The 2014 Big 10 conference schedule was released earlier today (the entire schedule can be found here). That season will mark the first for the Big 10 under the new East-West divisional alignment, as well as the first season for newcomers Rutgers and Maryland. Here are the highlights:
- Penn State will open conference play at Rutgers on September 13th. This will be the first ever Big 10 game for the Scarlet Knights. The 9/13 date is actually the date originally scheduled for the PSU-Rutgers non-conference match. Rather than starting from scratch, the game was just converted to a Big 10 date. PSU will return to non-conference play the following week vs. UMass at home.
- The Lions get their first look at old eastern rival/new divisional rival Maryland in Beaver Stadium on November 1st. This will be the first time the two schools have met since 1993, when PSU hammered the Terps in College Park 70-7.
- Ohio State returns to Beaver Stadium on October 25th. I’ll just get this out of the way now: It will be a night game, and you will be wearing white.
- PSU returns to Michigan Stadium for the first time since 2009 on October 11th. The Lions and Wolverines meet for the first time since 2010 this coming fall in Happy Valley.
- THE LAND GRANT TROPHY IS BACK! PSU and Michigan State will renew the battle for this in the regular season finale in Beaver Stadium on November 29th.
- The Lions will also face Northwestern at home, along with trips to Indiana and Illinois.
- Expect the 2015 schedule to include these same teams, with home field flipped. The conference is still working out specific dates for games. The 2015 season will be the final Big 10 season with only 8 games, as the schedule expands to 9 in 2016.
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