Both head coaches released statements that showcased their excitement for the start of the season and to confirm the game at MetLife.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to open the 2013 season in a fantastic venue like MetLife Stadium against Syracuse, a team that Penn State has more than 90 years of tradition with on the football field,” said Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. “With nearly 30,000 Penn State alumni in the New York-New Jersey metro area, we are looking forward to playing in front of a passionate base of Penn State supporters. It will be exciting for our team to open the 2013 season in the same facility that will end the year by hosting Super Bowl XLVIII.”
Syracuse played at MetLife Stadium in September of last year in a game against the USC Trojans, so they are no strangers to the stadium, but this will be the first time that Scott Shafer takes the field as Syracuse head coach.
“We look forward to starting our 2013 season by rekindling an age-old rivalry against a prestigious Penn State program,” said Shafer. “It is a great opportunity for us to kick off the three-game series with the Nittany Lions in front of one of our largest alumni fan bases at MetLife Stadium.”
Penn State and Syracuse have played each other 70 times, with the Nittany Lions holding a 42-23-5 advantage in the head-to-head series.