UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour and Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs today announced the first-ever regular season gridiron meetings between the two traditional powers, set for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Barbour also announced Penn State will host Buffalo on Sept. 7, 2019 and Ball State on Sept. 11, 2021. The Nittany Lions and Bulls will be meeting for the fourth time, while Penn State and Ball State will be playing for the first time. The Nittany Lions' football schedules are complete through the 2019 season.
"We are thrilled to be adding Auburn to our future football schedules," Barbour said. "This is a great intersectional match-up and there will be significant interest from alumni, fans and students of both schools to be a part of the electric atmospheres on both campuses. I am very appreciative of Jay Jacobs' interest and efforts in making this home-and-home series a reality."
"We are excited that our fans will be able to see Auburn, Pitt, West Virginia and Virginia Tech in Beaver Stadium in upcoming seasons, in addition to our challenging Big Ten schedule," Barbour added. "We are also looking forward to hosting quality MAC opponents with Buffalo and Ball State in future seasons."
The 2021 and 2022 Auburn games add another marquee opponent to the Nittany Lions' upcoming non-conference schedules against Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Penn State is 23-22-0 all-time against current Southeastern Conference schools, having played every SEC team except Arkansas, Mississippi and Mississippi State. The Nittany Lions' most recent meeting with an SEC squad was against Georgia in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl; the most recent regular season contest was against Alabama in 2011 in Beaver Stadium.
The Nittany Lions vs. SEC teams overall: Alabama (5-10), Auburn (1-1), Florida (0-3), Georgia (1-1), Kentucky (3-2), LSU (2-0), Missouri (3-1), South Carolina (2-0), Tennessee (3-2), Texas A&M (3-1) and Vanderbilt (0-1).