|MetLife Stadium will host another college game in 2013. (US Presswire)|
Unfortunately, there are still more than six months for us to get through before the 2013 college football season begins. But one of the games we can look forward to on that opening weekend will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
"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 in a release. “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 XLVIII."
“We look forward to starting our 2013 season by rekindling an age-old rivalry against a prestigious Penn State program,” said Syracuse's new coach, Scott Shafer. “It is a great opportunity for us to kick off the three-game series with the Nittany Lions in front of one of our largest alumni fan bases at MetLife Stadium.”
This game might mark the beginning of a new three-game series between the schools, but it certainly won't be their first meeting on the gridiron. Syracuse and Penn State have played 70 games against one another, including every season from 1944 through 1990. Penn State holds a 42-23-5 advantage in the series.
It will be only the third game between the schools since then, however, with the last two contests being a 55-13 Penn State win at the Carrier Dome in 2008 and a 28-7 Penn State win at Beaver Stadium in 2009.
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