Nov 17, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions helmet sits on the field prior to the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Add Georgia State and Kent State to Future Schedules

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.

2014 Penn State Football Schedule:
Game Date Opponent Location
1 8/30/2014 UCF A – Dublin, Ireland
2 9/6/2014 Akron H
3 9/13/2014 Rutgers A
4 9/20/2014 Umass H
5 9/27/2014 Northwestern H
6 10/11/2014 Michigan A
7 10/25/2014 Ohio State H
8 11/1/2014 Maryland H
9 11/8/2014 Indiana A
10 11/15/2014 Temple H
11 11/22/2014 Illinois A
12 11/29/2014 Michigan State H
2015 Penn State Football Schedule:
Game Date Opponent Location
1 9/5/2015 Temple A
2 9/12/2015 Buffalo H
3 9/19/2015 Rutgers H
4 9/26/2015 San Deigo State H
5 10/10/2015 Indiana H
6 10/17/2015 Ohio State A
7 10/24/2015 Maryland A
8 10/31/2015 Illinois H
9 11/7/2015 Northwestern A
10 11/21/2015 Michigan H
11 11/28/2015 Michigan State A


2016 Penn State Football Schedule:
Game Date Opponent Location
1 9/3/2016 Kent St H
2 9/10/2016 Pitt A
3 9/17/2016 Temple H
9/24/2016 Open Date
4 10/1/2016 Minnesota H
5 10/8/2016 Maryland H
6 10/15/2016 Michigan A
7 10/22/2016 Ohio State H
8 10/29/2016 Purdue A
9 11/5/2016 Iowa H
10 11/12/2016 Indiana A
11 11/19/2016 Rutgers A
12 11/26/2016 Michigan State H
2017 Penn State Football Schedule:
Game Date Opponent Location
1 9/2/2017 Akron H
2 9/9/2017 Pitt H
3 9/16/2017 Georgia State H
9/23/2017 Open Date
4 9/30/2017 Indiana H
5 10/7/2017 Northwestern A
6 10/14/2017 Iowa A
7 10/21/2017 Michigan H
8 10/28/2017 Ohio State A
9 11/4/2017 Michigan State A
10 11/11/2017 Rutgers H
11 11/18/2017 Nebraska H
12 11/25/2017 Maryland A
2018 Penn State Football Schedule:
Game Date Opponent Location
9/1/2018 TBA
1 9/8/2018 Pitt A
2 9/15/2018 Kent State H
3 9/22/2018 Illinois A
4 9/29/2018 Ohio State H
10/6/2018 TBA
5 10/13/2018 Michigan State H
6 10/20/2018 Indiana A
7 10/27/2018 Iowa H
8 11/3/2018 Michigan A
9 11/10/2018 Wisconsin H
10 11/17/2018 Rutgers A
11 11/24/2018 Maryland H
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