Penn State gets a look at future football opponents
Penn State will conclude the 2018 and '19 seasons with its new East Coast conference rivals, according to the Big Ten's future football schedules released Wednesday.
The Nittany Lions host Maryland on Nov. 24, 2018, to conclude their schedule that season. The following season, Rutgers is the opponent for Beaver Stadium's Senior Day. The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights join the Big Ten next season.
Big Ten teams will play nine-game conference schedules beginning in 2016. The conference realigns its divisions next season. Penn State will play East Division rivals Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Rutgers and Maryland every year and rotate through three teams from the West Division each season.
In 2018, Penn State hosts Iowa and Wisconsin from the West and plays at Illinois in its Big Ten opener Sept. 22. The next year, the Lions will play five Big Ten road games, including at Iowa and Minnesota, in addition to hosting Purdue in interdivisional games.
Penn State hosts Ohio State (Sept. 29), Michigan State (Oct. 13) and Wisconsin (Nov. 17) in 2018. The highlights of the 2019 home schedule are Michigan (Oct. 19) and a nonconference game against Pitt (Sept. 14).
A possible neutral-site game in 2020 between Penn State and LSU was also revealed. The matchup for Sept. 5, 2020, was included in a “future football schedules” document the Big Ten made available on its website. The conference ultimately removed the file, but neither the Big Ten nor Penn State denied the game would or could be played.