East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Syracuse and Penn State will kick off
the 2013 college football season at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The contest, first announced in June 2010, will pit two long-time eastern
rivals in a game billed as New York's College Classic on Aug. 31 in East
Syracuse, which will move from the Big East to the ACC next season, played at
MetLife Stadium during the 2012 campaign, falling to Southern California.
"We look forward to starting our 2013 season by rekindling an age-old rivalry
against a prestigious Penn State program," said new Syracuse coach Scott
It will be Penn State's first game at the new football stadium in East
Rutherford and the school's first visit to the Meadowlands complex since
squaring off against USC at the old Giants Stadium in the 2000 Kickoff
"We are thrilled with the opportunity to open the 2013 season in a fantastic
venue like MetLife Stadium against Syracuse, a team that Penn State has more
than 90 years of tradition with on the football field," said Penn State coach
Bill O'Brien. "With nearly 30,000 Penn State alumni in the New York-New Jersey
metro area, we are looking forward to playing in front of a passionate base of
Penn State supporters. It will be exciting for our team to open the 2013
season in the same facility that will end the year by hosting Super Bowl
Penn State has played Syracuse 70 times previously -- the second-highest total
for a Nittany Lions opponent -- and owns a 42-23-5 record against the Orange.
The two schools met every season from 1944-90, then most-recently played a
home-and-home set in 2008-09 with Penn State winning both games.
Syracuse is 5-4 all-time at the Meadowlands, while Penn State was 10-3 at
Giants Stadium, including a 35-7 victory over Syracuse in 1979.
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