Penn State Football: Could Maryland And Penn State Have An Annual Trophy?
Penn State knows all about fabricated rivalries between fellow Big Ten teams and it looks like Maryland wants to get in on the action as well according to the Washington Post.
According to the report, Maryland is already in talks with Penn State and fellow Big Ten entrant Rutgers for annual trophy games that could help spice up the meetings between Maryland and its two regional counterparts.
“(Rivalries) develop more organically,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told the Post. “I’m not saying you can’t create a trophy. I think these rivalries will happen quite naturally based on a bad officiating call, a great individual performance, an upset, securing a championship. That’s really the stuff of memories. Memories translate into traditions.”
From that perspective it ought to take a little bit of effort from Maryland to really make it a trophy worth winning. Penn State is 35-1-1 against Maryland and while the gap between the two programs has shrunk it's going to take a few wins to make it a true rivalry.
Penn State's only hope at this point is that any created trophies look better than the Land Grant Trophy given to the winner of the once-annual meeting between the Nittany Lions and Michigan State. The Spartans won the most recent meeting in the series, earning the right to take the end-table looking trophy home, something that might just dampen the feeling of victory for all of Spartan nation.