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Former Foes Week 5: Perhaps That OOC Schedule Wasn’t So Bad After All...

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Good thing Pitt waited a week before resorting to some trickeration.

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Well, what a difference a weeks makes, huh? While it’s still September, it seems that a couple of Penn State’s former 2019 opponents might end up with better than expected records when it’s all said and done. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Former Foes

Idaho Vandals

Last Seen: Beating last year’s FCS runner-up Eastern Washington at home last weekend. The Vandals jumped out to a 28-0 lead at halftime and held off a furious rally from the Eagles to win 35-27. One does not simply enter the Kibbie Dome and come away victorious.

Up Next: The Vandals take to the road to face Northern Colorado on Saturday.

2019 Record: 2-2

Buffalo Bulls

Last Seen: Taking down Temple at home 38-22. Yes, the same Temple team that only the week prior had taken down Maryland. Ergo, Penn State > Buffalo > Temple > Maryland. Because the transitive property concept totally applies here, right? Right???

Up Next: On the road this Saturday at Miami (OH)

2019 Record: 2-2

Pitt Panthers

Last Seen: Jumping out to a stunning 21-0 lead against UCF, only to blow it in spectacular Pitt fashion by allowing 31 unanswered points. This was followed by managing to find their second wind and rally to a 35-34 victory, in which they scored the go-ahead touchdown by successfully converting a “Philly Special” (affectionately re-dubbed “Pitt Special”) on 4th and 3 from the UCF 5-yard line.

With those 42-39 keychains losing their luster after three straight Super Bowl defeats and that 2018 ACC Coastal championship barely registering on the excitement scale, Pitt fans embraced their annual scalp over a Top 25 program with some new braggadocious merchandise:

Up Next: Home against FCS Delaware this Saturday

2019 Record: 2-2

Former Bros

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Last Seen: Joe Moorhead’s crew rebounded from the previous week’s stunning loss to Kansas State to knock off Kentucky, 28-13. An injured Tommy Stevens did not play, so true freshman Garrett Shrader got his first career start, throwing for 180 yards on 17-of-22 passing with one interception and rushing for 125 yards on 11 carries. Not too shabby.

Up Next: A very difficult road test at 7th-ranked Auburn this Saturday.

2019 Record: 3-1