That means the game’s time and broadcast location have not yet been determined. But the game will not be a night game, the Big Ten announced on Monday.

The game will kick off anywhere from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern.

There has not been much variety with Rutgers’ schedule this season when it comes to kickoff times or broadcast locations. Counting this coming Saturday’s home game against No. 4-ranked Michigan, the Scarlet Knights will have seen eight of their 10 contests kick off at 12 p.m. Eastern, as well as nine of ten televised on BTN. 

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Saturday’s game against the Wolverines will be Rutgers’ second 3:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff. The Scarlet Knights’ 52-3 loss at now-No. 8 Ohio State in Columbus on Sept. 8 was also a 3:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff. Rutgers’ lone game away from BTN came the following week, when its 55-14 loss at Kansas was televised by Fox Sports Regional.

Rutgers is 0-4 against Penn State since joining the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions have won each game by an average score of 31-10. Penn State leads the all-time series, 21-2, and Rutgers has not defeated the Nittany Lions since 1988. 

Penn State is 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten this season. The Nittany Lions were clobbered at home by Michigan last weekend, 42-7, and have also lost to Ohio State and Michigan State this season. They will host Wisconsin this weekend in State College.

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