Will an Icelandic volcano cancel the Penn State season-opener?

Will an Icelandic volcano cancel the Penn State season-opener?
August 20, 2014, 3:45 pm
Vinnie Duber

What could keep Penn State from opening its season on Aug. 30? Bardarbunga. That's what.

Bardarbunga is the name of a volcano in Iceland. And, yes, there's a connection between it and Penn State football.

You see, Bardarbunga might erupt soon, and if it does, that will wreak havoc when it comes to European air travel. The Nittany Lions are slated to play UCF in Dublin to open their respective seasons on Aug. 30. But if Bardarbunga erupts, well that game might not happen due to travel issues. Ireland and Iceland? Pretty close together.

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The game could potentially be fine and go off without a hitch, too. But that's all up to Bardarbunga. And volcanoes generally aren't the most predictable sort.

So Penn State fans might want to add global geological reports to their daily reading.