Penn State Football 2021 schedule: 3 trap games to worry about

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee (Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
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Penn State Football will play a tough slate of road games in 2021 but must be aware or a few trap situations that lie ahead 

Penn State Football’s schedule may be the toughest in head coach James Franklin’s tenure.

The Nittany Lions will travel to Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa while they play host to Auburn, Michigan and Indiana.

In addition to those contests, it may be the games on here that some may overlook at first glance, however, as trap games lie ahead for a Penn State Football team looking to bounce back from a lackluster 2020.

These trap games are bad spots in the schedule where maybe the Nittany Lions overlook an opponent, a tricky road spot with a team on the upswing looking for a big upset victory.

Franklin and this program have fallen victim in these spots before, 2017 at Michigan State, 2018 home to Michigan State and Maryland in 2020.

College football is the ultimate pressure cooker, with your season potentially sitting on the line each week you take the field. A loss to a team that maybe you should not lose to could derail an otherwise perfect season.

Penn State Football will have to avoid these three trap games if they are going to accomplish what they hope to next fall.

No. 3: Week 12 – at Michigan State

Michigan State has been a proverbial thorn in the Nittany Lions’ side over the past few years, delivering some devastating losses when Penn State could least afford it.

Next season’s battle for the Land Grant Trophy will be the season finale, so the relevancy of this matchup will be determined by how the first 11 weeks of the season play out for Penn State Football.

This game becomes tricky if it could clinch a potential Big Ten championship berth, or a berth in a New Year’s Six Bowl, or even a Rose Bowl trip.

This year, the runner up in the Big Ten will head to the Rose Bowl, so that could be on the table in this one for the Nittany Lions.

A late November date means all kinds of weather could be on tap, fans will remember the almost four-hour weather delay at Spartan Stadium in 2017.

Weather could be an equalizer of talent, and the Spartans although they are in a rebuilding mode, are good enough