Date Picker on Form Auto-Populating w/ Current Date

We use a form to collect requests for documents that require translation. Depending on the project type and word count, we have standard completion deadlines. However, the requester is able to request an alternate ETA (return date) if they need it back quicker than the standard completion time. On the form though, the date column always auto-populates as the current date rather than remaining blank unless a date is selected by the requester.

Is there anyway to have this corrected or at least make it an option when creating a form, so you can have it auto-populate to current date OR show as blank in the form?