As Big Ten media days continue in Chicago, the rumors about Penn State scheduling BYU to a future series have started up again, from the BYU side of things. Mentioned on Twitter Friday morning, BYU is negotiating a series with Penn State that would see the Nittany Lions play at BYU in 2012 and have a home game in Beaver Stadium and a neutral site game in another year, although the specifics on which year would be home and which would be neutral were not known.
Penn State currently has a full schedule in 2012, with non-conference games against Ohio, Virginia, Navy and Temple. In order to fit BYU in to the schedule one of those games would need to be cancelled or rescheduled. With seven home games scheduled it would be doubtful that Penn State would remove a home game against Ohio, Temple or Navy in order to play a sixth road game. Financially speaking, it just does not make sense for Penn State. So the only option would be to move the road game against Virginia, which is supposed to be the start of a home-and-home series between the two schools.
Further complicating things is the full 2013 schedule, which includes non-conference games against Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, Virginia and Kent State. Penn State is scheduled to play Syracuse in the season opener in New Meadowlands Stadium and host the other three schools. It would not be likely that Penn State would dump a home game for another neutral site game, but replacing Kent State or Eastern Michigan with BYU would be a win for the program and the fans.
The 2014 schedule currently has an opening for September 20 in addition to home games against Temple and Akron and a road game at Rutgers.
As previously reported in May another BYU website, Deep Shades of Blue, reported that Penn State and the newly independent BYU were working on putting together a future series. Back then the report was that a two or three game series was in the works.
It will not be impossible to see a change made to accommodate adding BYU to the schedule as is being rumored, but we will just have to wait and see how Penn State handles any possible scheduling. The most logical thing to do in order to fit in with these BYU rumors would be to reschedule or cancel the series with Virginia. Doing so would still factor in a road non-conference game in 2012 (which is said to be a BYU home game) and keep a home game in 2013. A neutral site game in 2014 might not be the most desirable for Penn State (six home games) but if they can keep it in the eastern time zone it might not be too bad with the road non-conference game being played at Rutgers.
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