The Big Ten released the conference’s updated 2020 schedule Saturday morning and here is how it’ll play out for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
It has been a roller coaster of emotions for the Big Ten. Ever since the conference decided to postpone the fall season, coaches, players, and fans pushed for the Big Ten to reconsider. The effort of those involved proved worthy as the conference announced on Tuesday that they would be starting the 2020 season on Oct. 24.
For Penn State, they look to make the College Football Playoff for the first time in the program’s history. The only question that is raised is how will the committee value and look at an undefeated Big Ten Champion compared to the rest of the field. Regardless, Penn State needs to control their own destiny and they have just the right schedule to do so.
2020 Penn State Football Schedule
- Oct. 24 at Indiana (Bloomington, IN): Win – The Nittany Lions are hungry and ready to play. Penn State’s offense looks in midseason form as the Hoosiers have no answers.
- Oct. 31 Ohio State (State College, PA): Loss – The biggest game of the season comes in game two of the season. If this was a typical White Out game, they’d get the edge, but the Buckeyes hand Penn State a heartbreaking loss.
- Nov. 7 Maryland (State College, PA): Win – Looking to bounce back, the Nittany Lions come out looking for blood. Journey Brown has a career game as Penn State gets above .500.
- Nov. 14 at Nebraska (Lincoln, NE): Win – The Cornhuskers were the strongest advocate to play but it’s going to result in some early-season losses, including this one.
- Nov. 21 Iowa (State College, PA): Win – Penn State has had Iowa’s number lately and nothing will change with their 2020 matchup. Sean Clifford shows out and gets the Nittany Lions to win No. 4.
- Nov. 28 at Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI): Win – It has been some time for Penn State since they won in Ann Arbor, but this is the year as they get it done and leave with a big win.
- Dec. 5 at Rutgers (Piscataway, NJ): Win – Blowout. Hopefully, the season has made it this far.
- Dec. 12 Michigan State (State College, PA): Win – Senior day and the final game of the 2020 season, and the Nittany Lions end it in convincing fashion over the Spartans.
- Dec. 19 Big Ten Championship (Indianapolis, IN)
Prediction: 8-1. Penn State doesn’t get the undefeated season they had hoped for but are still one of the best teams in the country. In a wild and wacky 2020 season, the Nittany Lions leave it all out on the field and leave plenty to build on heading into the 2021 season.