Penn State announces future foes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Those wishing to see more Power 5 teams on the Penn State schedule in the future will have to wait as the Nittany Lions announced four future non-conference opponents Thursday morning.

Penn State will see FCS schools Villanova and Delaware and Group of 5 teams Temple and Central Michigan come to Happy Valley throughout the 2020 decade.

The scheduling of those teams leaves much to be desired on the strength-of-schedule front, but it gives the Nittany Lions the opportunity to ease into their Big Ten schedules, which will see them play nine conference games during the season.

Penn State and Temple rekindle an in-state rivalry with a home-and-home series after a 10-year period from 2006-2016 in which the two teams played each other annually, except in 2013. The last time the two teams played in Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions took down the Owls 34-27.

Over the course of their 45 games played against each other, Penn State has won all but one match-up, a 27-10 Temple victory in 2015. The Owls will visit Penn State on Sept. 12, 2026, and the Nittany Lions visit Temple on Sept. 18, 2027.

Perennial FCS powers in Villanova and Delaware will visit Happy Valley twice a piece during the next decade.

Villanova, the 2009 FCS national champion, will visit Beaver Stadium on Sept. 25, 2021 and Sept. 23. 2025. The Nittany Lions haven't faced the Wildcats since 1951 but hold a 5-3-1 record over their foe from Philadelphia.

Delaware plays Penn State for the first time ever Sept. 9, 2023, and they will return to face the Nittany Lions Sept. 11, 2027. The Blue Hens have gone to the FCS national championship game four times and won the title in 2003.

Central Michigan returns to Happy Valley for the first time since 2005, as they are set to take on the Nittany Lions for their second ever match-up Sept. 24, 2022. A Joe Paterno-led Penn State team defeated a Brian Kelly-led Chippewas squad 40-3 in the first game between the two teams.

The Nittany Lions open up their 2018 non-conference slate with a home game against Appalachian State this Saturday at 3:30 pm.


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