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Penn State to Host Buffalo in 2026

Penn State Football: Beaver Stadium
Jarrod Prugar

Penn State will host Buffalo at Beaver Stadium in 2026, Buffalo tweeted Thursday afternoon.

The schools have had four prior meetings, with Penn State winning three of them.

Buffalo won the first meeting, which took place in 1900, only 120+ years ago.

Penn State cruised to easy wins over Buffalo in 2007, 2015 and 2019, which were all early September games at Beaver Stadium. In the most recent meeting, Buffalo made Penn State sweat for a while, leading 10-7 at halftime and forcing a turnover early in the third quarter. But a 36-yard pick-6 by John Reid ignited a 38-3 scoring run, and Penn State ended up rolling to a 45-13 win.

Like the previous three, this game will take place in September, the 19th to be exact. That date is interesting because Penn State currently has a game scheduled with San Jose State the same day.

It’s very unlikely that Penn State will play a doubleheader, so the most realistic outcome seems to be that Penn State will take on Buffalo that day and figure out something else to do with the San Jose State bout. Penn State also has out-of-conference games against Temple and Marshall scheduled for 2026. Temple is an in-state opponent that Penn State has a history with, but the teams haven’t played since 2016. Penn State and Marshall have only played twice, both taking place during the “Great Depression.” Penn State won both meetings, the latter being a 65-0 drubbing in 1930.

2026 is a long way off, and for now, Penn State and its fans are focused on the 2023 season. The opener is scheduled for Sept. 2 against West Virginia at Beaver Stadium, with all signs pointing to it being scheduled at 7:30 on NBC.

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