From 1935-1992, Penn State played Pittsburgh in football every single year.
That ended in 1993, and since 2001, the two teams have played each other only twice — in 2016 and 2017. In 2018 and 2019, the Nittany Lions and Panthers will face off as well, ending a four-year deal signed back in 2016 between the two schools.
On Wednesday, however, the renewal of the rivalry received a jolt. According to onwardstate.com, Pittsburgh athletic director Heather Lyke said in an interview with The Canton Repository, “We have a contract very close to being done and being sent to Penn State to extend the football deal and I think that’s a huge priority and a huge rivalry and it’s necessary, so we’re working hard on that.”
The 99th meeting between the two teams will take place in 2018, while the 100th will occur in 2019, finalizing the current four-year deal. As long as Lyke’s words are true, the 101st meeting will take place sooner than later.
Earlier this season, the Nittany Lions defeated the Panthers, 33-14. Next season’s game will take place on Sept. 8 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Penn State leads the all-time series 51-43.
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