LSU and Penn State are in Talks About a 2020 Date

By DJ Byrnes on October 16, 2013 at 3:58p
Joe Hermitt, The Patriot-News

Per Penn Live:

While nothing is official, a Penn State official did confirm "talks" between PSU and LSU about a future meeting at a neutral site.

The two programs made unexpected headlines this afternoon when the Big Ten Conference accidentally posted a 2020 schedule that had a PSU-LSU matchup penciled in for Sept. 12, 2020, according to reports from the Daily Collegian and others. That PDF file has since been removed from the Big Ten's website.

The snafu has stolen headlines from the Big Ten's original goal of distributing conference football schedules for the 2018 and '19 seasons. Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson confirmed that the two schools were discussing an open date in the 2020 season but said the date was still to be determined.

Credit to PSU for looking to schedule tough.


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Bucksfan's picture

Neutral site robbs both teams and fans from watching the game at two of the most iconic venues in all of sports...not to mention preventing their respective communities from cashing in on a home-and-home, rather all that money goes to Dallas or Atlanta.

jeremytwoface's picture

I hate neutral sites

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

AndyVance's picture

I like the idea of neutral site games, but I hate them in reality for all the reasons Bucksfan outlined above. I like the idea of watching two teams square off at some really cool destination venue, but in practice I'd much rather do a home-and-home with a team like LSU than schedule a one-off at JerryWorld.

TBDBITL0509's picture

I wish we could do more about a neutral site in bowl games - I do feel the high number of South East bowl games has been an advantage for the SEC over the years. Unfortunately, weather and geography are hard to impact.
Regular season neutral site games take away some of the things that make college football different (better?) than the NFL: students and the campus game day atmosphere.

subermp's picture

LSU is already using this as a recruiting pitch for the sixth graders they're scouting out. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Neutral site, huh?  Because Dallas and Atlanta are so far away from LSU.  I mean, having to go 1-3 states over?  Sheesh. 

Class of 2010.

bodast67's picture

Neutral sites=derp




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

ohhiyo's picture

i don't understand neutral sites

geoffrsc's picture

Maybe Les Miles just wanted a chance "to venture onto a ship, to travel and explore, and find new lands"...

BucksfanXC's picture

This has Jerry's World written all over it. Someone look up the Cowboys schedule and their road games in Sept. I'd bet that's the weekend.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

cronimi's picture

The neutral site should be north of the M-D line. Put it in NYC -- hard for LSU to argue it isn't a good place to play the game. Huge media market, professional sports stadiums, etc.

Kurt's picture

Neutral sites make very little sense, therefore this game should be played in Seattle.

northcampus's picture

Don't forget the 'neutral site' BCS Championship Game versus LSU in New Orleans.  Funny how the neutral setting nearly always favors the SEC (southern espn conference).

GoBucksOSU's picture

I will ask this again, why is it not OSU the one who is scheduling these games against top tier SEC teams?

millertime2011's picture

Stubbornness, on both sides. OSU is big enough to want a home game (neutral site gives away a home game without the guarantee of a return trip like a home and home with a good team does). All of these SEC teams don't want to go on campus for the big ten teams and the "neutral" site games tend to be in the south. Granted, LSU (i think) is going up to Wisconsin, but at Lambeau, which, for Wisconsin, will not be nearly as big of a home field advantage as Camp Randall would be. 

GoBucksOSU's picture

Both Michigan and Penn State are big time schools and both are willing to do neutral site games. I prefer home and home but I would be willing to have the games at neutral sites if it means we get to play top tier SEC teams in the regular season.

millertime2011's picture

I agree, though those schools have been "down" relative to OSU. However, we're just more stubborn than scUM and PSU. And, honestly, we've earned the right to be. 

Deshaun's picture

You don't think so? Houston is obviously going to be a huge home field advantage for LSU in that series. But there seems to be a lot of fervor in Wisconsin over tickets to the Lambeau game as well. I would expect both of those games to be less than "neutral."

Neutral site games could actually be pretty cool, provided the fan bases are actually given equal access. Unlike that "neutral" site game against Alabama in Atlanta or LSU in Dallas. How would we feel about a neutral site game against Florida in a city like Charlotte or even a marketing/recruiting hotbed like Los Angeles? Make 30,000 seats available to each fan base and sell the rest to local corporations. The key is the local population cannot be predisposed to one school or the other, like the environment of that "neutral" Alabama-TTUN game last year.

And good for Wisconsin, demanding a return pseudo-neutral game at Lambeau rather than accepting the typical SEC-in-SEC-Territory scheme most programs fall for. I had not heard of this before, but it might be interesting to see a neutral site series against Oklahoma with games in Dallas and Cleveland. It would especially be cool if the "road" team were allocated something like 25% of the tickets to allow both fan bases to travel.

Of course, the environments of the same series in Columbus and Norman will be more electric. But the novelty of games like this can be okay on rare occasions. And I get the budgetary concerns tied to the need for 7 home games, but with the right payout for a desirable enough matchup, a neutral site game can help bridge the gap.

BucksfanXC's picture

We tried to schedule Vandy and Georgia. We have Tennessee on the schedule in the future still as far as I know. They aren't Alabama/LSU, but they are SEC none-the-less. It isn't for lack of trying on OSU's part

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

GoBucksOSU's picture

OSU does not have Tennessee on the schedule as OSU backed out. OSU was also responsible for backing out of the Georgia series and then not re-adding them when the B1G-Pac 12 alliance plan failed.

BTwrestle04's picture

We do have Oklahoma after the series with Virginia Tech though. Which is a better match up then Tennessee anyway.

GoBucksOSU's picture

I do like the Oklahoma series and thought the series with Tennessee was pointless but I am mad that OSU backed out of the Georgia series. It's not often the SEC's top teams do home and homes and OSU backing out stopped what would have been a great series.

BucksfanXC's picture

From what I understand, the Georgia thing (and possibly the Tenn thing too as it would make sense) was mutual because both conferences were adding more in-conference games due to expansion, not just the B1G-Pac12 thing because we added Maryland/Rutgers not longer after that.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

ScarletGray43157's picture

Home-and-Home is the only way to go, a la Texas / OSU in consecutive years a few years back.
Neutral site games should happen in bowl season.  
Even the playoffs should not be neutral sites, save for the championship game.  It works for the NFL and it would work for college.  
That is all. 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I hate neutral site games.  I like the idea of trying to create an intense atmosphere at the 'Shoe when high profile teams from other conferences come here.  It's sort of like .... "oh, you think you have it rough on the road in your conference, wait till you see/hear/feel this..." and so forth.

Yeti's have feelings too.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I think the only time neutral site games are good is when it is a bowl. They take too much money away from the schools. Home and home is the way to go. It's fair and gives the fans a big OOC game to be pumped about.  I miss those games. I'm all about getting the best home and away experience. If we played Virginia Tech at Fed-Ex field I would not go, but in Blacksburg... hell yea.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.