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Wandering with Penn State – 2020!

The NFL just released the 2020 schedule and with it, fans everywhere logged on to see when and where they can see their team in action. This year, it’s extra exciting as cabin fever no doubt has crept into the avid spectator – like me.

Every year, I try to combine my travel to see Penn State with a trip to see the Bills on the same weekend. The last couple of years, the scheduling gods were on our side as we made a trip to Indiana to see the Hoosiers and Lions and then coupled it with the Bills at the Colts. Last year we caught Pitt and Penn State on Saturday before heading to Met Life to see the Bills beat the Giants (sorry Saquon).

What will this year hold? Let’s take a look at the Lions schedule to see what might work.

2020 Penn State Football Schedule

 

Sep. 5 Kent State Football ScheduleKent State Golden Flashes Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Catch some late season baseball with the Pirates in town against the Brewers on Thursday or the Braves Friday-Sunday. Over in Philly, the Marlins are in town for a weekend series.

Sep. 12Virginia Tech Football Scheduleat Virginia Tech Hokies Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA

The entrance of the Hokies is something every college football fan should experience and I plan on doing it this year – regardless of what else is happening in the area. For fans driving back to PA on Sunday, you might want to stop in either Washington for the Eagles game or Baltimore for the Browns game.

Sep. 19San Jose State Football ScheduleSan Jose State Spartans Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

This game will be empty, but it will be a great opportunity get 50-yard line seats on the cheap! Combine it with a Broncos/Steelers game on Sunday to catch KJ Hamler with his new team! Down in Philly, the Eagles take on the Rams on Sunday and the Braves are in town for a weekend Series.

Sep. 26Northwestern Football ScheduleNorthwestern Wildcats Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Bill O’Brien is back in the state when his Texans visit the Steelers on Sunday and the Reds are in town for a 4-game series against the Pirates starting on Thursday. If you haven’t been to PNC Park yet, you need to go! It ranks up there as one of the best stadium views in the country.

Oct. 3Michigan Football Scheduleat Michigan Wolverines Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

Catch the Lions on the road at Michigan. If you’re lucky, you might be able to make it double-header with Central Michigan visiting Eastern Michigan right next door. On Sunday, stick around for the Lions as they host the Saints – and maybe get a chance to see Tommy Stevens in action.

Oct. 17Iowa Football ScheduleIowa Hawkeyes Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

This would be a bit of a stretch, but doable. The Bills host the Chiefs on a Thursday night game in Orchard Park.I had the opportunity to attend a Thursday night game in Buffalo and let me tell you…it’s something special.  Make the 4 hour drive on Friday through what will likely be some great fall colors before hitting the Penn State/Iowa game on Saturday. If that’s too much, head to Pittsburgh on Sunday for the Steelers as they host the Browns. And if you’re really adventurous, hit them all!

Oct. 24Ohio State Football ScheduleOhio State Buckeyes Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Nothing beats a Whiteout. Period.That alone is worth the trip. We’ve done several over the years including huge wins against Michigan and Ohio State and heartbreaking losses against the Buckeyes. We might try to make this one again. It will be a late night, but for Bills fans, you can make the drive over to Jersey for the Bills/Jets game on Sunday. If you can, kickoff your weekend with a Thursday night game at the Linc as the Eagles host the Giants.

Oct. 31Indiana Football Scheduleat Indiana Hoosiers Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN

Bloomington is a great college town. We had a fun time there a couple of years ago – and we even flew in/out of Cincinnati.  Do that again and you can catch the Titans vs the Bengals on Sunday.

Nov. 7Nebraska Football Scheduleat Nebraska Cornhuskers Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE

Nebraska is another site on my list, but a November game is pushing it weather wise. If you fly through KC, you can catch Matt Rhule and YGM as the Panthers take on Super Bowl Champion Chiefs.

Nov. 14Michigan State Football ScheduleMichigan State Spartans Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Yet another chance to take in a Steelers game on Sunday as they host the Bengals.

Nov. 21Maryland Football ScheduleMaryland Terrapins Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA 

Nothing close, but if you’re flying in and out of Baltimore, can do the Ravens and Titans on Sunday or a little further south, the Redskins take on the Bengals.

Nov. 28Rutgers Football Scheduleat Rutgers Scarlet Knights SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ 

Not far from Piscataway, the Dolphins and Mike Gesicki take on the Jets. Down in Philly, the Eagles host the Seahawks on a Monday Night game!

Dec. 5Big Ten Football ScheduleBig Ten Championship Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

With any luck, the Lions will be back in the B1G Championship Game in Indy. The 2016 game was definitely one for the ages. Check back after the NBA releases their schedule. Maybe the Pacers will be in town.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get back to our normal routines. A full college football stadium will be a great indicator that our lives are back on track. Virginia Tech in September is already planned.  If we’re lucky, we’ll get to either the Whiteout against Ohio State or the week before against Iowa.

Where will you be wandering this year?

 

Stop wondering! Start wandering!

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