PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the sideline during the first half against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Penn State football just wrapped up another pretty successful season. After back-to-back 11-win campaigns, the Nittany Lions will play for a 10th win in whichever bowl game it winds up in.
Some may be a bit disappointed with the third-place division finish, but overall, Penn State remains a factor in the very tough Big Ten East, and are a Top 15 or 20 program in a “down” season, relative to the last two. That’s a pretty good place to be.
This year, Penn State led off with a scare, getting past Appalachian State in overtime. The Nittany Lions blasted eventual ACC Coastal champion Pitt, and handled struggling MAC program Kent State.
Here is what the future non-conference schedules for Penn State football look like.
Match-ups via FBSchedules:
2019: vs. Idaho (Aug. 31), vs. Buffalo (Sept. 7), vs. Pitt (Sept. 14)
2020: vs. Nevada (Sept. 5), at Virginia Tech (Sept. 12), vs. San Jose State (Sept. 19
2021: vs. Ball State (Sept. 11), vs. Auburn (Sept. 18), vs. Villanova (Sept. 25)
2022: at Auburn (Sept. 17), vs. Central Michigan (Sept. 24)
2023: vs. West Virginia (Sept. 2), vs. Delaware (Sept. 9)
2024: at West Virginia (Aug. 31), vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 7)
2025: vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 6), vs. Villanova (Sept. 13)
2026: at Temple (Sept. 12)
2027: vs. Delaware (Sept. 11), vs. Temple (Sept. 18)
Penn State is totally booked through 2021, and have their Power Five series locked up through 2026, so that is the earliest you’ll likely see a big match-up scheduled.