Penn State's 2017 road games: Ranked

A few weeks back, we broke down Penn State’s home slate, ranking the games from No. 7 through No. 1. In case you missed it, the White Out Game with Michigan ranked as our No. 1 game, edging out the Sept. 9 clash with rival Pitt.

Now, it’s time to go on the road and rank the Lions’ away slate from bottom to top. Although the road schedule isn’t quite as juicy as the home slate, there are some gems. A closer look:

5. Maryland (Nov. 25) – This is no way to close out what promises to be a spectacular season (maybe). Seriously, how did Maryland wind up as the finale? There has been some bad blood between these schools since the infamous handshake game in 2014 at Beaver Stadium. Since then, the series has shifted to Penn State, including a 31-30 victory in 2015 and a blowout win last season, 38-14. Still, there’s not much to this series, which PSU leads, 37-2. This should be easy pickings for the Lions.

Notable: There is one tie in the series, that coming in 1989 (13-13).

4. Iowa (Sept. 23) – At one time, the mention of Iowa would strike fear into the heart of Nittany Nation. But no longer. The Lions have won three consecutive games in the series. It’s a shame these schools aren’t closer geographically because Iowa City is actually a great place to visit and watch a football game.

Notable: Iowa once defeated Penn State, 6-4. The Lions’ lone points were a pair of safeties. It’s considered one of the ugliest games in the history of Beaver Stadium.

3. Northwestern (Oct. 7) – The best part of going to a Northwestern game? Well, it’s close to Chicago. Seriously, though, this game is not real attractive for a number of reasons, including the noon kick. Ryan Stadium is not a great venue to watch a game, but PSU is looking to avenge back-to-back losses in the series. We’re guessing the revenge will come easily for the Nits.

Notable: Mustard’s Last Stand sits just across the street from Ryan Field. If you are headed to the game, it’s a must-visit. Some of the best hot dogs you’ll ever have.

2. Michigan State (Nov. 4) – While East Lansing, Mich., is hardly Madison, Wisc., it’s a fun town and the Spartans are always a formidable foe. The series is dead even (15-15-1), but the last two games have been blowouts. In 2015, the Spartans hammered PSU, 55-16. Penn State returned the favor last season, 45-12.

Notable: As usual, the Land Grant Trophy will be on the line, even though this has moved out of its usual slot as the season finale.

1.Ohio State (Oct. 28) – What else could have been No. 1? The Buckeyes are still smarting from a shocking 24-21 loss under the lights at Beaver Stadium last season. A blocked field goal gave the Lions the upset and propelled them to the Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl berth. Make no mistake about it: Urban Meyer wants revenge. The ‘Shoe is a tough place to play, but the Lions have won there in the past with lesser teams. This should be a great football game.

Notable: The largest margins of victory in the series is 49 points. Both teams won by identical 63-14 scores (Penn State, 1994; Ohio State, 2014). Ohio State leads the series, 17-14.

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