Penn State's Big Ten opener at Rutgers to be played at night

Penn State and new Big Ten rival Rutgers will open up the 2014 conference season under the lights on Sept. 13 in Piscataway, N.J.

The game will kick off at 8 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium and air on the Big Ten Network. This not only will be the first conference game for the two teams, it also marks the initial Big Ten contest of 2014.

Rutgers officially will become a member of the Big Ten on July 1. The Scarlet Knights will be playing in the East Division meaning they will compete against the Nittany Lions on an annual basis. The two schools have squared off 24 times but their last meeting was back in 1995.

The announcement Tuesday gives Penn State yet another night game for its 2014 season. The Lions also will play at Michigan on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2) and host Ohio State at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) at Beaver Stadium.

The only other starting time known to date on the Penn State schedule is the Lions’ season opener on Aug. 30 against Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland. That contest will kick off at 8:30 a.m., Philadelphia time (1:30 p.m. in Dublin).

--Joe Juliano