PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Penn State Football To Play First Friday Night Clash At Illinois Next Season

The Nittany Lions will officially play their first Friday night clash at Illinois on September 21, 2018 after the Big Ten announced today the road trip game will be held that night instead of Saturday, September 22 as originally scheduled.

The conference announced last fall it planned to start holding Friday night games, beginning with six Friday night matchups during the 2017 season. At that time, the athletics department issued a statement clarifying Penn State isn’t willing to host Friday night games at home in Beaver Stadium.

“Penn State has informed the Big Ten that we will not host football games on a Friday night. We are receptive to an occasional day game on the day after Thanksgiving,” the athletic department said last November. “We support the conference’s desire to expand exposure for Big Ten football on national platforms, providing additional content at high-demand times, and we’ve agreed to play no more than one away game each year on a Friday night.”

If Athletics stays true to their word, this matchup between Penn State and Illinois will be the only Friday night game for the 2018 Nittany Lions.

The Big Ten also moved the dates of four other conference games for the 2018 season. Northwestern will now play Purdue on Thursday, August 30 to open the season. Utah State and Michigan State will meet Friday, August 31, as will Western Kentucky and Wisconsin. Indiana’s away game at Minnesota is scheduled for Friday, October 26.

Penn State opens its 2018 Big Ten campaign against the Illini in Champlaign before hosting Ohio State the following week in what will almost assuredly be the White Out game. The Nittany Lions last played Illinois in 2015, prevailing 39-0 at home in Beaver Stadium. Penn State leads the all-time series 18-5.

About the Author

Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

Comments

More by Ethan

Four-Star Safety Tyler Rudolph Commits To Penn State

Rudolph picked the Nittany Lions over a lengthy offer sheet that also included Clemson, Florida, Michigan, and Ohio State.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Four-Star Athlete Marquis Wilson Commits To Penn State

Athletics

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Longtime Cal athletics employee Mohamed Muqtar was accused by seven former Golden Bears student-athletes of sexual violence and harassment dating back 20 years prior to his firing on May 11. An internal investigation from the school substantiated those claims.

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

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

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

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.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend