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Penn State Football: Will ‘Reverse Psychology’ Fix Nittany Lions’ Big Ten Scheduling Issues?

Tuesday afternoon in his weekly press conference, Penn State Football head coach James Franklin spoke on opening Big Ten play on the road for the 13th time out of the last 14 seasons, including every season since 2016.

According to Franklin, Penn State has a “tradition” of opening on the road for which he joked “We love it”.

Franklin mentioned that during a recent phone call with Athletic Director Pat Kraft, that Penn State may try a new technique to buck the trend of opening on the road: Reverse Psychology.


With the Big Ten in the process of making a new schedule for 2024 after the addition of Oregon and Washington to the Big Ten, Franklin joked that Penn State Football may “ask to be on the road this year” to see what happens.

In July 2022 after his hiring at Penn State, Pat Kraft called Penn State’s trend of opening on the road “unacceptable”.

Kraft has previously  mentioned that he called the Big Ten office to discuss the trend of Penn State opening on the road. Once the schedule is released later this year, Penn State will find out whether it opens on the road for the ninth year in a row.


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