PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Auburn, Ball State, And Buffalo Added To Future Football Schedules

Penn State’s future non-confrence schedule added a traditional powerhouse to the slate earlier today after athletic directors Sandy Barbour and Jay Jacobs (Auburn) announced that the two iconic programs would face off during the regular season for the first time in history.

The schools haven’t faced off since 2003, when the Tigers defeated Penn State 13-9 in the 2003 Capital One Bowl. The two will square off in a home-and-home series; Penn State will host Auburn on Sept. 18, 2021, and will travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 17, 2022.

While there’s no real history between the two programs aside from two bowl matchups, there will be a great deal of pride put on the line come 2021. Former offensive line coach Herb Hand unceremoniously jumped ship after the conclusion of the 2015 season to assume the same role at Auburn — a move many took to be lateral given the title and similar salary.

A pair of Mid-American Conference opponents were also added to future Penn State schedules. The Lions will host Buffalo — who was the unfortunate victim of Saquon Barkley’s breakout performance last season — on Sept. 7, 2019. The Lions host Ball State for the first time ever on Sept. 11, 2021.

Given the program’s somewhat lackluster non-conference schedule of late (except next year’s trip to Pitt), the addition of a perennial (except the last two seasons) SEC power is fun for the fans, certainly helps recruiting, and gives the Lions an early gauge of talent during the first few weeks of the young season. As history shows, the Lions sit slightly north of .500 all-time against SEC teams, currently holding a 23-22 record. Penn State and Auburn both have one victory apiece against each other, and will each try and gain the upper hand when the two powers face off.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


More by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl


Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions won’t play a single home match in September, electing to test themselves against teams like Stanford and Oregon early in the season.

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

Student Life

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Road And Utility Work Impacting Penn State This Summer

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Predicting Penn State’s 2018 Kickoff Times

As the Nittany Lions have ascended back into college football’s elite, they’ve taken the field at night more often in the past few years and avoided the dreaded early kickoff.

We Are Royalty: Meghan Markle Is A Penn State Fan

Penn State fans are everywhere, even in the British royal family.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Send this to a friend