- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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One way or another, Penn State fans likely will be seeing a lot of Al Golden in the coming years.
Penn State and Temple have agreed to play games in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Temple will visit Happy Valley to open the 2014 season (Aug. 30) and on Sept. 17, 2016. The Nittany Lions visit Philadelphia on Sept. 19, 2015.
Golden, the former Penn State player and assistant who's often mentioned as a potential successor to Joe Paterno, leads his undefeated Temple Owls into Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon (Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. ET). Penn State and Temple also will play next year in Philadelphia and in 2013 in State College before taking a one-year break.
The Temple series makes a lot of sense for Penn State, which can fill up seats for the road games in Philly. Although Penn State's future nonconference series with Temple, Syracuse, Rutgers, Navy and Virginia likely won't move the needle nationally, they're nice regional matchups.
Penn State doesn't want to take too many chances with its nonconference schedule as the Big Ten slate is about to get a lot harder with Nebraska joining the league in 2011.
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