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Pitt, Penn State To Renew Rivalry Beginning 2016

Surprising everyone, Penn State and Pitt announced today that the two teams will renew their old rivalry, last seen in 2000, for a two-game series in 2016-2017.

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The series will be a true home-and-home series, beginning in Pittsburgh in 2016 and finishing in Happy Valley in 2017. Is this a sign of things to come, or merely a one-off series that fans can expect to see once every twenty years?

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I, for one, am glad to see this. I wrote about it on another site that this is good for Penn State, and Anson and I debated this very topic about three weeks ago here at SBN Pittsburgh.

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I feel that an out-of-conference yearly matchup, especially one against a geographic rival, is one of the best parts of college football. There aren't too many left in America, and with conference expansion ever-looming, there are fewer chances for teams. But for two teams to have played as consistently as these two teams have over the past 110 years and then to just stop seems wrong to me.

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Stay tuned to SBN Pittsburgh, as we'll certainly have more to come on this big news.

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