Penn State’s full lineup of games was released on Wednesday.
The schedule consists of largely similar non-conference opponents with one major addition. The Nittany Lions will take on the defending NCAA champion Yale Bulldogs in February.
Starting off the year, Penn State will have two scrimmages. The Nittany Lions host Lafayette on January 19 and Army on January 26.
The regular season kicks off the same way it did last year. The Nittany Lions host Villanova on February 2 with hopes of earning a big win over a Wildcat team that squeaked out an overtime victory in the opener last season.
Penn State will stay at home to play against Robert Morris on February 9. The Colonials also stole a win in Panzer Stadium last year, so the Nittany Lions will be looking to get revenge in back-to-back games right off the bat.
After spending time in the revamped home stadium, Penn State will go on the road for two games. First, the team will travel to Stony Brook, a familiar foe, for a game on February 16. Then, it’s the matchup that everyone is looking forward to as the Nittany Lions head to Yale.
The game, which takes place on February 23, features a battle for the ages at the faceoff x. Penn State junior Gerard Arceri and the Bulldogs’ big addition TD Irelan will be the matchup to watch throughout the contest.
Penn State then returns home for a game against Penn, who the Nittany Lions handled well last season.
It’s back on the road after a one-game return as the team will head to North Carolina, where the Nittany Lions will face Cornell on March 8 and Jacksonville on March 10. Penn State has a shot at avenging last year’s defeat at the hands of Cornell while also starting something new. It will be the first time Penn State and Jacksonville have faced off in program history.
Before conference play begins, the Nittany Lions will play Cleveland State, a team they dominated last year, on March 23.
From there on, it’s all Big Ten action for Penn State.
The first conference game will take place at Maryland on March 31. This was an exciting game that came down to the wire in 2018, but the Nittany Lions hope to be on the winning side this time in a very tough test.
Penn State returns home the next week to host Ohio State on April 7. The Nittany Lions were dominant in Ohio Stadium last year, and they’ll look to put up a similar performance in front of the home crowd in 2019.
Penn State will go back on the road for its last away game of conference play in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Nittany Lions will get a chance at their first win in Michigan’s new stadium on April 13.
The regular season closes with two crucial games against quality opponents. First, Johns Hopkins returns to Panzer Stadium hoping to avenge last season’s loss on April 20.
Then, Penn State will face Rutgers on April 27 to close out the year. The Scarlet Knights derailed Penn State’s hopes at making it into the postseason in 2018, so this will be an important match to end the regular season.
The Nittany Lions have a chance to earn back some tough losses suffered last season and make it into the Big Ten Tournament in Piscataway, NJ.