Penn State Football Will Play Pitt, Beat Them

Penn State Football Will Play Pitt, Beat Them

Okay, it may be a tad early to predict a winner, but c'mon... it's Pitt.

Penn State and Pittsburgh have finally reached an agreement to pick up their long-standing football rivalry, playing a home-and-home series scheduled to begin in 2016 at Heinz Field. While the two universities have not met on the gridiron since 2000, back in the day it was widely considered one of college football's greatest tug-of-wars.

For most of the previous century, the Nittany Lions and Panthers met annually, but the series has been on hold in recent years largely due to Penn State's insistence on a two-for-one: two games at Happy Valley for every one in Pittsburgh. This is a practice prestigious schools often use as leverage with smaller programs, such as Temple.

Conspiracy theorists suggest the real reason for the rivalry's absence was a grudge Joe Paterno had with Pitt over not forming an Eastern sports conference several decades ago. With the Big Ten considering further expansion, and Pitt one of the logical schools left to invite, it would make sense to let the feud thaw.

However, the Penn State-Pitt rivalry continued for many years after the failed realignment attempt, so it's possible they were simply trying to muscle the Panthers into a more favorable schedule.

The two will meet again the following September (2017) in Beaver Stadium, a game that will likely be worth the trek back to State College, if for no other reason than the atmosphere. Pitt's athletic director was confident there could be more games in the future. "We're certainly hopeful that we can continue to come up with ways to play."

PSU is 50-42-4 all time versus Pitt. And yeah, they're gonna beat 'em.

>> Penn State, Pitt to renew rivalry beginning in 2016 [CSN]
>> Pitt-Penn State series is bigger than Paterno [Post-Gazette]

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.