With the creation of the two Big Ten Divisions, Legends and Leaders, some of the traditional rivalry games have unfortunately been diminished, given that the teams will no longer play each other every year. Penn State (Leaders) will lose its annual meetings and trophy games with both Minnesota (Legends) and MSU (Legends). The long history between PSU and Nebraska (Legends) could prove a heated rivalry game and has been slated as a protected cross-over rivalry game to be played annually.
LAND GRANT TROPHY When PSU joined the Big Ten in 1993, their rival was “designated” as MSU. There was never any real reason for this rivalry, other than i... (more)
GOVERNOR'S VICTORY BELL In 1993, Minnesota was Penn State’s first Big Ten match-up as a part of the Big Ten Conference. The Governor’s Bell trophy was awarded to commemorate the meeting and has been played for ever since. Due to the split of the Big Ten Conference in 2011, PSU and Minnesota will only meet once every five years. ... (more)
Although there is no trophy, the Penn State - Nebraska series dates back to 1920 when the Nittany Lions shut out the Huskers 20-0. Although the teams have only met 14 times in the past 9 decades, the teams have always considered each other to be bitter-yet highly respected-rivals. Going into the 2012 season, the teams are tied in the series, 7-7. Penn State - Nebraska is a protected cross-over ... (more)