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Stacking Up The Match-Ups On This Year's Penn State Football Schedule

The 2011 Penn State football schedule is out which means professionals, followers, and everyone in between can start the whole process of projecting wins and losses with regard to Joe Paterno’s 2011 team.

When looking at the 2011 Penn State football schedule, you see many familiar things, a very difficult finish to the schedule, and a premier out-of-conference match-up at home that will get attention from all of conference football. In This year Penn State has their own typical slate of home and away Big Ten conference games, but has it back loaded with season closing games at Wisconsin and Ohio State. However the majority of fans will be concentrating on the early season match-up with Alabama. Penn State vs Alabama football tickets will be some of the most difficult to get this year.

Last year Penn State visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama to play the Crimson Tide early in the season for a match-up of two of college football classic programs. Alabama was among the nation’s best groups and was ranked #1 at that time. The game had lots of buzz, and many PSU fans made the journey, but the group was frankly overmatched. Penn State lost the game 24-3.

This year the game comes to State College, Pennsylvania and while Alabama will still be a very talented challenger, most likely ranked in the top 10, the overall game should be much more evenly matched. Regardless, it'll just as hyped not just between the 2 fan bases but across the college football landscape in general. Also like this past year, it'll provide lots of motivation for that program and players through the entire off-season having such a powerful opponent coming into Beaver Stadium so early in the season.

Beyond the Alabama game, Penn State has bracketed three additional out-of-conference games around Bama before getting in to Big Ten play. The additional OOC competitors are all from mid-major conferences, including I-AA challenger and opening opponent Indiana State. Penn State also plays at Temple and also at home versus Eastern Michigan in Sept.

Once Big Ten perform starts, Penn State has home games versus Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, and new Big Ten member and immediate Penn State rival Nebraska. Road games come against Indiana, Northwestern, and the prior pointed out games at Wisconsin and Ohio State to end the season. While the home and away competitors are pretty well balanced in the Big Ten, the final 2 road games result in the schedule overall being on the difficult side.

There's a new reward with regard to Penn State this year beyond their own typical objectives of a Big Ten Championship, Bowl Game, and BCS Championship. All those are still objectives, but this year is the inagurual year for the Big Ten Championship game on Dec 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Winning the ‘Leaders’ Division means topping OSU and Wisconsin, but would place Penn State in the game.

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