Sunday, July 31, 2005

BlogPoll Roundtable #4- Rivals

1. Well, the Big Ten and the media tells us (Penn State fans) that Minnesota and Michigan State are our rivals. I don't hate or dislike either school. Though I still hold a small amount of disdain for the '99 game. I hate Michigan. The rest of Big Ten schools I am indifferent on. As I see it, Pitt is Penn State's only real rival. Since the series has been discontinued (the last game was in 2000), Pitt and Penn State no longer play. Though the hate still runs strong, especially on the Pitt side. I would say Penn State has a minor rivalry with Notre Dame. Two of the most historical programs in college football will meet in 2006 and 2007.

2. Well Penn State should beat both of our "rivals". Minnesota should be an easy victory at home. The final game against Michigan State will be a bit of a challenge unless the Spartans crumble early on in the season. PSU seems to have some trouble in East Lansing but I don't see the Spartans living up to expectations.

3. I would like to see another long term Penn State-Alabama series. Unlike most rivals, Penn State and Alabama have a mutual respect for one another that is still present today. Bama fans are some of the best fans in college football. Tuscaloosa and State College are two of the nation's best college towns and the fans travel in droves. Right now, PSU and Bama are slated to play again in 2013 and 2014.

4. Ohio State-Michigan. Always something on the line and usually a well played a game.

Best: Golden Hat, Paul Bunyan's Axe, Black Diamond Trophy and the various drums and bells
Worst: The Land Grant Trophy. Too bad the only winning symbol from last season for Penn State was this ugly hunk of wood.


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