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       === Syracuse and Penn State to open 2013 season in New Jersey ===
 
 East  Rutherford, NJ  (Sports Network) - Syracuse and Penn State will kick off
 the 2013 college football season at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
 
 The  contest,  first announced  in June  2010, will  pit two long-time eastern
 rivals  in  a game  billed as  New York's College  Classic on  Aug. 31 in East
 Rutherford.
 
 Syracuse,  which will move from the Big East to the ACC next season, played at
 MetLife Stadium during the 2012 campaign, falling to Southern California.
 
 "We  look forward to starting our 2013 season by rekindling an age-old rivalry
 against  a prestigious  Penn State  program,"  said new  Syracuse coach  Scott
 Shafer.
 
 It  will be  Penn State's  first  game at  the  new football  stadium in  East
 Rutherford  and the  school's first  visit  to the  Meadowlands complex  since
 squaring  off against  USC  at the  old  Giants Stadium  in  the 2000  Kickoff
 Classic.
 
 "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. "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."
 
 Penn State has played Syracuse 70 times previously -- the second-highest total
 for  a Nittany Lions opponent -- and owns a 42-23-5 record against the Orange.
 The  two  schools met every  season from  1944-90, then most-recently played a
 home-and-home set in 2008-09 with Penn State winning both games.
 
 Syracuse  is  5-4 all-time  at the  Meadowlands, while Penn  State was 10-3 at
 Giants Stadium, including a 35-7 victory over Syracuse in 1979.
 
 02/21 12:47:24 ET