Pitt fans are going to love this one.
Penn State announced today that it has added a home-and-home series with Temple to its 2026 and 2027 nonconference schedules.
The Lions also announced a slew of other nonconference games: Villanova is coming to Beaver Stadium in 2021 and 2025. Delaware will be there in 2023 and 2027, and the Lions will host Central Michigan in 2022.
Villanova and Delaware are FCS programs, albeit good ones, and certainly the directional Michigan schools never move the needle much. But here’s guessing most of the talk when it comes to these announcements surrounds Temple gettingg a home-and-home, when that seemed to be a nonstarter in most minds for a renewal of the rivalry with Pitt, which ends next year.
I’m on the record, and I know it’s a point many Penn State fans don’t agree with. But, I think if you’re Penn State, you should be playing Pitt every year. And, if you’re going to go to Philly to play Temple one of those two years, you can go to Pittsburgh to play Pitt.
I think playing Pitt makes you better if you’re Penn State. Do you get anything from it, necessarily? No, especially considering it has not traditionally been an automatic victory. But it gives you a heated game in a different kind of atmosphere. Just about every program that competes for a national title year in and year out has that type of game on the schedule.
Were those two years on the table? I don’t pretend to know. But if they were, I’m with this guy on this one.
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) August 30, 2018