Penn State/Pittsburgh to Renew Rivalry in 2016 and 2017

Nate ScacciaAnalyst IIIJune 14, 2011

The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Pittsburgh Panthers will renew their football rivalry in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The two parties came to terms on a deal that would have the Nittany Lions traveling to Pittsburgh on September 10, 2016. The Panthers will travel to 'Happy Valley" on September 16, 2017.

There was an option to have both teams play again in 2018, but Penn State has no room on their schedule for that year. 

The two schools have not met on the gridiron since September 16, 2000. Penn State holds the advantage in the series with a 50-42-4 record. Pittsburgh won their last meeting with a 12-0 shutout victory.

The renewed rivalry will certainly spark excitement in the College Football world. Both conferences will benefit from the exposure as well. The Big 10 now has 12 teams and is split into two divisions, while the Big East hasn't been as fortunate recently.

Teams like Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College have left the conference in recent years. This matchup could bring in a new audience for the conference, if it's still around by the time these two teams face off.

What do you think of the renewed rivalry between Penn State and Pittsburgh? Do you think that the rivalry is still a big deal?

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