After coming out of the gates hot with a 2-0 record to start the 2022 NCAA season, the Penn State Nittany Lions are set to take their show on the road to Alabama for a cross-conference showdown with the Auburn Tigers of the SEC.

Though the Nittany Lions have taken on another Power 5 contest on September 1st in the form of a Week 1 win over Purdue, this is the first game of the year Penn State will play as a ranked team, and the best chance they’ll have to test their proverbial mettle until October 15th, when they travel west to Ann Arbor for a pivotal game at “The Big House” that could very well decide the ultimate victor of the Big 10 East.

If the Nittany Lions win, they’ll likely rise up even higher in the power rankings, especially if Week 3 has as many shocking upsets as Week 2. And if not? Well, there will be plenty of time to rebuild some goodwill with a contest against Central Michigan rounding out the month of September, and a home game against Northwestern on October 1st before the bye.

Fortunately, Auburn looks like an ideal measuring stick for PSU in Week 3 and could help to set a strong tone for a month of momentum-building should-be victories.