James Franklin Could See Penn State “Possibly Doing a Neutral Site Game” With Pitt

Matthew O'Haren - USA Today Sports

Penn State and Pittsburgh played a football game almost every single year from 1900 to 1992.

What happened?

Well Pitt went to the Big East, Penn State went to the Big 10, and then the next 20 years saw conference realignment that resulted in other historic rivalries going right into the toilet. Now we’ve got Syracuse in the “Atlantic Coast” Conference and Missouri in the “Southeastern” conference, among other such geographical head scratchers.

PSU and Pitt renewed their rivalry with a four-game series that began in 2016 and ends on Saturday, when the two sides meet in Happy Valley. Beyond that, there’s nothing, as the Nittany Lions move on to play the likes of Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Villanova, while the Yinzers add Notre Dame and Tennessee in the non-conference slate.

Today head ball coach James Franklin was asked about the future of the series, and had this to say:

Not a bad idea, but I don’t know where you’d do a neutral site game that makes sense. Philly? The schools are only a few hours apart and if you drop a pin halfway between them, you land pretty close to Indiana. Perhaps Pitt and PSU could play a game at IUP’s 11,000 capacity Miller Stadium, which would feature 10,000 Penn State fans and 1,000 Pitt fans.

I have a better idea, which I wrote about two years ago. How about eastern football teams play other eastern football teams every single year? I know Penn State fans shit all over the idea of leaving the Big 10, because you guys think you’re too big or too important or whatever, but you belong in a conference that looks like this:

  • Penn State
  • Pitt
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Rutgers
  • Boston College
  • Temple
  • Syracuse
  • Virginia Tech
  • some other team

Think about it. Wouldn’t it be in your best interest to win this conference with frequency instead of losing eight of your last 10 games to Ohio State?

I’m just joking. Penn State is fine in my book, especially if you’re playing Pitt this weekend.

We are! 

Penn State.

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6 Comments

  • Dave Wannstache September 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    13-9.

    And worry about your own grease fire of a football program. Missouri just scored again.

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    • Kevin Kinkead September 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      Pitt football: one 10-win season since 1982

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      • Dave Wannstache September 10, 2019 at 4:14 pm

        Sick burn, bro. “Oooh a school that doesn’t invest in its football program sucks!” You got me there. Almost as good as your jersey shore take.

        28 point dog. All Yinz had to do was beat a lousy Pitt team that couldn’t pass to go to the BCS championship. And
        You tripped over your own ding ding.

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        • What are you 18? September 11, 2019 at 12:44 am

          Acting like you don’t care and using “sick burn, bro” as your opener is a bad look. I thought you were 18 until you said ding ding. All youse had to do was say anything other than what you said to be coherent.. Pretending like Pitt doesnt “invest” in football is a great take. Franklin the bum is beat you into oblivion. You make Temple look good

          Reply
  • Jackie Treehorn September 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Can we do a doubleheader with the Temple Field Hockey squad?

    Asking for a friend….

    Reply
  • RichRod September 10, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Thirteen. Nine. #H2P!

    Reply
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