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Big Ten Announces Penn State Football’s 2024-2028 Conference Opponents

The Big Ten conference announced Penn State football’s in-conference opponents through the 2028 season Thursday afternoon.

The conference initially released Penn State’s opponents for the 2024 and 2025 seasons in June but was forced to make adjustments after Oregon and Washington made plans to join the Big Ten starting next year.

Divisions will still be scrapped starting next season, and Penn State still does not have a protected rival. Additionally, every team will play each other at least twice in a five-year period, with rotating opponents playing no more than three times in the same period.

In 2024, Penn State is scheduled to play Illinois, Maryland, Ohio State, UCLA, Washington, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, and USC. The Nittany Lions will face the first five teams at home and the latter four on the road. USC was originally scheduled as a home game next season.

As for 2025, Penn State is scheduled to play Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Oregon at home. Meanwhile, it’ll play Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rutgers, and UCLA on the road.

Moving to 2026, the Nittany Lions will play Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, USC, and Wisconsin at home, which is somewhat of an inverse of the 2024 schedule. Meanwhile, they have matchups against Maryland, Michigan, and Northwestern, and an inaugural trip to Washington on the road for the first time since the school joined the conference.

In 2027, Penn State will challenge Maryland, Michigan State, Michigan, and Washington at home. Then, it travels to Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Finally, in 2028, Penn State has five home matchups against Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Oregon, and UCLA. On the road, it is scheduled to play Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers, and USC.

Game dates for the 2024 season will be announced at a later date.

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