Who else can’t wait to sit in the stands and cheer on the Nittany Lions? After a forgettable 2020 season, the Lions will be back and ready to compete for a B1G Title and more. With a little help, they’ll be in a position to visit Indy twice in the same year.
Let’s take a look at their schedule to see if we can parley their games with any others to make it a an even better sports weekend.
September 4 – at wisconsin
In a twist, they open the season on the road against a perennial B1G contender, Wisconsin. What a great time of year to visit Madison! Start your weekend early as the Giants visit the Brewers on Thursday over in Milwaukee. The annual Taste of Madison is happening this weekend too.
September 11 – vs ball state
The Lions open the home season with Ball State. This will be the first ever matchup against these two. With restrictions being lifted little by little, I’m optimistic we will see a full house!
September 18 – vs auburn
This one will be crazy! The SEC travels norths! It’s the first time these two will play against each other in a non-bowl setting. And only the third time overall, with each with a single win to their credit. While no theme has been set, you can bet this with either be a Whiteout or a Stripeout. If you need more, the Raiders visit the Steelers on Sunday or the Marlins are in town for the weekend against the Pirates. Over in Philly, the Mets are in town for the weekend and the 9ers visit the Eagles on Sunday. Down in Baltimore, the Orioles host the Red Sox and the Ravens play the Chiefs on Sunday night.
September 25 – vs villanova
Penn State continues its trend to support other in-state schools by providing visibility and funding. Villanova is the next
victim opponent. The Wildcats are more known for their basketball program, but they do have a National Title to their credit from 2009. Over in Pittsburgh, the Steelers host the Bengals on Sunday while the Phillies are in town for a 4-game series against the Pirates.
October 2 – vs indiana
He was out! Indiana comes to town and you can bet the Lions will be fired up for this one. Over in Philly, the Phils take on the Marlins for the weekend and the Chiefs vist the Linc and the Eagles.
October 9 – at iowa
Iowa ranks up there in my view as a place to visit and see a game. The only issue is, it’s in the middle of nowhere. For the hearty fans, take the drive to KC early on Sunday to catch a repeat of the AFC Championship game as Bills Mafia returns to Arrowhead in a Sunday night matchup.
October 23 – vs illinois
Brett Bielema returns to Beaver Stadium. I still remember him taking advantage of a loophole and kicking the ball out of bounds to run out the clock at the half. Genius or Loser? Down in Baltimore, the Ravens host the Bengals on Sunday.
October 30 – at ohio state
The Lions visit the evil empire. I must say, we had a great time in Columbus when we visited in 2017, except for the final score. Not much else happening at the moment, but check back to see if the Blue Jackets are in town.
November 6 – at Maryland
Make it a great weekend and catch the Lions at Maryland on Saturday, then head to Baltimore on Sunday for the Ravens vs Vikings to see Odafe Oweh in his new threads.
November 13 – vs michigan
Nothing beats a Whiteout. Okay, well maybe a Whiteout topped off by win. We experienced that in 2017 against Michigan. Every college fan needs to experience the Whiteout – let alone any Penn State fan. If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? If you’re a Michigander, this is your weekend as the Lions visit the Steelers on Sunday.
November 20 – vs Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights come to town in another late-season matchup between these two. it’s Senior Day, so be there to support our out-going Seniors! Over in Philly, the Eagles host the Saints.
November 27 – at Michigan state
The regular season comes to a close in East Lansing. Start your weekend early and catch the Lions as they host the Bears on a Thursday Night matchup in Detroit. If you’re really into football, head up to Mount Pleasant, Michigan to take in a directional Michigan matchup as Eastern Michigan visits Central Michigan on Friday night.
December 4 – B1G Championship
Can the Lions make a run for the Title? Indy is a great place for big events. In 2018, we flew into Cincy and made the drive to Bloomington for the Hoosier game. Then we drove up to Indy for the Bills vs Colts game before heading back to Cincy to fly out. Granted, that was in October, but it’s definitely doable. If you do that, the Bengals host the Chargers on Sunday.
Let’s hope the Lions bounce back strong and are in the run for playoff spot. There are some great options to catch them this year. What’s your favorite?