Penn State Football: Complete Schedule, Kickoff Times and Television Info

Kevin McGuireAnalyst IIApril 27, 2011

Penn State Football: Complete Schedule, Kickoff Times and Television Info

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    Penn State's 2011 season kicks off on September 3 with a home game against FCS Indiana State and includes home games against Nebraska and Alabama. The Nittany Lions take to the road for games against Ohio State and Wisconsin as well.

    This post will be updated as times and television coverage becomes available, but for now we'll predict what coverage each game may receive.

     

    Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer for Examiner.com. Follow his college football discussion on Twitter     @CFBExaminer.

Game 1: Indiana State

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    Penn State vs. Indiana State (FCS)

    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    The season opener, against a school from the FCS, has all the makings of a Big Ten Network and noon kickoff going for it.

Game 2: Alabama

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    Trent Richardson had a good game against Penn State in 2010. Can he do it again in 2011?Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Penn State vs. Alabama

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    This will be one of the highest profile inter-sectional games on the regular season schedule based on the history and pageantry of Penn State and Alabama. Look for this game to receive a late afternoon or early evening kickoff before a national audience on ESPN or ABC.

    Alabama handled Penn State a year ago in the first of the home-and-home series and Nick Saban's team has the makings of a national championship contender once again in 2011. This game has already been designated as the official White House game for the Penn State fans.

Game 3: At Temple

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    Temple running back Bernard Pierce will lead the Owls at home against Penn State.Hunter Martin/Getty Images

    Penn State @ Temple

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    Temple gave Penn State a run for their money last year. Look for the Owls to host Penn State before another large blue and white crowd at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Big Ten Network does not usually air road games but unless ESPN picks up the game for a regional broadcast look for that to be the case. Regardless of who airs the game, this should be an early kickoff.

Game 4: Eastern Michigan

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    Eastern Michigan quarterback Alex Gillett.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Penn State vs. Eastern Michigan

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    When Eastern Michigan comes to town look for the Big Ten Network to air the game with an early kickoff (noon).

Game 5: At Indiana

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    Indiana wide receiver Kofi Hughes.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Penn State @ Indiana

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    Last year's home game for Indiana was moved to FedEx Field in Washington D.C. but this game should be staying put in Bloomington. Look for Big Ten Network to carry this game as the Hoosiers look for their first win against Penn State in program history.

Game 6: Iowa

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    The nemesis Hawkeyes return to Beaver Stadium.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Penn State vs. Iowa

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    The nemesis Iowa Hawkeyes come to Beaver Stadium looking for a fourth straight win against the Nittany Lions. This game would be likely to be picked up by ABC or ESPN for a regional office and could be a late afternoon game.

Game 7: Purdue

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    Purdue Pete will patrol the sidelines of Beaver Stadium this fall.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Penn State vs. Purdue

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    Purdue has struggled in recent seasons and 2011 could be another long season on the field. When the come to Beaver Stadium they will be most likely to be shown on Big Ten Network in an early game.

Game 8: At Northwestern

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    Penn State travels to Evanston in week eight.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Penn State @ Northwestern

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    Northwestern failed to hold on to a lead last season in Beaver Stadium as Penn State rallied to give Joe Paterno his 400th career victory. There is a possibility Paterno could tie Eddie Robinson for second on the all-time coaching wins list in this game.

    Look for ESPN to broadcast this game regionally, with an early or late afternoon kickoff.

Game 9: Illinois

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    Nathan Scheelhaase of Illinois looks to beat Penn State a second straight season.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Penn State vs. Illinois

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    Illinois stunned Penn State in Happy Valley in 2010. Can they do it again in 2011? When Illinois comes to town it will likely be shown regionally on ESPN.

Game 10: Nebraska

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    Taylor Martinez and Nebraska make their first trip to Beaver Stadium as a Big Ten member.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Penn State vs. Nebraska

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    This game will be a big one as Penn State and Nebraska officially commence their crossover rivalry in Big Ten play. Given the history of the two programs and the incredible atmosphere that is already being predicted for the game, this one should be televised to a large television audience. ABC may not pick it up but ESPN would be a lock to broadcast it on their networks.

Game 11: At Ohio State

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    Terrelle Pryor will be back in plenty of time to take on Penn State.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Penn State @ Ohio State

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will look to go 3-1 against Penn State as the Buckeyes should be back to full speed by the time this game comes around. With Ohio State expected to be a top ten caliber program this game, as usual, should receive a good amount of media attention. Look for ABC to broadcast the game, as has been the case in recent seasons. A late afternoon or early evening kickoff should be expected.

Game 12: At Wisconsin

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    Wisconsin hosts Penn State in the new regular season finale match-up for both schools.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Penn State @ Wisconsin

    Saturday, November 26, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: To be announced

    So long Michigan State! Penn State travels to Wisconsin for the regular season finale against their new end-of-the-year rival. Like Ohio State, the Badgers are expected to once again be in the running for a Big Ten title in 2011, so this game could have plenty riding on it and should receive some good media attention. Look for another ABC telecast, or at least an ESPN regional broadcast and a mid-afternoon kickoff.

Big Ten Championship Game

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    Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Big Ten championship game in 2011.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Saturday, December 3, 2011

    Time: To be announced

    TV: FOX

    The Big Ten championship game will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis Colts. The game has a contract to be televised by FOX and will be aired in prime time, although a definite kickoff has not been announced just yet.

     

    Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer for Examiner.com. Follow his college football discussion on Twitter     @CFBExaminer.