PENN STATE-PITT THIS SATURDAY: WHEN HATE COMES INTO PLAY!

By Harry Allison

Penn State squares off against Pitt this Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and it will be hard to top last season’s game:

Pitt won last year’s first meeting since 2000 in thrilling fashion, 42-39 at Heinz Field.

Penn State is eyeing a national championship and looked the part in its 52-0 season-opening rout of Akron.

Even coach James Franklin tweeted yesterday: “Need 300+ Lettermen on the sidelines,stadium completely sold out,every seat filled!Make our stadium the most challenging environment in CFB!”

“Hate” is not too strong a word for what the two fan bases feel toward each other, but what about from a football standpoint?

“You’d have to ask them; I don’t know,” Narduzzi said in one of his more subdued answers of yesterday’s news conference. “Ask them if it is. I don’t know. We’re just gonna play the game. We’re just gonna play football. There’s no hate here, I know that. But I don’t think there’s any hate there, either.”

After Saturday’s victory against Youngstown State, new starting quarterback Max Browne was asked what he knows about the Pitt-Penn State relationship.

“I know I’m supposed to hate ‘em,” Browne said with a chuckle. “And I guess I know I do hate ‘em.”

“I know it’s a rivalry game for us,” Narduzzi said. “But some people think it’s a rivalry game, some people don’t — it doesn’t matter what they think, it just matters what we think. If we think it is — that it is for us — then it doesn’t have to be for them. It really doesn’t. Everybody has different rivalries.”

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