The rivalry continues!
After more than a decade of not playing each other, Penn State and Pittsburgh will finally face off again on September 10, 2016 in the Steel City. The two rivals will also play on September 16, 2017 in Happy Valley.
Here’s Tim Curley:
We are very excited about renewing our rivalry with Pitt… We have worked our schedules to play some of our neighboring rivalries like Syracuse, Rutgers and Temple and are glad to have identified dates that worked for our schedules to play Pitt. The Penn State-Pitt game was one that football fans across the Commonwealth have been passionate about. There have been many memorable Penn State-Pitt games, featuring outstanding players and coaches, and we look forward to playing the Panthers again.
Pittsburgh’s AD Steve Pederson:
The tremendous history of this rivalry is well documented and the passion that fans have for this game is enormous… We are very pleased that this two-game series is now in place and a new generation of fans can experience the excitement of a Pitt-Penn State football game beginning in 2016.
This is quite an exciting development to say the least. PSU and Pitt haven’t played since the Panthers defeated the Lions 12-0 at old Three Rivers Stadium in the year 2000. By the time they play again, the players on the field will have been around five years old when the teams played last. Nevertheless, I expect the young Lions to be hungry for revenge.
No matter how good or bad the state of either program in 2016, it should be quite a scene in Pittsburgh when game day roles around. I can already hear the conflicting chants, smell the charcoal and see Lee Corso sweat over which giant feline head to put on.
Penn State leads the all-time series 52-40-4, so Pitt will need more than just the two games if they hope to catch up. I’d expect the renewal of this rivalry to bring more national attention to both schools just because the national media loves rivalries (so much that I’m assuming Corso will be there). It would be just great if both schools got enough attention to convince them to make this more than a two year special event.