The Big Ten has added a bye week within the eight-game league football schedule beginning in 2010, the conference announced yesterday in releasing the league schedules for the 2010 to 2012 seasons.

The bye will push the end of the regular season back a week. That means Penn State's season-ending game with Michigan State will be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving starting in 2010.

Each team will get a week off this coming season because of how the calendar falls and Penn State still will finish before Thanksgiving.

Penn State will play 12 games in 12 weeks in 2009 before the new alignment goes into effect.

Because of the new bye week, a number of Penn State's nonconference games for future seasons will be rescheduled, the school said in a press release.

Penn State will not play Wisconsin or Purdue in 2009 and '10 and will not play Michigan or Indiana in 2011 and '12.

PENN STATE SCHEDULES

2009

Sept. 5:. . . TBA

Sept. 12:. . . Syracuse

Sept. 19:. . . Temple

Sept. 26:. . . Iowa

Oct. 3:. . . at Illinois

Oct. 10:. . . Eastern Illinois

Oct. 17:. . . Minnesota (HC)

Oct. 24:. . . at Michigan

Oct. 31:. . . at Northwestern

Nov. 7:. . . Ohio State

Nov. 14:. . . Indiana

Nov. 21:. . . at Michigan State

2010

Sept. 4:. . . Youngstown State

Sept. 11:. . . at Alabama

Sept. 18:. . . Kent State

Sept. 25:. . . Temple

Oct. 2:. . . at Iowa

Oct. 9:. . . Illinois

Oct. 16:. . . Bye

Oct. 23:. . . at Minnesota

Oct. 30:. . . Michigan

Nov. 6:. . . Northwestern

Nov. 13:. . . at Ohio State

Nov. 20:. . . at Indiana

Nov. 27:. . . Michigan State

2011

Sept. 3:. . . TBA

Sept. 10:. . . Alabama

Sept. 17:. . . at Temple

Sept. 24:. . . TBA

Oct. 1:. . . at Illinois

Oct. 8:. . . Ohio State

Oct. 15:. . . Iowa

Oct. 22:. . . at Northwestern

Oct. 29:. . . Purdue

Nov. 5:. . . Bye

Nov. 12:. . . Wisconsin

Nov. 19:. . . at Minnesota

Nov. 26:. . . at Michigan State

2012

Sept. 1:. . . TBA

Sept. 8:. . . at Virginia

Sept. 15:. . . Temple

Sept. 22:. . . TBA

Sept. 29:. . . Illinois

Oct. 6:. . . at Ohio State

Oct. 13:. . . at Iowa

Oct. 20:. . . Northwestern

Oct. 27:. . . at Purdue

Nov. 3:. . . Bye

Nov. 10:. . . at Wisconsin

Nov. 17:. . . Minnesota

Nov. 24:. . . Michigan State