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Big Ten Updates 2022 Football Schedules

Penn State has an updated football schedule for 2022, as a result of the Big Ten’s conference-wide schedule shuffle.

Detailed view of the Big 10 championship trophy Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, The Big Ten officially announced updates to the upcoming 2022 football schedule. In an effort to remediate some of the discrepancies the 2020 season left behind, several teams received a combination of changed locations, changed dates, and in the cases of Penn State, Illinois, Northwestern, and Indiana, changed opponents.

The biggest change for the Nittany Lions comes in the addition of Northwestern to the schedule, which replaces Illinois. The Illini played in State College the past two seasons, and were they to remain on the schedule, they would have played Penn State on the road for three consecutive seasons.

The Nittany Lions still open on the road against Purdue, but now face Ohio State later in the season, and with separation from the Michigan contest. The Land Grant Trophy game is also back to its rightful place at the end of the season.

The following table shows the old and new schedule next to each other for comparison.

Penn State Schedule Comparison (2022)

Date Old New
Date Old New
September 3 at Purdue at Purdue
September 10 Ohio Ohio
September 17 at Auburn at Auburn
September 24 Central Michigan Central Michigan
October 1 Ohio State Northwestern
October 8 at Michigan BYE
October 15 Illinois at Michigan
October 22 BYE Minnesota
October 29 Michigan State Ohio State
November 5 at Indiana at Indiana
November 12 Maryland Maryland
November 19 Minnesota at Rutgers
November 26 at Rutgers Michigan State

All in all, this seems a lot more favorable to Penn State, as they no longer play Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State in the span of a month, with Illinois sandwiched in. They also get a bye before taking on Michigan this season, and, as already mentioned, Michigan State is back at the end of the season. Swapping Illinois for Northwestern may end up being a wash, but the Wildcats have a knack for winning division titles after failing to eclipse four wins in a season.

Last, but not least, Dave Revisine of The Big Ten Network mentioned that future schedules are going to be updated as well, since the changes in 2022 have an effect on the years that follow.