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Big Ten releases new PSU slate

From Mirror, wire reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s season will tentatively open Sept. 5 at Beaver Stadium against Northwestern.

The Big Ten announced a 10-game conference-only football schedule and medical protocols for all sports Wednesday.

Season ticket holders will be emailed information regarding the 2020 football season today.

The Big Ten schedule will span 12 weeks with each team having two open dates.

PSU will play at Michigan on Sept. 19 and host Ohio State on Nov. 7 in the home finale. The Wolverines’ matchup at Ohio State on Oct. 24 will mark the first time since 1942 that the game didn’t fall on the conference’s final Saturday.

The schedule was constructed to allow the season to start as early as Sept. 5 and provides the ability to move the start of the season back to Sept. 12, 19 or 26 through strategic sequencing that allows games to be moved to a latter part of the schedule.

Penn State previously was supposed to play nine league games, but after the league dropped non-conference games, Illinois was added to the Nov. 21 spot.

The entire Big Ten will finish Nov. 21 unless Nov. 28 is needed for makeup games.

The Big Ten championship game set for Dec. 5 in Indianapolis.

The Big Ten was the last of the Power Five conferences to announce its schedule as college football navigates how to play games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re approaching this entire process on a day-to-day basis,” Commissioner Kevin Warren said on the Big Ten Network. “We’re gathering medical information daily, we’re communicating with all of our constituents in the Big Ten and communicating with student-athletes. This will not be a straight line this year.”

Regular-season game times will be announced as they are confirmed.

2020 schedule

Sept. 5: vs. Northwestern

Sept. 12: at Indiana

Sept. 19: at Michigan

Sept. 26: vs. Michigan State

Oct. 3: at Rutgers

Oct. 10: Open

Oct. 17: vs. Maryland

Oct. 24: vs. Iowa

Oct. 31: at Nebraska

Nov. 7: vs. Ohio State

Nov. 14: Open

Nov. 21: at Illinois

Dec. 5: Big Ten title game

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