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Penn State, Temple In ‘Conversation’ About Home-And-Home Football Series

Penn State and Temple are hoping to renew their football series for the 2026-27 seasons with a home-and-home, according to a report from

The two schools have played 45 games over the course of 89 years, with the Nittany Lions coming out victorious in 40 of these meetings. They played each other most recently from 2014-16, with the Nittany Lions winning two meetings, but the Owls pulling off the upset at Lincoln Financial Field in 2015.

“I think it’s a great game for everybody,” Temple athletic director Pat Kraft told reporters at AAC Media Day. “Anytime you get to play Penn State, that kind of program, and the program we have, that would be a fun game for people. But we’re not there yet.”

At Big Ten Media Day, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said nothing more than the fact that the department has had conversations with Temple, as well as other programs, about scheduling future games.

Penn State does have all of its non-conference matchups open for the 2026-27 seasons, but the crux of the issue heading forward would be scheduling a non-Power Five school for a home-and-home series.

Assuming Penn State’s future slates stay the same — 12 regular season games, nine of which are Big Ten matchups — it allows the Nittany Lions to schedule just one non-conference road game every two years.

The scheduling setup means for a two-year slate, Penn State would only be able to schedule one home-and-home. Power Five schools will likely only bite at playing Penn State if they’re guaranteed a home-and-home, which could put the Nittany Lions out of compliance with Big Ten rules that state member schools must schedule at least one Power Five non-conference opponent each year.

Teams have been able to receive exemptions to the Power Five scheduling requirement for games against Notre Dame or certain AAC schools in the past. However, if you’re trying to build a strength of schedule to reach the College Football Playoff in the years ahead, would you really want Temple taking the place of the resume booster games like the Nittany Lions have scheduled for 2020-2025 against opponents West Virginia, Auburn, or Virginia Tech?

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