Coming off the heels of a surprising run to the Big Ten championship and an appearance in the Rose Bowl, the expectations have been raised for Penn State in 2017 from every angle you look. With that being the case, Penn State will now have to face going through a season that could see the Nittany Lions as the favorite in every game they play, with the exception of a road game at Ohio State.
The higher expectations for the defending Big Ten champions have created plenty of buzz for the new season, and this year’s schedule features some good home games for fans. Two of those will be revenge games against the only two teams to hand Penn State a loss in the regular season last year, and they both happen to be against teams Penn State fans would love to see beaten on the field.
If Penn State is going to make the leap into the College Football Playoff, the schedule sets up fairly well to make the case at the end of the year if this team takes care of things on the field.
2017 Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule
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— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback as well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.