Another season, another predictions roundtable! Penn State Football comes into a curious situation in 2022. Here’s News and schedule.
Penn State Football 2022 : News | Schedule | Tickets
Nearly every preseason evaluation Penn State coach James Franklin has made of his 2022 football team has ended like this.
“I like where we’re at, but you guys will tell me very clearly where we’re at on the 1st [of September].”
Franklin begins his ninth season as Penn State’s head coach Sept. 1 at Purdue, a game that could determine the course of this season.
We say could because the Lions began last year with a win over Wisconsin, a 5-0 record and a No. 4 ranking in the AP Top 25 before committing a dramatic freefall.
The 7-6 season included the most disappointing finish of Franklin’s head-coaching career, one that has bled into 2022 no matter how hard the Lions try to bury it. As a result, Franklin qualifies every assessment with the “you guys” clause.
The Purdue Boilermakers will try to end a long run of futility when they host the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday night in a Big Ten cross-division matchup.
Purdue won five of its final six games last season, including two victories against top-five teams, and comes in with high expectations.
The Nittany Lions went 7-6 and are 11-11 over the past two seasons, but they have beaten the Boilermakers in nine straight meetings, dating to 2004.
Both teams have sixth-year seniors at quarterback, with Aidan O’Connell leading the Boilermakers and Sean Clifford calling the shots for PSU.
The Nittany Lions won the most recent matchup 35-7 in State College in 2019, and in their last trip to West Lafayette, they demolished the Boilermakers 62-24.
Penn State Football 2022 Schedule
Penn State and Purdue are coming off very different seasons ahead of their Week 1 matchup.
|September 1||at Purdue||8PM | FOX|
|September 10||vs OHIO||NOON | ABC|
|September 17||at Auburn||3:30PM | CBS|
|September 24||vs CENTRAL MICHIGAN||TBA | B10|
|October 1||vs NORTHWESTERN||TBA|
|October 15||at Michigan||TBA|
|October 22||vs MINNESOTA||7:30PM|
|October 29||vs OHIO STATE||TBA|
|November 5||at Indiana||TBA|
|November 12||vs MARYLAND||TBA|
|November 19||at Rutgers||TBA|
|November 26||vs MICHIGAN STATE||TBA|
Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm enjoyed his greatest season yet in 2021, a 9-4 campaign that featured wins over two top-five opponents in No. 2 Iowa and No. 5 Michigan State and ended with a victory over Tennessee in a Music City Bowl barn-burner.
It was both the program’s best season since 2003 — also a 9-4 season — and of the Brohm era.
Conversely, the Nittany Lions went 7-6 in 2021, a season in which they reached as high as No. 4 in The Associated Press poll following a 5-0 start with wins over No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 22 Auburn.
Penn State football tickets for students will go on sale in late June, starting with sales for graduate students June 20, according to a recent release by Penn State.
Seniors can start buying tickets June 21, juniors on June 22, sophomores on June 23, and tickets open for freshmen June 24. Sales begin at 7 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. each day, though the 2 p.m. close may come earlier if daily allotments sell out.
The cost of the season tickets is $246. You can buy tickets from Ticketmaster.com