Bama-Penn State Kickoff At 2:30

ABC televises a handful of night-time NASCAR races, including one from Richmond, Va., on Sept. 10. That's the same date as the Alabama at Penn State football game, and ABC had first choice on Big Ten home game broadcasts that day. ABC almost never passes on a rare chance to televise Bama. Thus, the Crimson Tide and Nittany Lions will play in the afternoon.

There had been numerous rumors about the television broadcast of the Alabama football game at Penn State, but the official announcement is that ABC selected the Crimson Tide at Nittany Lions over another intriguing match-up involving a Big Ten team. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. central time) from Beaver Stadium at State College.

This will be Alabama's first visit to State College since 1989, when the Crimson Tide took a 17-16 win. It is also the end of the two-game series, which included last year's 24-3 Bama win over the Nittany Lions in Tuscaloosa. Alabama leads the series with nine wins against five losses.

Although Penn State's Beaver Stadium is the nation's largest on-campus college football arena with 107,282 seats, the ticket for the Alabama game is expected to be one of the toughest ever with Alabama reportedly having received only 5,000.

As announced last week, Alabama's opener against Kent State on Sept. 3 is scheduled to start at 11:20 a.m. CDT and will be televised by the SEC Network.

Last year, UA had 11 of 13 games broadcast on national television. One of those was a game at Duke. ABC has the broadcast rights for the ACC and chose what was expected to be a blowout at Duke in order to have Alabama on television. (It was a blowout: Tide 62, Blue Devils 13.) Bama-Penn State Kickoff At 2:30

Since the start of the 2008 season, a total of 31 Alabama games have been televised nationally.

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