There was plenty of schedule news made on Thursday, with ESPN, NBC Sports and Big Ten Network confirming TV kickoff times for 115 games. Two of those games involve Penn State, with start times for Ohio (noon) and Navy (3:30 p.m.) being set by ESPN.
All of this schedule talk got us thinking about Penn State's 2012 schedule, the first to be coached by Bill O'Brien. Which games should be considered the must-wins, or the make-or-break games?
This season's schedule is a little tougher than usual from start to finish, with games against the defending MAC champions, a strong rushing team in Navy, a road trip to ACC country and an instate rivalry game against Temple filling the schedule before opening Big Ten play. Picking five games to single out was tough, but we did it.
But first, two quick honorable mentions:
The Hawkeyes have been a thorn in the Nittany Lions' paws over the course of the last decade. Penn State picked up a win last fall in State College, but this year Penn State will look to win its first game in Iowa City since 1999.
Penn State has dominated the series in the win column, but the feisty Owls have pushed Penn State for four quarters the past couple of meetings. If the Nittany Lions offense is not in gear when Temple comes to State College, this game could have "upset alert" written all over it once again.