Connect with us


2023 Penn State football schedule: Nittany Lions slated to play 3 night games so far

So far, this year’s Penn State football schedule contains 3 night game matchups and counting.



Penn State football, Michael Robinson, Todd Blackledge
Oct 21, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions players kneel prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, the 2023 Penn State football schedule received another change. The Nittany Lions’ Week 13 matchup against the Michigan State Spartans is now slated to kick off in a night game on Black Friday. Additionally, that game will be played at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, instead of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

With this new change, Penn State is already scheduled to play three night games this fall, and the schedule does not have all times set in stone just yet.

2023 Penn State football schedule contains 3 night games thus far

This year, Penn State football is breaking a streak of over two decades and will kick off the 2023 season with a night game at Beaver Stadium. In 2022, Penn State hit the road for a Week 1 night game against Purdue. The Nittany Lions escaped with a narrow victory, winning 35-31, sparking an impressive 11-2 finish with a top 10 ranking and a Rose Bowl victory.

West Virginia

Much like last year, Penn State football will kick off this season with a primetime kickoff against a Power Five program. This time, the Nittany Lions will face the West Virginia Mountaineers, renewing a rivalry matchup that has remained dormant for around three decades. Penn State’s game against WVU will be the team’s “helmet stripe” game, which acts as a mini-whiteout.


A few weeks after the 2023 Penn State football season opener against the Mountaineers, Penn State is scheduled to host the Iowa Hawkeyes for the team’s second primetime game of the year. The Iowa Hawkeyes will fall victim to this year’s “White Out” game, the infamous and electric environment that shakes the earth with sound in central Pennsylvania.

Michigan State

Finally (so far), in Week 13, Penn State football will face the Michigan State Spartans in yet another primetime game. Right now, Penn State football is favored in all three matchups. That being said, there is a chance that the Nittany Lions are slated for a few more night games, which will likely take place sometime during the team’s road slate.

Thank you for reading Basic Blues Nation. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and insights on your favorite Penn State athletics. For feedback, questions, concerns, or to apply for a writing position, please email us at [email protected] or direct message us on our social media. It’s due to your support that we can become one of the market’s fastest-growing Penn State sports outlets!

Chris Mangum is currently a Penn State student and serves as a writer and editor covering Big Ten athletics. He has served as a beat writer, online reporter, print reporter, and more over the past few years of his career. He currently serves as the managing editor for Basic Blues Nation and others.


Spinstralia Casino: online pokies real money, real fun! Get in on the action today!