Oct 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) runs the ball against Penn State Nittany Lions safety Adrian Amos (4) at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 63-14. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: Buckeyes are Penn State's biggest rival?

Throughout the years, since they joined the Big Ten, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions have had some memorable battles on the football field. And while we know that the Michigan Wolverines are the definitive rival of the Buckeyes, the Nittany Lions don’t really have one of those.

Therefore, given the amazing games they’ve played through the years, are the Buckeyes their biggest rival?

Well, Adam Rittenberg from the ESPN Big Ten blog seems to believe so.

I still think Penn State’s biggest league rival is Ohio State. Sure, Ohio State always will have Michigan and might not cross paths as much with Penn State on the recruiting trail as Maryland or Rutgers will. But the two teams are on more equal footing and have played many more memorable games in recent years. Penn State is 3-6 against Ohio State since 2005, the best record of any Big Ten team against the Buckeyes during the span and far better than Ohio State’s chief rival, Michigan, has fared. The Lions scored wins at Ohio Stadium in both 2008 and 2011 — the Buckeyes have lost only two other Big Ten home games since the 2004 season.

There might not be a Terrelle Pryorto stir the pot, but Ohio State and Penn State undoubtedly will compete for more elite prospects as long as Franklin and Urban Meyer are coaching the teams. Plus, longtime Lions assistant Larry Johnson moved to the Buckeyes staff in the offseason after being passed over again for the top job at PSU.

Is the PSU-OSU rivalry ideal? No. It might take some time for Penn State to match Ohio State’s talent and depth again, but I like the ingredients here more than the likely lopsided series with either Maryland or Rutgers.

Agree or disagree, Buckeyes fans? Is Ohio State the biggest rival of Penn State?

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  • James

    Adam doesn’t speak for PSU fans. That’s his opinion. As a PSU fan, I’m much more excited about the upcoming games against Maryland and Rutgers. It will be nice to have rivalries with other eastern schools. OSU doesn’t care, and PSU fans just want to beat PSU because they’re currently the big dog in the conference. Bring on Maryland!


    It will take PSU six more years to undo the damage the scandal and the NCAA sanctions have done to the program. Look for OSU to have easy wins over PSU till around 2020.