Penn State's reconfigured 2014 Big Ten schedule currently includes three open dates in seven weeks, the product of a previously scheduled game against Rutgers.
It also has room for one more game, which reportedly could be a trip to Ireland to face Central Florida.
The Big Ten on Thursday announced its 2014 football schedule, the first featuring the new 14-team alignment. Penn State kicks off the campaign Sept. 13 at Rutgers, two weeks before the other teams begin conference play.
That game, originally announced in 2009, was part of a two-year, non-conference agreement between Penn State and Rutgers. The teams retained the date, which will serve as Rutgers' inaugural game in Big Ten play.
It also will mark the fifth consecutive season, and ninth of 11, that Penn State will begin Big Ten play on the road. The Lions open the 2013 conference season at Indiana.
Penn State and Rutgers currently are scheduled for three bye weeks during the conference season, which begins Sept. 27 for the rest of the Big Ten. But Penn State has one non-conference game remaining to schedule, which will reduce the number of byes to two.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said recently that he is "pretty positive" about playing a future game in Ireland. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Penn State and Central Florida are pursuing a game potentially to open the 2014 season.
If Penn State does schedule that game, it could move one of its remaining non-conference games (against Temple, Akron or Rutgers) to an open date.
In addition, the Land Grant Trophy will be awarded again to close the season. Penn State will host Michigan State on Nov. 29, renewing the season-ending series that ran from 1993-2010.
The Lions' remaining 2014 Big Ten home games will be against Northwestern, Ohio State and Maryland.
McGLOIN SIGNS WITH RAIDERS: After attending mini-camps with the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers, Matt McGloin signed a three-year contract Wednesday with the Raiders. McGloin reports Sunday for the team's OTAs.
Agent Mark Magazu said in an email that the former Penn State quarterback is "truly, sincerely excited to be a member of the Raiders organization," a sentiment shared by his family.
"I spoke with his parents and their tears of joy were clear evidence that Matt's inspiring story is unfolding as it should," Magazu said.
McGloin is the fifth quarterback on the Raiders' roster, joining Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Kyle Padron and Tyler Wilson. Padron and Wilson are rookies, and it's unlikely all three rookies will make the roster.
The Raiders opened conversations with Magazu last weekend, while McGloin attended Panthers minicamp. Magazu said that 6-8 teams had "significant interest" prior to the draft.
"But the draft didn't set up favorably going into the third day for the quarterback position," Magazu said.
McGloin then took minicamp invitations from Washington and Carolina before going through a tryout with the Raiders earlier this week.
"I decided to let it go and do what I can do," McGloin told the Scranton Times-Tribune. "I wanted to throw the ball on time and make all the throws. I had to be myself. They liked what they saw, and I am looking forward to spending the next three years out here with this team."
2014 Penn State Football Schedule
Aug. 30, TEMPLE
Sept. 6, AKRON
Sept. 13, *at Rutgers
Sept. 20, UMASS
Sept. 27, NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 11, *at Michigan
Oct. 25, *OHIO STATE
Nov. 1, *MARYLAND
Nov. 8, *at Indiana
Nov. 22, at Illinois
Nov. 29, *MICHIGAN STATE