2022 Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule: Dates, Times and Analysis
The Nittany Lions were ranked as high as number four in 2021 after a 5-0 start, which turned into a 7-6 finish as the Nittany Lions lost five of their last seven games, including the Outback Bowl against Arkansas.
Penn State’s schedule is similar to 2021, with their third-straight season opener on the road against a conference opponent. There is also a trip to The Plains to face Auburn. The crossover schedule is not horrible as they visit Purdue and get Minnesota and Northwestern at home. It feels like an important year in Happy Valley, especially after how last year finished and the Nittany Lions being 11-11 over the past two seasons.
Here is a look at Penn State’s 2022 schedule with dates, times, opponents, and analysis:
WEEK 1 – AT PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
Date: September 1
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Penn State has won nine in a row in the series. This game will be their third-straight season opener on the road (1-1), with all of them being against conference foes. Does Penn State have enough offense, and can the defense get enough stops to keep up with Purdue’s high-octane attack?
WEEK 2 – VS. OHIO BOBCATS
Date: September 10
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
The last time Ohio came to Happy Valley, they walked out a winner in 2012. That was a long time ago. Penn State will have two extra days to prepare for the Bobcats. This matchup should be a soft spot in between two tough road trips.
WEEK 3 – AT AUBURN TIGERS
Date: September 17
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
The Nittany Lions pulled out a 28-20 win in a raucous atmosphere in Beaver Stadium. This time the game is down south in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn is kind of in disarray, but it’s a road game in the SEC East.
WEEK 4 – VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS
Date: September 24
This game is the second all-time matchup between the two programs. Again, a good scheduling move from Penn State to pad the landing after a trip to Auburn.
WEEK 5 – VS. NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
Date: October 1
Penn State re-enters conference play against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Nittany Lions have lost two of the last three, including a home loss in 2014. However, that was a long time ago, and outside of 2020, PSU has been solid in October conference games.
WEEK 6 – BYE
WEEK 7 – AT MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Date: October 15
Penn State is 7-5 against Michigan since 2008 in a series with its fair share of close games and blowouts. Last year, Michigan hung on for a 21-17 win at Penn State. Penn State is slightly less talented than Michigan, which makes this road trip difficult.
WEEK 8 – VS. MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
Date: October 15
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Another Big Ten Trophy Game! This one is the Governor’s Victory Bell. Penn State lost the last meeting between the two programs in 2019, and the series is a close 9-6. PSU’s win over the Gophers in 2016 helped turn James Franklin’s tenure around. Can it happen again? Also, this is Penn State’s annual ‘White Out Game.’
WEEK 9 – VS. OHIO STATE
Date: October 29
The Nittany Lions have lost nine of the last ten in the series, most of them in soul-crushing fashion. A Halloween visit from the Buckeyes will be scary, but Beaver Stadium will be striped out and ready to rock. Again, PSU has lost nine of ten.
WEEK 10 – AT INDIANA HOOSIERS
Date: November 5
Penn State got their revenge for ‘The Reach’ in 2020. The Nittany Lions own the series, losing only twice to IU (23-2). Last season, they showed their dominance in a 24-0 shutout win. However, it’s November, and James Franklin is still the head coach.
WEEK 11 – VS. MARYLAND TERRAPINS
Date: November 12
A supposed rivalry that has been dominated by Penn State (41-3-1). It’ll be strength against strength as Maryland features an explosive offense. It’ll help to be at home, but this has a similar feel to the game against Purdue.
WEEK 12 – AT RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Date: November 19
Penn State is 30-2 against Rutgers, which includes eight games since the Scarlet Knights joined the conference. This game will be a low-scoring affair on both sides. Penn State has allowed Rutgers to crack double-digits once (10) since 2014.
WEEK 13 – VS. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Date: November 26
Can we get another snow game for the Land Grant Trophy? MSU broke a series tie last year with a 30-27 win in East Lansing. Penn State and Michigan State have split the past six in the series, including the previous three at Beaver Stadium. This one always flies under the radar on a day with some more established rivalries.