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June 3, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The renewal of the Penn State-Syracuse rivalry will air on ABC. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
The contest with the Orange is the fifth announced TV appearance of the 2008 season Penn State.
All Penn State football games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, with selected games available on XM Satellite Radio.
The Nittany Lions and Orange will be meeting for the first time since Penn State captured a 27-21 decision in Beaver Stadium in 1990. The teams last played in Syracuse in 1989, which resulted in a 34-12 win for the Lions. The teams met every season from 1944-90 and Penn State has a 40-23-5 series advantage. The Orange will visit Happy Valley on Sept. 12, 2009.
The Nittany Lions' contests versus Illinois (Sept. 27), at Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and at Ohio State (Oct. 25) have been set for primetime national TV exposure. In addition, Penn State's 89th Homecoming game, against Michigan on Oct. 18, will kick at 4:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN or ESPN2.
The Big Ten opener with the Illini will kick at 8:00 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium and air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. A determination on which network will air the game may not be made until 12 days before the game.
The Nittany Lions' contest at Wisconsin will kick at 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET and air on ESPN or ESPN2.
The clash with the Buckeyes also will kick at 8:00 p.m. ET and air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The border rivals will be playing in primetime for the third time in the last four seasons. A determination on which network will air the game may not be made until 12 days before the game.
Penn State's three primetime games are the most of any Big Ten team for the 2008 season.
The Nittany Lions have long been one of college football's premier programs for television networks. Every Nittany Lion game has been televised the past four seasons and 164 of the last 166 Penn State games overall have been on TV.
Future Penn State contests may be selected by the networks under the six and 12-day provisions of their contracts with the Big Ten Conference.
In his 43rd season as head coach, Joe Paterno's squad has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best in the nation over that span. Penn State returns 16 starters (8 offense, 6 defense, 2 specialists) from last year's 9-4 squad that defeated Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches poll, earning their 33rd Top 25 finish under Paterno.