I know this has been discussed before but there was a story earlier this week about Louisville and Kentucky fans getting in a fight AT A DIALYSIS CLINIC got me thinking about it again. 1st, it made me a little envious, because regardless of who our biggest rival is, there is probably not enough fuel in that fire to ignite a riot in a room full of failed kidneys. 2nd, if anybody has video of that fight, please email it to [email protected] for my enjoyment.
Pitt, Temple, Ohio State, Michigan
Pitt- Little brother. “sPitt.”
This series has, by far, the most the most history. Penn State is 50-42-4 all-time against Pitt but they haven’t played in almost 12 years and young fans don’t even know who Pitt is. In-state rivalries are ideal, but teams have to actually PLAY each other for that to be possible. Good news, this series has a home-and-home series coming in 2016-17. As irrelevant as Pitt is, I will be attending both of these games, even if Pitt decides to host their end on a high school field that they borrow…
Temple- The other PA school. “Who?”
Penn State hasn’t lost to Temple in your lifetime, making it an impossible rivalry, but Temple fans HATE us, so at least they have that going for them. Their move to the the conference formerly known as the Big East could help them, at least recruiting-wise. In all honesty, Temple has given PSU all they could handle the last two years and deserved a bowl both times but was snubbed. They are on the rise and the addition of ex-Nittany Lion QB Kevin Newsome adds a little to this relationship. Also, unlike Little Brother, at least Temple is willing to regularly play us!
Michigan- “2005 season ruiners!!!!!!”
I would trade Wisconsin OR Nebraska out for a chance to play UM every year. My best friend is a Michigan fan and for about a decade straight, I spent one Saturday each fall curled up in a ball on his couch in mourning. Just as the tide turned and PSU reeled off a few straight against the Wolverines, the series went on a 2 year hiatus following divisional re-alignment. Penn State fans will always wonder what could have been if Mario Manningham hadn’t caught that short touchdown in 2005 after Llyod Carr cried to get time put back on the clock. I can’t wait until 2013 when we get another stab at them.
Penn State is 14-13 all time against Ohio State and has won 2 of the last 3 in the “Shoe” but the Big Ten has been owned by the Buckeyes for the last decade. Recent recruiting battles with Urban Meyer have further fueled the hatred from our end and the arrogance from theirs, as though they didn’t go 6-7 last season. This is the easy winner for me. I live in Ohio. I work with Buckeye fans, am friends with several and I even married one. I was at the last 2 wins in Columbus and I promise you that is a smile that doesn’t easily wipe off. Problem with this rivalry is that we are NOT theirs and we will never be. OSU considers Michigan to be their #1, 2 and 3 rival and that just pisses PSU fans off even more. Penn State and Ohio State will square off in Happy Valley this year on Halloween weekend in what will likely be a night-game whiteout. I’ll see you there.
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