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Poll: Is West Virginia-Maryland Really a Rivalry?

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What makes a rivalry? Does there have to be a reason for bad blood between the programs? Do fans need a reason to care? Or is geographic proximity enough? Few matchups classified as a “rivalry” by some embody the debate more than West Virginia and Maryland.

With the Mountaineers set to kickoff the season on the road against the Terrapins, it brings to the question: is West Virginia-Maryland a true rivalry?

A history of playing often can create a rivalry and these two programs, who first squared off in 1919, had that going for them for almost three full decades, playing year from 1980 to 2007. But of course, some may also argue there was still no major game moment throughout the years, mostly because the schools never shared a conference.

After 2007, the matchup was reignited in 2015, but that game was extremely one sided and saw WVU pound Maryland 45-6. It took until this season another edition of this game to be played, which could lead to time away ruining any rivalry that did exist.

Regardless whether this matchup is truly a rivalry or not, it is a big game this season, if for no other reason than both teams want to start off the new season with a win.

Is West Virginia-Maryland a Rivalry?

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West Virginia has a 28-22-2 lead in the “rivalry” with Maryland all-time. Kickoff for the latest edition is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 this Saturday.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti manages both Pittsburgh Sports Live and Steelers Now. He also contributes to Pittsburgh Sports Now, WVSportsNow and West Virginia's Metro News.

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