MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A plan has been in the works for some time to resume the West Virginia/Penn State rivalry. Thursday, it was made official: The Mountaineers will visit State College on Sept. 2, 2023, with the Nittany Lions paying a return visit on Aug. 31, 2024.
Yep, that's 10 and 11 years away, but we'll call it progress.
(Note: In 2023, I'll be 32, and the players that will play in those games are 8-12 years old today.)
“I know how exciting it was to play in Beaver Stadium and to have the Nittany Lions come to Morgantown,” West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said. ”I think the renewal of this series will be great for the fan bases of the two schools as both locations provide an easy drive. I want to thank athletic director Dave Joyner and coach Bill O’Brien for their efforts in getting this series renewed. Both universities have rich traditions and history, and to be able to revive the memories and the fun is what makes college football so special.”
The teams have faced each other 59 times, the third-most of West Virginia matchup (Pitt 104, Syracuse 60), and last played in 1992, ending when Penn State joined the Big Ten. The Lions hold the 48-9-2 all-time series advantage.