Breaking down and analyzing the 2021 Penn State Nittany Lions football schedule with the best and worst case scenarios.
Penn State Football Schedule 2021
Full schedule analysis with best and worst scenarios below
Sept. 4 at Wisconsin
Sept. 11 Ball State
Sept. 18 Auburn
Sept. 25 Villanova
Oct. 2 Indiana
Oct. 9 at Iowa
Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
Oct. 23 Illinois
Oct. 30 at Ohio State
Nov. 6 at Maryland
Nov. 13 Michigan
Nov. 20 Rutgers
Nov. 27 at Michigan State
Dec. 4 Big Ten Championship (in Indianapolis)
Games vs. The West: Illinois, at Iowa, at Wisconsin
Missed Teams From The West: Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue
Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule Analysis: They’ll know where they stand right from the start with a trip to Wisconsin, and then comes the somewhat dangerous date against defending MAC champion Ball State, and then it gets even more interesting when Auburn comes to town.
It’s not too bad for a little while after that, but along with the trip to Camp Randall they have to go on the road to face Iowa, too. If that wasn’t rough enough, three of the last five games are on the road against Ohio State, Maryland and Michigan State with a home date against Michigan thrown in there.
Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule Best Case Scenario: A win on the road over Wisconsin starts everything off right, Auburn isn’t quite Auburn yet, and 2021 is the opposite of the disastrous 2020 start. With a strong win over Iowa on the road, the 6-0 start turns into 7-0 after beating Illinois before going to Ohio State.
There’s a loss somewhere along the way – like in Columbus – but that’s it. The Nittany Lions fight their way to ten wins and make it 11 after getting by Michigan State.
Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule Worst Case Scenario: It’s 2020 all over again. They drop the dates to Wisconsin and Auburn when nothing quite works like it’s supposed to, and worse yet, the East loss to Indiana – for a second year in a row – starts the panic sirens.
There are enough wins in a good second half run to get bowl eligible, but it’s Penn State – it’s supposed to be in the Big Ten title chase. Instead, it has to fight to just have a decent season.