Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was part of a big-time college football rivalry long before coming to OSU, as he played in the annual Georgia-Georgia Tech game as a defensive tackle for the Yellow Jackets in the 1980s.
What can he recall from those games? Beating Georgia in Athens as a junior in 1984, then winning again in Atlanta as a senior.
“Good memories,” Spencer said. “Those stick with you.”
So while Spencer stressed that nothing changes this week in regards to preparation for Bedlam, he understands those rivalry games provide a little something extra.
“As a player, it feels different,” he said. “You always talk about, ‘What’s your edge?’ Trying to keep an edge for the game, trying to keep an edge to practice that week. With rivalry games, it’s really (easy), because of the fan bases that come into play and what (players are) hearing, especially now with social media every day through their Twitters and through the media.
“I think it just helps them keep an edge to realize it is another game — it’s the most important game because it’s the next one — but the fan base makes it a little more exciting, I think.”