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Taking A Look At Penn State's 2019 Football Schedule

Penn State cheerleaders perform during a game.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Penn State Nittany Lions cheerleaders perform during the second half of a football game against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Penn State football is moving into a bit of a different era of James Franklin's tenure. With Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders off to the NFL, a year after losing Saquon Barkley, the offense will be new-look.

As usual, the Nittany Lions will have a tough slate of games to deal with. The Big Ten East has become one of the most difficult divisions in the country.

Let's take an early look at Penn State football's 2019 schedule:

The Nittany Lions open with its three non-conference games, bringing in Idaho and a tough Buffalo squad out of the MAC. That is followed with a home rivalry game against Pitt.

After PSU's first bye, the team travels to Maryland.

Aug 31: vs. Idaho
Sept. 7: vs. Buffalo
Sept. 14: vs. Pitt
Sept. 27: at Maryland
Oct. 5: vs. Purdue
Oct. 12: at Iowa
Oct. 19: vs. Michigan
Oct. 26: at Michigan State
Nov. 9: at Minnesota
Nov. 16: vs. Indiana
Nov. 23: at Ohio State
Nov. 30: vs. Rutgers

The toughest stretch for Penn State likely comes in the four games after the trip to College Park. Penn State hosts Big Ten West start-up Purdue, travels to Iowa, a nightmare trip for Big Ten East contenders as of late, and gets the two Michigan schools back-to-back before the team's Nov. 2 bye.

The biggest late-season game comes on Nov. 23, when PSU makes the trip to Columbus to face Ohio State.