Penn State’s 2015 Big Ten schedule will include a conference opener at home and a game at an NFL stadium.
Similar to the season prior, the Nittany Lions and Rutgers will get things started two weeks early on September 19, this time at Beaver Stadium, while the other 12 Big Ten teams begin conference play two weeks later on October 3.
The opener versus the Scarlet Knights in Happy Valley marks the first time the Nittany Lions will begin a Big Ten season at home since 2009. Following an open date, there will be another home contest as Penn State hosts Indiana before hitting the road for a game at Ohio State.
The next week pits the Nittany Lions against Maryland, but the game will take place at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, as opposed to Byrd Stadium on the College Park campus.
The second half of the conference schedule has Penn State hosting Illinois before traveling to Northwestern the following week. These opponents serve as the two crossover games under the new divisional alignment. 2015 also marks the final year of an 8-game conference slate before expanding to a 9-game schedule beginning in 2016.
Coming off a bye following the Northwestern game, the Nittany Lions host Michigan before the season concludes against Michigan State in East Lansing on November 28.
Unlike 2014 when the Nittany Lions play both Ohio State and Michigan over a three-week span, those opponents are separated by a month this time around.
Since Rutgers was already on the docket before joining the conference, the Nittany Lions must add two additional non-conference games to round out their schedule. They are currently scheduled to visit Temple at Lincoln Financial Field on September 5 before hosing Buffalo the following Saturday.
Penn State’s 2015 schedule — as it currently stands with 10 games — can be found below. For the full Big Ten schedule containing all conference programs, click here.
2015 Penn State Football Schedule
Sept. 5 at Temple (Lincoln Financial Field)
Sept. 12 BUFFALO
Sept. 19 *RUTGERS
Oct. 10 *INDIANA
Oct. 17 *at Ohio State
Oct. 24 *at Maryland (M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore)
Oct. 31 ILLINOIS
Nov. 7 at Northwestern
Nov. 21 *MICHIGAN
Nov. 28 *at Michigan State
* Big Ten East Division game
Note: Two non-conference games to be scheduled