Penn State To Host Navy in 2012

by Adam Bittner Jul 21, 2010 3:44 PM EDT
SB*NATION - Pittsburgh

Only weeks after announcing Penn State will play Syracuse at the Meadowlands in 2013 and as part of a home and home series in 2020 and 2021, Penn State announced today it will host Navy at Beaver Stadium in 2012.

Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Nittany Lions and Midshipmen will meet on Sept. 15, 2012 in Beaver Stadium. Penn State and Navy have played 37 times previously, but the squads will be meeting for the first time since 1974.

The previously announced Temple at Penn State game in 2012 has been moved to Sept. 22. The Nittany Lions will visit Virginia on Sept. 8, 2012.

With the struggles Virginia has run into recently, it was essential that Penn State beef up the 2012 schedule with a respectable opponent to join MACrifices Temple and Ohio. Curley and the athletic department have sure done that here. While Navy is hardly a powerhouse, it's been the best of the independents in recent years and should give critics little to sneeze at when evaluating the Penn State schedule.

With the addition, the 2012 out of conference schedule is now complete, and thankfully includes no FCS programs in the mold of Youngstown State or Eastern Illinois. The slate is by no means a killer, but it's certainly better than some of the other schedules Nittany Lion fans have been saddled with in recent years.