Nov 12, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers cheerleaders perform in the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Paul Brown Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated the Bearcats 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State And West Virginia In Talks To Renew Football Series


When one team owns a 48-9-2 record over the other in a series, it is something of a stretch to call that a rivalry. But at least according to Wikipedia, Penn State and West Virginia qualifies.  And if Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com is right, that rivalry could be renewed in the not too distant future.

The next meeting between the Moutaineers and Nittany Lions would be the first since 1992, when Penn State won in Morgantown 40-26.  As Fowler said, there is no indication when such a series would begin, how many games would take place, or the locations of those games.  Looking at PSU’s future schedules, 2015 would appear to be the earliest possible date.  Common sense would lead me to believe it would be further down the road than that.

While West Virginia is hardly the big time matchup (think Alabama) many clamor for, it at least represents a branching out regarding football scheduling.  Pitt is back for at least 4 years in 2015, and there have been indications both schools are open to a more long term agreement.  There has also been talk of a possible return of Miami for the first time since 2001, and a series with Virginia Tech down the road.  Oh, and we are probably going to Ireland.

Between the Big 10′s agreement to no longer schedule FCS teams, as well as the new philosophy from Bill O’Brien towards scheduling, let’s hope this is just the beginning of some new visitors to Beaver Stadium.

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