Penn State Football: 10 storylines that will define Nittany Lions’ 2021 season

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9. Penn State Football’s Schedule

 There are a lot of games on the 2021 Penn State schedule that are intriguing.

Starting right off the bat with a Week 1 trip to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers, who came in at number 12 in college football’s preseason AP poll. This game could very well set the tone for the rest of the Nittany Lions’ season.

Penn State Football also has a couple of great non-conference games this season. The Lions take on Ball State, who are the defending MAC champions, and very good SEC program in Auburn. Those two matchups take place in consecutive weeks.

The Nittany Lions also have a couple of games against ranked Big Ten foes, Iowa and Indiana, that should be very competitive games. They also have a revenge opportunity on the road against an improved Maryland team who beat the Nittany Lions in2020, potentially their ugliest loss of the season. Penn State should not overlook their matchup against a Rutgers team on the rise either.

Finally, Penn State has a late October trip to Columbus to try to knock off the defending Big Ten Champions, Ohio State. Fans should hope for the Nittany Lions to go into that game with (at worst) one conference loss. So that with an upset win, Penn State would put themselves in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East.

It is exciting to look at the schedule and seeing a lot of games that should be very competitive, and just simply be great football games.