The Penn State Nittany Lions have added two future home dates with non-conference foes, Georgia State and Kent State. They also announced a change in date for the Pitt game scheduled for Beaver Stadium in 2017.
Penn State and Georgia State will meet for the first time ever on Sept. 16, 2017 at Beaver Stadium, according to a contract obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Based on the pact signed by Georgia State and Penn State, the Panthers stand to make $1.2 million by coming to Penn State. The Panthers, a fledgling program in their 4th year of existence, are a part of the Sun Belt Conference. They are coached by Trent Miles. Some may recall the recent affiliation between Georgia State’s football staff and Penn State football staff.
In June, the Georgia State coaching staff hosted head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions staff. The move rankled the feathers of many of the SEC’s head coaches including Georgia’s Mark Richt. Now the Nittany Lions are returning the favor by hosting the Panthers in their first ever trip to Happy Valley.
The move to add Georgia State to the slate has completed the schedule for 2017. The 2017 schedule features nine Big Ten opponents.
Penn State also announced the addition of the Kent State Golden Flashes out of the Mid-American Conference to the 2018 non-conference schedule. That game is set to be played in Beaver Stadium Sept. 15, 2018. Penn State has won the previous four meetings between the two squads. Penn State will also host Kent State on Sept. 2, 2015.
In a final scheduling move the Penn State Athletic Dept. announced a change-in-date for the game against their long-time rivals, the Pittsburgh Panthers. The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 16, 2017 will now be moved up a week to Sept. 9, 2017 to accommodate the addition of Georgia State to the docket. The contest will still be played in Beaver Stadium. The game against Pitt will be the second game in a four year series against their nemesis. The Pittsburgh Panthers will host the Nittany Lions in 2016 and 2018, and Penn State will host the Panthers in 2017 and 2019.
Penn State has now completed its 2016 and 2017 schedules. One non-conference date remains for both the 2015 and 2018 slates.
You can check out this years and other future Penn State schedules below.
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