Interesting bit of news being reported by 247sports today, as it appears Penn State and Texas are looking to put together a home-and-home series about a decade from now.
According to the article, Texas has a few programs it is interested in adding over the 2028-31 time frame, but it’s looking like the Nittany Lions might be the early favorite to grab the 2030-31 half of that block.
The Nittany Lions have been attempting to beef up their nonconference schedule since James Franklin took over as head coach, and they do have some marquee games coming up in future years.
They have a road game at Virginia Tech in 2020, and the Hokies come to Beaver Stadium in 2025. The Lions have a home-and-home with Auburn in 2021 and 2022, and then another with West Virginia in 2023 and 2024. These are the series that ultimately replace the Pitt games, which are off the schedule after the Panthers come to Beaver Stadium next year.
The Lions and Texas do have a bit of history they can choose to renew. The powerhouses have met five times all-time, with Penn State holding a 3-2 advantage. They last met in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl, which the Nittany Lions won, 38-15. Three of those five games have come at neutral sites, though.
The only time the Lions and Longhorns played a true home-and-home came in 1989 and 1990. The Lions won the 1989 game, 16-12, in Austin. Texas won the 1990 game, 17-13, at Beaver Stadium.