Thursday, September 2, 2010

Divisions Okay With Me...Robert Bolden Surprises

In my view it was important to preserve Ohio State as an annual border rivalry and the closest B10 rival geographically.  Wisconsin is also a good opponent and always a fun atmosphere to visit - my favorite Big Ten away game venue - but Thanksgiving weekend every other year in Madison?  Sounds cold.

We will need to get used to not playing Michigan as often.  But when we do it will be a big game.

The rest of our regular opponents - Illinois, Indiana and Purdue - provide competitive balance and preserve some other rivalries.  I would prefer one less team from Indiana but it's okay.  

I love the idea of a Penn State-Nebraska annual rivalry game and we got that as a permanent "crossover" game! 

2011/2012 schedules now look like this:

Schedule PSU 2011:

9/3 Indiana State
9/10 Alabama
9/17 at Temple
9/24 Eastern Michigan
10/1 at Indiana
10/8 Iowa
10/15 Purdue
10/22 at Northwestern
10/29 Illinois
11/5 Open date
11/12 Nebraska
11/19 at Ohio State
11/26 at Wisconsin

November schedule looks like a tough one!!! Last two games away then possibly a championship game in Indianapolis? 

A lot of Nittany Lion fans will be disappointed that we're not playing Ohio State at home next year. But overall that's a one year problem and it's a decent home schedule. Alabama, Iowa, and Nebraska will come calling, and it will be fun to welcome both Alabama and Nebraska back to Beaver Stadium! 

Schedule PSU 2012:

9/1 Ohio
9/8 at Virginia
9/15 Navy
9/22 Temple
9/29 at Illinois
10/6 Northwestern
10/13 Open date
10/20 at Iowa
10/27 Ohio State
11/3 at Purdue
11/10 at Nebraska
11/17 Indiana
11/24 Wisconsin

Home game schedule includes Navy, Ohio State, Wisconsin.  Away game schedule - Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue and Nebraska - looks like fun.  A bit more of an even schedule, with not all big games back to back in November.

In meantime, Robert Bolden starts on Saturday.  A true freshman.

Coach Joe Paterno at his ripe old age continues to surprise!


  1. I love the new divisions..I was however a little disappointed that we didn't get OSU and Wisc at home though because that is how it originally was supposed to be. That would have been an amazing home schedule--OSU, Wisc, Iowa, Bama, nebraska..but I guess I will settle for Iowa, Bama, and nebraska

  2. I guess they had to compromise somewhere to ensure competitive balance for the future! I'm just happy about how things were divided.

    It will be a great deal of fun!