Penn State will open its 2023 season when West Virginia visits Beaver Stadium on Sept. 2. A start time and television network designation were assigned to the matchup on Saturday.
The Week 1 clash between the Nittany Lions and Mountaineers is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. kickoff. NBC will air the game, which of course is now part of the Big Ten’s television partnership. NBC will air numerous conference tilts this fall, with most of those games airing in primetime.
Head coach James Franklin’s side is a projected top-10 team entering his 10th year at the helm of the program. West Virginia, meanwhile, checked in at No. 57 in the first ESPN Football Power Index rankings of the year. The Nittany Lions have a 91 percent chance of winning the contest, per the FPI.
“The coaches and the players, we have to be very intentional about what we do between now and West Virginia,” Franklin said after the Blue-White game. “They need to have a personal plan. What do I need to get better at, what do I do well? What do I need to work on to be a more complete player? As coaches, as players, as individual positions, as sides of the ball, and grind on this stuff. We got to go through the tape from spring and make all the cut-ups, so when we get off the road from spring recruiting, we’ll go through the cut-ups from spring ball.
“We’ll start to come up with what our identity is going to be now on offense, defense and special teams based off of what we did well this spring. So, there’s a ton of work to be done.”
Looking at Penn State-West Virginia past and present
Penn State and West Virginia start a home-and-home series this year. The Nittany Lions will travel to Morgantown to open the 2024 season.
All-time, the Lions hold a 48-9-2 advantage. The Lions have won four straight against the Mountaineers. Most recently, the program earned a 40-26 triumph on the road in 1992.
FanDuel lists the Lions as a 17.5-point favorite for this year’s meeting.
“We’re getting a lot of reps,” Mountaineers coach Neal Brown told the school’s official website during WVU spring practice. “The first seven days, we did group work and fundamentals, and really since then it’s been a lot of 11-on-11.
“Spring is about working schematics and figuring out some things, maybe some new and different, but it’s also about people and who is (developing).”
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