Penn State will play San Diego State in football for the first time in 2015, the third nonconference opponent that has been scheduled for that season by the Nittany Lions.
The game is set for Sept. 26 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State still has one more nonconference game left to be scheduled for 2015. It also will play Temple and Buffalo.
San Diego State finished 9-4 last season and earned a share of the Mountain West Conference title with a 7-1 mark. The Aztecs lost to Brigham Young in the Poinsettia Bowl, their third consecutive postseason berth.
San Diego State has a Sept. 7 meeting this season at Ohio State.
The 2015 season will be the last under the Big Ten’s current format of eight conference games and four nonconference contests. The Big Ten moves to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016.
Penn State football fans who had not yet gotten around to purchasing tickets to the season opener have caught a major break.
Tickets for the game against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey have appeared on the discount ticket site Groupon.com, selling for either $45 or $55 depending on location — up to 48 percent off the face value, according to the site. The site has a limit of eight tickets per person.
The Nittany Lions and Orange kick off the season at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
You can see it all
ESPN will show a behind-the-scenes look at the Penn State football team’s training camp on “ESPN All-Access: Penn State Training Days” later this month.
The filming will conclude with a one-hour special on ESPN or ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Penn State vignettes will be shown during “College Football Live,” “SportsCenter” and multiple ESPNU shows beginning Aug. 16.
A five-part series consisting of 30-minute specials on ESPNU will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 21.
Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien is welcoming the exposure for his program, but he asked for one favor from the ESPN production crew.
“I’ve told them no more microphones on me at practice,” O’Brien said, “because it’s not on HBO.”
On the air
The Big Ten Network has released a portion of its fall broadcast schedule, with two Nittany Lion women’s soccer matches and one for field hockey among those set for TV.
The soccer team will have its home games against Ohio State on Oct. 17 and against Illinois on Oct. 20 shown on BTN.
The field hockey team’s contest at Iowa on Oct. 25 also is set to be shown.
Volleyball is second
The Penn State women’s volleyball team, fresh off a national semifinal appearance for the fifth time in six years, will begin the coming season ranked second in the nation.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason poll Monday, with the Nittany Lions a runner-up in the list behind defending national champion Texas.
The Longhorns received 55 of 60 first-place votes for 1,490 points, while Penn State got three No. 1 votes and 1,425 points. Stanford earned the other top votes and is third with 1,379 points.
Southern California and Washington round out the top five. Among other Big Ten teams in the rankings, Minnesota is sixth, national semifinalist Michigan is seventh, Nebraska stands 10th, followed by Michigan State (14th), Purdue (16th) and Ohio State (23rd).
The Nittany Lions open the season with an exhibition match against the Polish National Team on Aug. 30 before hosting Syracuse and No. 19 Louisville on Aug. 31.
The women’s soccer team opens its season Aug. 23 against West Virginia at Jeffrey Field, while the field hockey team starts Aug. 30 at Old Dominion.