From the moment he arrived on campus last winter, Pat Narduzzi has insisted Penn State, not West Virginia, is the rivalry Pittsburgh should cultivate.
The first-year Pitt head coach has certainly done his part. He has the Panthers at 5-1, ahead of Penn State but behind Temple for ranking supremacy in the Keystone State. And he's not afraid to take veiled shots at his on-again, off-again rivals from across the state.
His SID even got in on the act.
Penn Sate quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who some projected as a first-round pick this spring, currently ranks 86th nationally in passing efficiency, completing 53.1 percent of his passes for 6.8 yards per attempt.
A total coincidence, I'm sure.
Penn State and Pitt, by the way, begin a four-year series next September at Heinz Field.