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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
PSU schedules Virginia Tech for 2022-23

By Josh Moyer

First came the announcement of the Nittany Lions' first-ever game overseas in Ireland. Then, on Tuesday, came official word that PSU scheduled its first-ever meeting with San Diego State in 2015.

On Wednesday, Penn State set another precedent by scheduling Virginia Tech for the 2022-23 seasons. The two never before faced each other, but PSU's nonconference schedule has really taken a step forward this summer -- especially with the most recent addition.

Fans haven't been all too pleased with the recent nonconference slate. Sure, Big Ten teams can no longer schedule FCS opponents, but the Lions have consistently turned to the lowly MAC -- scheduling the likes of Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Akron, Buffalo and UMass -- in games that have drawn little excitement and smaller crowds.

The Hokies matchup is far different. The Big Ten blog polled PSU fans in June to see just what nonconference opponents they'd most love to see, and Virginia Tech was among the top picks. PSU athletic director Dave Joyner seemed well aware of that fact.

"Virginia Tech is an opponent our alumni and fans have been asking about adding to the schedule," Joyner said.

PSU's early schedule has been, well, a little boring as of late. But with the Lions renewing the Pitt rivalry in 2016 and with the Hokies on the horizon, it seems to be heading in the right direction.