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Penn State Football: Big Ten Releases 2018, 2019 Conference Schedules

by on October 16, 2013 12:00 PM

It's a few years away, but it looks as though Penn State is slated to have an impressive home schedule for the 2018 season.

The Big Ten released a conference-wide slate for the 2018 and 2019 seasons on Wednesday that will add Maryland and Rutgers to the mix.

In 2018, the Nittany Lions will open the conference schedule at Illinois before traveling back home to take on Ohio State in an unusual September meeting between the two programs. After a bye week, Penn State will then face Michigan State in Happy Valley before traveling to Indiana.

Penn State will host Iowa for the only home game in a three game stretch before heading out to Ann Arbor for a Nov. 3 showdown with Michigan. Penn State will return home to face Wisconsin and then head to New Jersey to face Rutgers. The Nittany Lions will close the 2018 regular season at home against Maryland.

Divisional crossover games marked in parenthesis

Sept. 22 at Illinois (crossover) 
Sept. 29 vs. Ohio State 
Oct. 6: Open 
Oct. 13 vs. Michigan State 
Oct. 20 at Indiana 
Oct. 27 vs. Iowa (crossover) 
Nov. 3 at Michigan 
Nov. 10 vs. Wisconsin (crossover) 
Nov. 17 at Rutgers 
Nov. 23: Open 
Nov. 24 vs. Maryland 

2019 Big Ten schedule:

Sept. 28 at Maryland 
Oct. 5 vs. Purdue (crossover) 
Oct. 12 at Iowa (crossover) 
Oct. 19 vs. Michigan 
Oct. 26 at Michigan State 
Nov. 2: Open 
Nov. 9 at Minnesota (crossover) 
Nov. 16 vs. Indiana 
Nov. 23 at Ohio State 
Nov. 30 vs. Rutgers

It's hard to speculate about where the Penn State program will be in 2018 and 2019, but with the burden of NCAA sanctions already past, it's at least a time when the games will count even more than they do today.
In non-conference play, Penn State will be on the road in 2018 to face Pittsburgh the second in a four game series. The Nittany Lions will host the Panthers in 2019.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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