Penn State coach James Franklin in favor of playing Pitt annually

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James Franklin wants to Penn State and Pitt to go steady. (USATSI)

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Since 1894 Penn State and Pitt have met 96 times on a football field, but none of those meetings have come since the 2000 season. A fact that's rather unfortunate considering that the two schools are separated by only 136 miles of road. It's a natural rivalry that I would like to see rekindled, and I'm not the only one.

Plenty of fans of each school feel the same, as does the new coach at Penn State, James Franklin.

"It would be great for the state, great for college football," said Franklin to ESPN's Brett McMurphy when asked about playing an annual game against the Panthers. "I'm in favor of it"

Franklin is not the first coach to say such a thing, as Bill O'Brien felt the same when he first took the job over two year ago. The good news is that there's a chance it could become more than words, as the two schools will play four games from 2016 to 2019, and that could serve as the impetus to continue scheduling the game.

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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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