Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Big Ten announces Penn State schedules for 2016-17

Penn State will play five Big Ten home games in 2016 and four in 2017 according to schedules announced Thursday by the conference, which is instituting a nine-game Big Ten slate beginning in 2016.

Big Ten announces Penn State schedules for 2016-17

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

With the Big Ten going to a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016, Penn State will play five home Big Ten games that season and four at home in the 2017 slate, according to schedules announced on Thursday by the conference.

The schedules include the Nittany Lions’ games against Eastern Division rival Rutgers. The two teams will meet Nov. 19, 2016 at Rutgers, and Nov. 11, 2017 at Beaver Stadium.

In all, Penn State will play the other six schools in the Eastern Division (Rutgers, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State) and three from the Western Division. The Lions will have five conference home games in even-numbered years, and four during odd-numbered years.

In 2016, the Nittany Lions will host Minnesota, Maryland, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State, and have non-conference games at Beaver Stadium against Temple and Kent State. On the road, they will face Michigan, Purdue, Indiana and Rutgers in the Big Ten, and will renew their series with archrival Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.

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The Panthers come into Beaver Stadium in 2017 when Penn State also hosts Big Ten opponents Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers and Nebraska. The Nittany Lions travel for Big Ten games at Northwestern, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State and Maryland.

--Joe Juliano

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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