Penn State Wish List: 10 Out-of-Conference Opponents It Should Look To Play
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Oregon and Penn State? Chip Kelly versus Joe Paterno?
Take a look at which ten schools Penn State fans would get pumped up to see the Nittany Lions face off against. See which old school rivalries need to be renewed, and which teams would spark a national interest in its first ever meeting with the Lions.
10. Virginia Tech
Tyrod Taylor (5) was recruited by Penn State before selecting the Hokies
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Nittany Lion fans have been screaming for this matchup for quite a while.
Frank Beamer and the Hokies have taken on many challenges in their out of conference schedule in recent years, including last year's dramatic loss to Boise State.
A Penn State-Virginia Tech clash would have major recruiting implications as well.
9. Boise State
Could Peterson took over the helm in Happy Valley?
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The Lions and Broncos have never faced one another, but that doesn't mean fans of either school wouldn't love to see this matchup occur.
Boise State head coach Chris Peterson is high on Penn State fans' wish list of potential replacements to succeed Joe Paterno.
Golden is entering his first year with the Hurricanes
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With the addition of Al Golden as Miami's head coach, the rivalry between these two schools would only grow.
Golden, a former tight end at Penn State and player under Joe Paterno, is considered one of the up and coming coaches in the game.
Having already coached against his former mentor while at Temple, you know Golden would love to get another crack with a more talented roster like the one he adopted in the Hurricanes.
Sanford Stadium remains one of the toughest stadiums to play in around the country
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Penn State and Georgia have met just once previously, but it was a historic matchup.
The Lions defeated the Bulldogs 27-23 for its first ever National Championship. However, since then the two schools have yet to face one another in any of the bowl games that the Big Ten and SEC are tied into.
It would be interesting to play "between the hedges" in Athens, GA.
TCU defeated Wisconsin, 21-19, to win the Rose Bowl
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Right now TCU remains one of the hottest teams in the country and have many big-name teams turning down offers to play against the Horned Frogs.
It makes more sense for the two to come to an agreement since TCU agreed to join the Big East Conference starting in 2012.
Curtis Enis (left) helped lead Penn State to a win over Texas in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl
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The Longhorns last trip to Happy Valley was back in 1990, when they upended Penn State 17-13.
The two teams have met each other five times since Joe Paterno took over the reigns at Penn State, with the Nittany Lions holding a 3-2 overall record.
4. Notre Dame
Dan Connor sacks Jimmy Clausen in Penn State's 31-10 win over the Irish in 2007
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There's no love lost between the Irish and Lions.
Fans of both programs love to hate one another and always want a crack at the other team. The two storied programs recently brought the historic rivalry back to the spotlight when they had a two-game series that they split.
This old school rivalry dates back to the first meeting in 1913 (and no Joe Paterno wasn't the coach for Penn State), when Notre Dame held on to a 14-7 decision.
This is a game that should be played on a yearly basis.
Oklahoma has played in eight BCS games
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The Sooners and Lions haven't confronted one another since Oklahoma pounded Penn State, 25-10, in the 1985 National Championship game.
A quarter of a century later, the Sooners have placed themselves as one of the most dominating programs in the BCS era. Oklahoma holds the record with the most BCS title game appearances (four), but also holds the honor for most BCS title game loses (three).
A matchup between Bob Stoops and Joe Paterno would be of national interest.
Ki-Jana Carter scored on Penn State's opening play in the 1995 Rose Bowl versus Oregon
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There couldn't be a more contrasting view on uniforms than that of Oregon and Penn State.
With seemingly never ending combinations of jerseys, helmets and pants, the Ducks have made as much of an impact with their style as they have with their style of play.
Meanwhile, Penn State's uniforms have been touched as infrequently as a side of broccoli on a four-year-old's dinner plate.
Still, Oregon's wide-open style of play would be an interesting matchup for Penn State's defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.
Penn State holds a 50-42-4 series advantage over the Panthers
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If there's two in-state schools that deserve to play each other on a yearly basis more than Penn State and Pitt, it would be hard to believe.
Both fan bases have their own opinions as to why this 96-game rivalry hasn't been renewed since the last meeting in 2000, but the only thing both sides can agree on is that it's the other school's fault for the pause in the series.
A Keystone clash would undoubtedly cause a shutdown in the commonwealth should a reunion occur.