Penn State faces a relatively difficult schedule in 2022. As if hosting perennial playoff contenders Ohio State and visiting defending Big Ten champion Michigan in Ann Arbor in division play wasn’t difficult enough, Penn State would also start the season on the road against a Big Ten team for the third consecutive season. Penn State also makes a trip to the SEC arena for September’s matchup with Auburn, which serves as the second half of the home and home series that began last fall at Beaver Stadium.
But taking a look at the schedule, which game stands out as a potential trap game for the Nittany Lions? According to 247Sports, it might just be against Central Michigan. But, upon further reflection, it seems like a misguided choice.
Penn State is scheduled to host Mack’s Chippewas on Saturday, September 24. The game is located between the previously referenced road game at Auburn (17 September) and a home game against Northwestern on 1 October. Penn State then slides into a goodbye week before traveling to Michigan in mid-October.
Central Michigan is coming off a nine-win season, and they probably won’t be much of a pushover, especially after Penn State returns home in what should be a highly-anticipated and physical matchup at Auburn last week. Central Michigan could well keep things tight in the second half if Penn State isn’t careful, but could be a better candidate for a trap game on Penn State’s schedule this fall.
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This fall in the Big Ten schedule has put Minnesota in perfect trap game position for the Nittany Lions. And Minnesota knows a thing or two about disappointing Penn State when some see it coming.
Penn State is set to host the Gophers on October 22, a week after Penn State tours Michigan and a week before they host Ohio State. It’s a monster three-game stretch for Penn State, and Minnesota is far from a team to take lightly at this location. But facing the defending Big Ten champions in Ann Arbor and hosting the Buckeyes are two of the biggest challenges for Penn State every other season. Slacking a home game against a program like Minnesota is extremely dangerous for Penn State, a team that still has to prove it can run the football and defend its quarterback while asserting dominance over the others.
Penn State’s road trip to Indiana a week after facing the Buckeyes is a potential letdown spot no matter what happens against the Buckeyes, but the game against the Gophers is right between the two biggest games in the division schedule, for Penn State. There is a bad draw. ,
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