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Calling all West Virginia football fans in Morgantown

I thank everyone for your e-mails and request more. I enjoy getting feedback from fans. Yesterday’s post about West Virginia fans generated a lot of feedback, and I am asking for West Virginia fans to e-mail me about the home crowd, the rivalry and about good places to eat in and around Morgantown. What makes your home crowd so hostile? How would you describe the fan base?

My e-mail: prisbelle@washpost.com

Fire away.

Torrey Smith, Maryland’s standout wide receiver, told me yesterday: “This is a really big game for us as players. People have been waiting for the West Virginia game for some time.”

And linebacker Adrian Moten was a human quote machine. He was great. I'll save most of that for the preview stories, though.

How big of a rivalry is this?

I still say Maryland’s biggest rival is Virginia, but this is right up there.

And West Virginia’s biggest rival? It’s obviously Rutgers Pittsburgh. Agree?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 15, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
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Comments

What does it say about our football program that we are choosing between VA and WVA as our biggest rival?

It says we don't have much of a football program.

Posted by: petecard | September 15, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

pete,

While i agree...to an extent, I think it says more about the geographic distribution of football excellence, in general. I mean familiarity breeds both contempt and strong rivalries as much as continuing program credibility. The Terps, unless MD/Navy becomes a regular thing, really have nobody nearby that they can focus on. Baltimore? Philly? Richmond?

There's squadoosh!

Posted by: mdrockjock | September 15, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Having been born and raised in College Park I've been watching the Turtles for almost 50 years, since i was 10 years old. Virginia has never been our biggest rival. They were always just a bunch of "thought of blue blood" frat boys that just happened to throw a football around. Like West Va. Maryland always played blue collar football and Morgantown was the closest venue to us. We played Penn St. every year but never matched up to their caliper of play. We were always outsized like a high school team playing against the pros. Traveling to Penn St. was no fun, parking in a active cow pasture and where to go after the game...an ice cream parlor or pizza joint?? fugedaboutit!

Posted by: dotmanva | September 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

This game is a natural rivalry for both schools. The series record is pretty evenly matched and it is an easy drive between campuses. WVU's biggest rival is Pitt (probably because they've played each other for over 100 years and they're only 70 some miles apart). I went to WVU in the 70's and have been a season ticket holder since '84. I'd describe the fan base as "rabid". The crowd noise can be loud but I wouldn't describe it as hostile and I've been to games in larger stadiums that are much louder. In recent years I really haven't heard it as loud in Morgantown as the '93 Miami game. As far as eating places, I'd suggest "Cheddars".

Posted by: bkc08 | September 16, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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