With most of the Big Ten’s schedule–including kickoff times–now announced, it’s time to take a closer look at the Nittany Lions’ out-of-conference schedule for the 2022 season. From trips to SEC country to home “gimme” games, Penn State football will have their work cut out for them throughout the month of September.
Week 2: University of Ohio
After facing off with the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette in week one, Penn State will kick off its home schedule against the University of Ohio. Following decades of solid football under former head coach Frank Solich, the Bobcats were unsure what to expect following his departure. In 2021, the school got its answer.
Last season Ohio football finished with a 3-9 record under first-year head coach Tim Albin. Albin — who has been with the program since 2005 — has faced one Big Ten opponent as a head coach: Northwestern, who dismantled the Bobcats, 35-6. As a head coach, Albin has a 2-4 road record and an 0-4 record against non-conference teams.
Not much is looking up for Ohio football right now, and just about everyone in the nation has already put this one in the win column for PSU. For Albin and Ohio football, the game against Penn State could be what their program needs to get back on track; however, for Penn State, this game should just be used to work off the rust before heading into Auburn.
This game will not generate much hype because of a 7-6 season on Penn State’s side and a 3-9 season on Ohio’s side. After all, not many people can get excited over a noon kickoff against one of the worst programs in the MAC — but it will likely be a beautiful fall Saturday in State College, and PSU will be playing football, guaranteeing that over 100,000 fans will pack into Beaver Stadium and cheer for a Penn State win.
Ohio at Penn State will kick off at noon on September 10th and will be covered by ABC.