Pat Kraft isn’t happy. The Penn State Athletic Director reacted with disappointment to the announcement of the Nittany Lions’ 2023 B1G schedule. Kraft took particular issue with Penn State’s start in the conference.

“It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing Penn State will be starting our Big Ten football slate next year on the road for the eighth straight season and for the 13th the in the last 14 years,” Kraft said per Penn State reporter Rich Scarcella.

Are the B1G schedule makers just copying and pasting Penn State to open up on the road in an Excel spreadsheet? It’s strange to see such a trend over eight seasons and 13 over the last 14 years. Coincidence? Someone seems to be falling asleep at the wheel here.

What’s more perplexing, according to Kraft, is that the B1G and Commissioner Kevin Warren are seemingly aware of it. It’s not a looked-over issue that hasn’t been addressed.


Kraft looks like he has a point here. It’s his job to stick up for his program and lobby for a fair schedule. Penn State opens up its 2023 B1G tilt with Illinois in Champagne.

The Nittany Lions are currently 6-1 this season. They did open up the 2022 year with a 35-31 over Purdue.

We’ll see if the B1G addresses this in 2024 when the conference expands.