Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule
Beaver Stadium in Pennsylvania will be coming alive with tons of action
this football season, when the Penn State Nittany Lions take on their biggest competitors around the college football circuit
on the road as well as at home. The Nittany Lions have come off a tough few seasons marred by the Jerry Sandusky scandal that
had some ripple effect on the PSU football program, but the Nittany Lions have successfully bounced back and are a brand new
team looking for redemption on the football field. With tough games scheduled this season against big conference rivals like
the Indiana Hoosiers, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes and Maryland Terrapins, the Nittany Lions have their work cut
out for them on the football field. Fans of the Nittany Lions can head on over to Beaver Stadium to get access to all the
hottest football action in and around the state of Pennsylvania. This Big Ten competitor is looking for some big time wins
this season, and there are plenty of games on the Penn State football schedule to get excited about this year.
State Nittany Lions Football Conference
The Penn State Nittany Lions are part of the Big Ten Conference, which has
recently seen a shakeup with the addition of two teams into the conference: the Maryland Terrapins and Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Both of these teams play in Penn State's division, the East Division, along with the Indiana Hoosiers, Michigan Wolverines,
Michigan State Spartans, and Ohio State Buckeyes. Other teams in the Big Ten's West Division include the Purdue Boilermakers,
Illinois Fighting Illini, Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Wisconsin Badgers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Northwestern
Wildcats. The Big Ten is comprised of some of the best college football teams in the country, as teams like Ohio State and
Michigan have combined for 18 national titles over the last century. The Nittany Lions are always scrambling to top the Big
Ten, and this might just be the year that the Penn State football team makes big run for the Big Ten Conference title. Will
they be able to top the conference this season? Stay tuned into the college football madness to find out.
State Nittany Lions Football Rivalries
As a Big Ten powerhouse, the Penn State Nittany Lions see several conference
rivalries that have sparked over the last several years. One of the oldest -- although dormant until recently -- rivals of
the Nittany Lions is the Maryland Terrapins, one of the team's biggest competitors in the early 1900s. The Maryland - Penn
State rivalry heated up during the 1960s and continued into the '90s, but eventually fell silent. Now with the addition of
Maryland into the Big Ten Conference, it looks like the Nittany Lions will yet again get the Terrapins back as a big rival
on the football field. When it comes to Big Ten rivals, there are several trophy games between Penn State and other conference
teams, including the Michigan State Spartans. Penn State and Michigan State battled for the Land Grant Trophy between 1993
and 2010, and the big game will start up again with the 2014 season. Penn State and Minnesota also have a rivalry going for
the Governor's Victory Bell, which has been in effect since 1993. Outside of the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions see rivalries
against the Syracuse Orange, Temple Owls and West Virginia Mountaineers.
Penn State Nittany Lions Football Tournament
Like him or not, Joe Paterno was the coach that took the Penn State Nittany Lions to some of the most wins
in college football history. Paterno's Nittany Lions took home a bowl record of 18-12-1, and remains the only coach in college
football to have won all five major college bowls during his career. In sum, Penn State has earned more than 40 bowl game
berths, and the team was dubbed national championship winners in 1982, when they won the Sugar Bowl, and 1986, when they won
the Fiesta Bowl. Both of those glory years were coached by Paterno, helping to make him one of the winningest coaches in football
history. Aside from their two official national championship titles, the Nittany Lions have also had several undefeated seasons,
including those in 1887, 1912, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1986 and 1994.
Penn State Nittany Lions Football NFL Players
Penn State football program has spawned several huge careers for players that make it through the ranks of the college football
program. Although the team has only had one Heisman Trophy winner -- John Cappelletti in 1973 -- Penn State remains a heralded
powerhouse for NFL stars of the future. There are currently more than 30 NFL players that spent their college days at Penn
State, including wide receiver Deon Butler, kicker Robbie Gould, guard Rich Ohrnberger, center A.Q. Shipley, receiver Jordan
Norwood and more. Pro Football Hall of Famers that passed through the Penn State football program include linebacker Jack
Ham, running back Franco Harris, guard Mike Michalske, running back Lenny More, guard Mike Munchak and linebacker Dave Robinson.