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PSU adds Army to complete 2015 schedule

9/3/2014

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.