Penn State Announces New Temple Series, 5 New Non-Conference Games

By RLR Staff on August 30, 2018 at 10:53 am
Sep 2, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; A Temple Owls helmet displays a sticker in support of Houston before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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On the heels of yesterday's announcement of the 2022-2025 Big Ten schedules, Penn State has announced several more additions to future football schedules. In addition to confirming the rumored home-and-home series with Temple in 2026-27, the Nittany Lions will also host Villanova and Delaware twice next decade, and Central Michigan once.

The games against the Wildcats and Blue Hens will be the first ever meetings with Penn State, while the Chippewas will make their second ever appearance in Beaver Stadium, losing 40-3 back in 2005.

For the record, after a brief experimentation with banning FCS games in 2015, the Big Ten did away with the rule in 2017. 

  • In 2021, Villanova joins Ball State and Auburn on the non-conference slate. The Lions will also open the season on Labor Day weekend at Wisconsin.
  • In 2022, Penn State plays their return game with Auburn in Alabama the week prior to hosting Central Michigan. 
  • Delaware makes their first visit to Penn State in 2023 the week after West Virginia visits State College to open the season. 
  • In 2024, Penn State will travel to West Virginia in week one before hosting Bowling Green the following week. 
  • Villanova's second visit in 2025 comes the week after Virginia Tech visits Beaver Stadium to conclude that home-and-home series.
  • The 2026 Temple game will be played in Philadelphia, and is the only confirmed game for that season.
  • The 2027 matchup with the Owls will take place in Beaver Stadium. That, along with Delaware's second trip, makes up the confirmed slate for that season.

Penn State will still be adding one additional non-conference game in 2022, 2023, 2024,  2025, and 2027. Two more dates will need to be scheduled in 2026. Based on today's news, and the Lions' scheduling history, expect a bigger name opponent to be added to the 2026 and 2027 schedules, while the other years will likely come from the Group of Five conferences.

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