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A couple of thoughts...

1. The Penn State vs. Ohio State matchup is slowly becoming a significant rivalry. I don't expect PSU to ever replace Michigan as the Buttholes main squeeze, but it is intensifying and all the elements are in place: a) close proximity; b) similar recruiting territory; c) players on both teams that either played against or with each other in high school; d) a distinct and growing dislike for each other; e) events that happen that just generally piss off one or the other team (such as challenging a ball placement call when you hold a huge lead). The rivalries PSU has with Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan & Illinois all have their reasons based on e), but really lack most or all the other elements. 2. He may not like the idea, but it is in Urban Meyer's and Ohio State's best interests to do what he can to keep high profile recruits in the BIG, and not just with Ohio State. If that doesn't happen, then the Buttholes chances to play in a national championship game greatly diminish. They don't have enough games against quality opponents that will let them get over the proverbial hump of "perceived" greatness that is the SEC. 3. We may not like the way Urban Meyer plays in the sandbox, but he does bring that SEC mentality of recruiting and coaching to the BIG. The other programs, including Penn State will either have to adapt to that mentality or accept the fact that the BIG will suffer in the polls and recruiting. 4. As it relates to 1. above, the Nits have not had a really significant rivalry since joining the BIG, despite everyone trying force it to happen (Michigan State). Rivalries just happen over time, due to circumstances outlined in 1. above. I'd like to know who you think will be PSU's chief rival twenty years from now.

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