Penn State schedule 2017

DateOpponentTime (p.m. ET)TV/streamingPenn State’s S&P+ win probability
9/2Akron12ABC/ WatchESPN99%
9/9Pittsburgh3:30ABC/ WatchESPN82%
9/16Georgia State7:30BTN/BTN2Go98%
9/23at IowaTBATBA80%
9/30IndianaTBATBA84%
10/7at NorthwesternTBATBA76%
10/21MichiganTBATBA59%
10/28at Ohio State3:30FOX/FoxSportsGO34%
11/4at Michigan StateTBATBA79%
11/11Rutgers12TBA96%
11/18NebraskaTBATBA85%
11/25at MarylandTBATBA88%

 

The basics: James Franklin’s Penn State broke through in 2016, when a sturdy defense and a thrilling, explosive offense carried them to the Big Ten title and nearly a Rose Bowl win against USC. The Nittany Lions lost a few key pieces, but most of the principals from that run are still in place on this year’s team. The Lions are facing higher expectations than at any point under Franklin or his predecessor, Bill O’Brien. Whether they meet them will define the East race against Ohio State and Michigan.

Projected final regular season record? The advanced stat S&P+ has Penn State going about 10-2, but 9-3 is another likely endpoint.

Biggest game left: A visit to Ohio State on Oct. 28. The loser probably won’t win the East, just like the Buckeyes didn’t after falling in Happy Valley last year.

Best game left: Probably that one. Maybe the Pitt or Michigan game?