The Sentinel story said an official announcement would be made Sunday.
A Penn State spokesman said the school does not comment on future games until contracts have been signed.
Since the imposition of the NCAA sanctions, a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien has looked for ways to take a bowl-style trip as a way to attract recruits and fans who enjoy the postseason experience. He found a willing partner for the Ireland trip in UCF head coach George O'Leary, a longtime friend and former coworker.
The Nittany Lions and the Knights will play Sept. 14 at Beaver Stadium.
Three Lions to watch. Three Penn State players have been named to watch lists for 2013 college football awards, two by the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club.
Sophomore defensive end Deion Barnes, a graduate of Northeast High and the 2012 Big Ten Conference freshman of the year, was named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award sponsored by the Maxwell Club and handed out to the nation's best defensive player.
Junior running back Zach Zwinak, who rushed for 1,000 yards last season, was included on the watch list for the Maxwell Award given to the nation's best football player.
Sophomore Kyle Carter, the Lions' second-leading receiver last year despite missing three of the last four games with an injury, was named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award presented to the nation's top tight end.
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