Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 3/28/12
The football history of Penn State vs. Texas didn’t begin on the football field at all. Ironically, this rivalry started in the White House. The Lions and Longhorns battled not on the field but in the polls way back in 1969. After the 1968 Penn State team went undefeated but was denied a national championship, the perfect 1969 Nittany Lion team hoped for better fortunes in the polls. Unfortunately, undefeated Texas benefited from an interesting blend of television programming and political posturing. ABC sports convinced Texas and Arkansas to move their regular season game to the first weekend in December, promising the two Southwestern Conference powers that they’d draw larger ratings as a season-finale than in October. To heighten the hype, President Richard Nixon and other Texas politicians promised to appear at the game. When Texas and Arkansas rose to No. 1 and No. 2 in the country (respectively) in late November, Nixon dubbed it the national championship game, even going so ...
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