Let Penn State Think It’s OSU’s Rival

Written October 25th, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

Everybody Hurts... Sometimes

Penn State fans hate Ohio State fans much more than Ohio State fans hate Penn State ones.

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti made some comments earlier this week that seem to have OSU fans upset. My advice to OSU fans is just to let it go.

Why? Because Penn State doesn’t have anything else.

I am a firm believer of teams being able to have multiple rivals, but there will always be one that stands above all. For Ohio State, that team is obviously Michigan.

Penn State doesn’t have a Michigan-like rival. So, what do PSU fans do? They hate the team that has seen the most success in the conference in recent years.

The last two times the Buckeyes traveled to Happy Valley–in 2007 and 2009–I was there too. I spent two separate weekends in State College and went to both games at Beaver Stadium, both of which were Buckeye blowout wins I might add.

Before the game, my friends and I couldn’t walk anywhere around town without hearing it from somebody. I found it all in good fun, but you could tell that the PSU fans are just a little bit on edge when the Buckeyes come to town.

One Penn State fan (I’m assuming she was a student) attempted to insult me by asking, “why do you even go to Ohio State, were you too stupid to get in to Penn State?”

Sick burn, I know. I just laughed and said, “actually it’s because I’m from Ohio.”

I don’t think I was ever more excited to be wearing an Ohio State jersey after a game, though. I didn’t even have to say anything to the PSU fans. I simply walked out of the stadium smiling at all of them.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is go easy on the PSU fans because Ohio State is to them what Michigan is to Ohio State.

Even though it’s not like that to Buckeye fans, just remember that it’s not their fault they chose to be a fan of the wrong school.


  1. KenNo Gravatar
    October 25th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Tim, interesting ‘voice of moderation’ article. I will say this; I’m in my 60′s, have followed the Buckeyes the major portion of my life, and will always consider Michigan a healthy and respected rival of ours. I have nothing but disdain for the Penn State program and their fans. They only wish they could be elevated to the class as our games with Michigan.

    I base my dismissal on two area. First is their (fans) lockstep deification of all things Joe Paterno. The other is their arrogance of being ‘The Beast of the East’ when they joined the Big 10, which meant they fattened their W/L% (in good years) on the likes of Boston College, Pitt, Syracuse, etc.

    Of the two “recent” additions to the conference (Penn State, Nebraska), the Huskers and their fan base are far more what I want as a conference representative.

    So, your last line rings true as ever.


    MikeNo Gravatar
    October 30th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Well said, Ken. I grew up in PA and always hated P(s)U due to that “deification” of the scoundrel Paterno you mention here. I’m not primarily a fan of OSU, but always respected the team and its fans, and totally dig “script Ohio.” Also respect Wolverines, but root for the Bucks in that game. And also VERY much agree with your assessment of Nebraska. My direct experience has been they are a fun and classy bunch of fans. The “we are Penn State”cult, on the other hand, is an embarrassment. Shouldn’t be playing this year, CERTAINLY not on TV each week. THANKS, OSU, for beating them down at Creepy Valley this week. Hope Huskers hammer them, and that Badgers do the same. Kick them out of Big 10.


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