Revival of the Rival

As two teams rich in history prepare to line up opposite each other once again, see how they have faired before inside.

The Syracuse-Penn State rivalry began as far back as 1922, with no victor rising as a result of a 0-0 tie.

These historic college football foes would tie four more times.

During the 20-year span from 1950 to 1970, the majority of Ben Schwartzwalder's time at the helm of the Syracuse Orange, he helped guide the team to an 11-10 advantage in wins over the Penn State Nittany Lions.

But toward the tail-end of Schwartzwalder's coaching career and beyond, Syracuse went on a 16-game losing streak to their longtime adversary.

In 1987, the Orange, under the leadership of Dick MacPherson, elevated to a victory over the Nittany Lions, something they would repeat again in 1988.

The win in 1988 is the last time Syracuse has bested Penn State. Meeting twice in the 21st century, the Orange resided on the wrong end of the win-loss spectrum, falling in 2008 and again in 2009.

In 70 matches, the Nittany Lions own a 42-23-5 record, giving them the advantage going into the revival of the rivalry. Syracuse and Penn State will meet on neutral ground at MetLife Stadium, the home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, as a simultaneous season-opener for both on Saturday, August 31st, at 3:30pm ET. The match, known as New York's College Classic, will be televised on ABC.


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