Find out when, where and against what team the Nittany Lions are playing this fall
Here's the Penn State football schedule with a full list of the Nittany Lions' 2019 opponents, game locations, with game times, TV channels coming as they're announced. Updated results with final scores will be added throughout the season.
Penn State Nittany Lions 2019 Schedule
Date, Opponent, (Location)
Saturday, Aug. 31: Penn State 79, Idaho 7
Saturday, Sept. 7: Penn State 45, Buffalo 13
Saturday, Sept. 14: Penn State 17, Pitt 10
Friday, Sept. 27: Penn State 59, Maryland 0
Saturday, Oct. 5: Penn State 35, Purdue 7
Saturday, Oct. 12: Penn State 17, Iowa 12
Saturday, Oct. 19: Penn State 28, Michigan 21
Saturday, Oct. 26: Penn State 28, Michigan State 7
Saturday, Nov. 9: Minnesota 31, Penn State 26
Saturday, Nov. 16: Penn State 34, Indiana 27
Saturday, Nov. 23: Ohio State 28, Penn State 17
Saturday, Nov. 30: Penn State 27, Rutgers 6
Saturday, Dec. 28: Penn State 53, Memphis 39 in Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Arlington, Texas)
Week 1 – Aug. 31 vs. Idaho (University Park, Pa.)
Penn State opens the new season with a home game against an FCS opponent when Idaho travels to Beaver Stadium. The first meeting between the two programs should be an easy tune-up for the Nittany Lions. When the game was originally scheduled, Idaho was an FBS member of the Sun Belt Conference, but the Vandals stepped down to FCS last year.
Week 2 – Sept. 7 vs. Buffalo (University Park, Pa.)
After Idaho, Buffalo makes its third trip to Penn State in Week 2. Buffalo is coming off a 10-4 season but will be in a bit of a transition after losing their star quarterback and wide receiver. Don’t be shocked if Buffalo hangs tough, but Penn State should end this one with a 2-0 record. Penn State is 2-0 all-time against Buffalo, with the most recent game being played in 2015.
Week 3 – Sept. 14 vs. Pitt (University Park, Pa.)
The fourth and final installment in the renewed rivalry with Pitt will be played in Week 3, with Penn State staying home for the game. Having won the last two meetings in the series, Penn State has a chance to clinch a winning record against the defending ACC Coastal Division champions. This should be a solid test to close out non-conference play before the first road trip of the season.
Week 5 – Sept. 27 at Maryland (College Park, Md.)
Big Ten play opens on the road for Penn State with a road trip south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Maryland is ushering in a new era with Michael Locksley as head coach, and a statement opportunity against Penn State should inspire the Terrapins to be a threat. Both teams are coming off a bye week before this game, allowing for plenty of prep time. Penn State still has a talent and depth advantage, so it will be up to the coaching staff to have the game plan ready to execute.
Week 6 – Oct. 5 vs. Purdue (University Park, Pa.)
Penn State returns home to take on a rising Purdue program led by Jeff Brohm. Trying to slow down Rondale Moore in the passing game will be key for the Penn State secondary. Purdue can be a serious threat, but playing on the road is something that still poses some problems for the Boilermakers. That could play to Penn State's advantage in Week 6.
Week 7 – Oct. 12 at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
Penn State heads back on the road in Big Ten play for the second time in three weeks with a trip to Iowa City, where no game is ever easy. Iowa will be happy to be home this week after playing on the road at Michigan the previous week. Will the Hawkeyes be beat up from a physical game the week before? Penn State will be in for a stiff test in mid-October.
Week 8 – Oct. 19 vs. Michigan (University Park, Pa.)
The last few meetings in this series have been lopsided in favor of the home teams, each with revenge on the mind going in. After getting squashed by the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last week, Penn State will look to keep that trend going in a key Big Ten East battle. The stakes will be high with both teams getting Ohio State later in the season, while the loser will have an uphill battle to get into the Big Ten Championship Game.
Week 9 – Oct. 26 at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)
Penn State has dropped each of the last two meetings with the Spartans in painful fashion. When the Nittany Lions head out to East Lansing in late October, they will be doing so coming off what should be a physical and potentially an emotionally draining game against the Wolverines. How much will Penn State have left on the road against Mark Dantonio's Spartans?
Week 11 – Nov. 9 at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.)
By now, we'll know just what kind of position Penn State is in for the East Division race. Penn State and Minnesota will each have a bye week to prepare for this one, and the bye week could come at a good time for James Franklin's Nittany Lions. Although this could be a trap game, Penn State should hold the upper hand going in. They’ll have to be careful in this spot though. Minnesota beat Penn State their last time in Minnesota in 2013 and the '16 game went to overtime in State College. And Minnesota is better now.
Week 12 – Nov. 16 vs. Indiana (University Park, Pa.)
Penn State returns home for a game against Indiana. The home cooking should be good in this spot too with a possible mega matchup looming the following week. Penn State has dominated this series and is riding a five-game winning streak against the Hoosiers, including last year's 33-28 victory. Penn State is undefeated at home against Indiana (10-0).
Week 13 – Nov. 23 at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio)
This could be a big one. If Penn State can manage to win games against Michigan and Michigan State and avoid a loss elsewhere in Big Ten play, this showdown with the Buckeyes one state over could ultimately determine the fate of the Big Ten East with just one week remaining. Transition will be the theme for the Buckeyes this season but Ohio State still has the look of a top Big Ten contender in 2019. The last few games in this series have been tight, and this one could keep that trend going in late November when there could be much riding on the outcome.
Week 14 – Nov. 30 vs. Rutgers (University Park, Pa.)
No matter what happens the previous week in Ohio Stadium, Penn State should absolutely be ready to end the regular season with a win at home. Rutgers is once again a program looking at a likely struggle in 2019 and the end of the year may not come soon enough for the Scarlet Knights. Penn State should end the regular season as they should start it, with a comfortable victory at home.
— Schedule analysis by Kevin McGuire
Below is a look at the previous year's schedule, with final scores for each game.
Penn State Nittany Lions 2018 Schedule
|Sat., Sept. 1||
|University Park, Pa.||W, 45-38 (OT)||BTN|
|Sat., Sept. 8||
|Pittsburgh, Pa.||W, 51-6||ABC|
|Sat., Sept. 15||
|University Park, Pa.||W, 63-10||FS1|
|Fri., Sept. 21||
|Champaign, Ill.||W, 63-24||FS1|
|Sat., Sept. 29||
|University Park, Pa.||L, 27-26||ABC|
|Sat., Oct. 13||
|University Park, Pa.||L, 21-17||BTN|
|Sat., Oct. 20||
|Bloomington, Ind.||W, 33-28||ABC|
|Sat., Oct. 27||
|Iowa City, Iowa||W, 30-24||ESPN|
|Sat., Nov. 3||
|Ann Arbor, Mich.||L, 42-7||ESPN|
|Sat., Nov. 10||
|East Lansing, Mich.||W, 22-10||ABC|
|Sat., Nov. 17||
|Piscataway, N.J.||W, 20-7||BTN|
|Sat., Nov. 24||
|University Park, Pa.||W, 38-3||ABC|
|Tues., Jan. 1||
|Orlando, Fla.||L, 27-24||ABC|
Note: Time and TV subject to change.