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April 6, 2011

Penn State’s 2013, 2014 grid schedules released

STATE COLLEGE — The Big Ten has released Penn State’s schedules for the 2013 and 2014 football seasons, highlighted by the returns of Michigan and Minnesota to the slate.

The Wolverines and Golden Gophers aren’t playing Penn State the next two seasons after the Big Ten had to reconfigure its schedule to accommodate the addition of Nebraska to the league later this year.

Teams will still play eight conference games. Iowa and Northwestern drop off the schedule in 2013-14.

In the Big Ten’s new configuration, Penn State will play in the Leaders Division.

Coach Joe Paterno’s crew will face Wisconsin in its regular-season finale for each of the next four seasons.

The Nittany Lions also get an annual rivalry game with Nebraska from the Legends Division, but will also miss a Legends Division foe four straight years.

Starting in 2011, Michigan State drops off the schedule through 2014.

In another scheduling oddity, Big Ten teams will have two scheduled bye weeks in 2013-14.

Penn State team spokesman Jeff Nelson said Wednesday that was due to how the season fit into the calendar each of those years, and wouldn’t necessarily be a regular occurrence.

This year’s Nittany Lions are in the midst of spring practice, which ends with the Blue-White Game on April 16.

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