Penn State Announces 2013 and 2014 Football Schedules

Penn State and the Big Ten have officially announced the 2013 and 2014 football schedules. The big news is that Penn State will resume its rivalries with Michigan and Minnesota during the 2013 and 2014 football seasons.

Michigan and Minnesota will return to the Nittany Lions’ schedule in 2013 for the first time since the 2010 season. Penn State has won its last three clashes with Michigan and its last four meetings with Minnesota.

As a reminder the Big Ten football division alignments starting this season are:

LEADERS DIVISION: Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

LEGENDS DIVISION: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern

Each Big Ten team will play the other five schools within its division and will also face three teams from the other division, including one cross-division matchup guaranteed, on an annual basis. Penn State’s guaranteed cross-division matchup is Nebraska and the two national powers will resume their rivalry on Nov. 12, 2011 in Beaver Stadium. Penn State owns a 7-6 series edge, with the teams last meeting in 2003 in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers last played in Happy Valley in 2002.

During the 2013 Big Ten schedule, Penn State will host: Michigan (Oct. 12), Illinois (Nov. 2), Purdue (Nov. 16) and Nebraska (Nov. 23). The Nittany Lions will visit Indiana (Oct. 5), Ohio State (Oct. 26), Minnesota (Nov. 9) and Wisconsin (Nov. 30). The Big Ten Football Championship Game will be December 7, 2013 at a location to be determined.

During the 2014 Big Ten schedule, Penn State will host: Minnesota (Sept. 27), Indiana (Oct. 18), Ohio State (Nov. 15) and Wisconsin (Nov. 29). The Nittany Lions will visit: Nebraska (Oct. 11), Michigan (Oct. 25), Purdue (Nov. 1) and Illinois (Nov. 22). The Big Ten Football Championship Game will be December 6, 2014 at a location to be determined.

Penn State and Wisconsin will meet in a Leaders Division game on the final week of the regular season during the next four years. The teams have split their 12 meetings since Penn State began Big Ten competition in 1993. The Nittany Lions and Badgers last met in 2008.

Among the highlights of Penn State’s 2013 and 2014 non-conference schedules are renewals of series with Syracuse and Rutgers and visits to Beaver Stadium by Virginia and Temple. The Nittany Lions also will host Akron, Eastern Michigan and Kent State from the Mid-American Conference (Complete 2011-14 schedules are below. Home games are capitalized).

Future Penn State Football Schedules
2011

Sept. 3 INDIANA STATE
Sept. 10 ALABAMA
Sept. 17 at Temple
Sept. 24 EASTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 1 at Indiana
Oct. 8 IOWA (All-University/Varsity “S” Day)
Oct. 15 PURDUE (Homecoming)
Oct. 22 at Northwestern
Oct. 29 ILLINOIS
Nov. 12 NEBRASKA
Nov. 19 at Ohio State
Nov. 26 at Wisconsin
Dec. 3 Big Ten Championship Game (Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis)

2012
Sept. 1 OHIO
Sept. 8 at Virginia
Sept. 15 NAVY
Sept. 22 TEMPLE
Sept. 29 at Illinois
Oct. 6 NORTHWESTERN (Homecoming)
Oct. 20 at Iowa
Oct. 27 OHIO STATE
Nov. 3 at Purdue
Nov. 10 at Nebraska
Nov. 17 INDIANA
Nov. 24 WISCONSIN
Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game (Site TBA)

2013
Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse (at New Meadowlands Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.)
Sept. 7 EASTERN MICHIGAN
Sept. 14 VIRGINIA
Sept. 21 KENT STATE
Oct. 5 at Indiana
Oct. 12 MICHIGAN
Oct. 26 at Ohio State
Nov. 2 ILLINOIS
Nov. 9 at Minnesota
Nov. 16 PURDUE
Nov. 23 NEBRASKA
Nov. 30 at Wisconsin
Dec. 7 Big Ten Championship Game (Site TBA)

2014
Aug. 30 TEMPLE
Sept. 6 AKRON
Sept. 13 at Rutgers
Sept. 20 TBA
Sept. 27 MINNESOTA
Oct. 11 at Nebraska
Oct. 18 INDIANA
Oct. 25 at Michigan
Nov. 1 at Purdue
Nov. 15 OHIO STATE
Nov. 22 at Illinois
Nov. 29 WISCONSIN
Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship Game (Site TBA)

What do you think of the schedule? Excited about seeing Michigan and Wisconsin instead of Iowa?

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