Penn State's relationship with the NCAA isn't the best at the moment, so the Nittany Lions are moving to the NFL!
Well, a couple of the stadiums at least.
The Big Ten released its 2015 football schedules on Tuesday and the Nittany Lions will be playing right off I-95 twice in just under two months.
PSU will open its season in Philadelphia on Sept. 5 at Lincoln Financial Field vs. Temple, and then, on Oct. 24, make its first road trip to visit the University of Maryland. That game will not be held at Byrd Stadium on the Terps' campus -- cool place, by the way -- but in M&T Bank Stadium -- the home of the NFL's Ravens -- in Baltimore.
Maryland, just a reminder, is scheduled to join the Big Ten in 2014.
Speaking of which, since we're discussing non-State College trips way in advance, Bill O'Brien's team will play the 2014 Big Ten opener when they travel to Rutgers next year.
But back to the original point of this post, the full 2015 schedule -- save for two more yet-to-be-scheduled-out-of-conference matchups -- via our guy Kevin McGuire over at The Examiner:
Penn State's 2015 Football Schedule
(as of June 3, 2013; home games in CAPS, * = Big Ten game)
- Sep. 5 - at Temple
- Sep. 12 - BUFFALO
- Sep. 19 - RUTGERS*
- Sep. 26 - Open Date
- Oct. 3 - Open Date
- Oct. 10 - INDIANA*
- Oct. 17 - at Ohio State*
- Oct. 24 - Maryland* (Baltimore)
- Oct. 31 - ILLINOIS*
- Nov. 7 - at Northwestern*
- Nov. 14 - Open Date
- Nov. 21 - MICHIGAN*
- Nov. 28 - at Michigan State*
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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.
With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.
On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.
The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.
Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.
While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.