By Harry Allison

Penn State’s season opener against Temple at the Linc is only two weeks away — Sept. 5 at 3:30 pm.

But after that much-anticipated kickoff to the 2015 season, James Franklin’s Nits (above) will have a stiff schedule in the Big 10, with these three games providing the biggest tests:

Oct. 24: Penn State at Maryland in Baltimore. Expect plenty of PSU fans in attendance and lots of pre-game, and post-game revelry at Fells Point. Franklin’s team has a score to settle after Maryland upset the Lions at Beaver Stadium in 2014, a narrow loss that was a big deal for the Terps and their recruiting efforts. It should be another close game.

Nov. 7: Penn State at Northwestern. Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats throttled previously unbeaten Penn State 29-6 last season at Beaver Stadium, a loss that few saw coming. Now the scene shifts to Evanston, and the Lions weren’t exactly road warriors in the Big Ten a year ago.

Nov. 21: Michigan at Penn State. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines invade State College and you can expect a more disciplined, more determined effort from a Michigan side that will take on the personality of its passionate coach. The Wolverines return a lot of talent from the 2014 squad and Harbaugh can coach. There won’t be anything easy about this game.