Steve Addazio didn’t surprise me by saying Penn State and Temple could become one of college football’s great rivalries.
What else was the Temple coach supposed to say, considering the Nittany Lions are the Owls’ next opponent?
The somewhat surprising thing was that Addazio mentioned Pittsburgh.
“You know they talk about the big three – Pitt, Penn State and Temple,” he said. “I think we should play Pittsburgh. I’m all for that.”
OK, coach. Keep preaching to me.
“I think all three of us should play each other,” Addazio said. “And I think it’s great for Pennsylvania. I think it’s great for college football.”
He added his biggest criticism about college football is the lack of natural rivalries.
“These conferences are starting to break apart and lose that component, which I think really made college football great when you had these rivalry games that are played within the same state,” he said. “I love to see more of that.”
The Panthers have a 27-7-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Owls. Pittsburgh took a 27-22 victory in the teams' last meeting on Oct. 9, 2004.
Penn State holds a 36-3-1 series’ advantage and has won 28 consecutive games over Temple. Penn State recorded a 22-13 come-from-behind victory last season at Beaver Stadium.
The last Pittsburgh vs. Penn State game was played in 2000. The Panthers won that game, 12-0. The series will be renewed for a home and home in 2016 and 2017. Penn State leads that series, 50-42-4.
- Keith Pompey