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College football: SU to face Penn St. on Aug. 31


The Syracuse Orange returns to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to face the Penn State Nittany Lions in New York’s College Classic on Saturday, Aug. 31. Game time is TBD.

The matchup marks Syracuse’s second of 14 games to be played at MetLife Stadium through 2038, and Penn State’s first return to the Meadowlands in 13 years, when it faced USC in the 2000 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium. The August game will be the season opener for both schools.

Tickets, which range in price from $75 to $175, go on sale Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Tickets will be available online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at Ticketmaster retails outlets.

Syracuse will ride the momentum of two bowl victories in the past three years and the 2012 Big East co-championship into the Atlantic Coast Conference. First-year head coach Scott Shafer returns 12 starters, including five on offense and seven on defense. Penn State returns 16 starters and 38 letterwinners for 2013.

Syracuse and Penn State met at Giants Stadium on Oct. 20, 1979, with Penn State winning 35-7. The Orange are 0-1 at MetLife Stadium, losing 42-29 against Southern California last September.

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