- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
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Well, it's not exactly a game that Penn State fans clamored for -- but at least the 2015 slate is now complete.
The Nittany Lions announced Wednesday afternoon that they scheduled their final open game of the 2015 season against the Army Black Knights. They'll take on the service academy team on Oct. 3, 2015, at Beaver Stadium. It'll be the first time the two teams have met since 1979.
That means next year's non-conference schedule will look like this:
Sept. 5 -- at Temple
Sept. 12 -- Buffalo
Sept. 26 -- San Diego State
Oct. 3 -- Army
Welcome to Cupcake City. Those games aren't going to be easy sells but, for all you optimists, it should set PSU up pretty nicely early in the season. The only other team the Lions play those first five weeks is Rutgers so, even though it's a bit early, 5-0 is certainly a possibility. Plus, if the sanctions are reduced, Penn State would have to try not to be bowl-eligible in 2015.
The schedule should at least get a little better in 2016. The Big Ten moves to a nine-game slate, and the Nittany Lions will resume their rivalry with Pitt that season.
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