"There are great football rivalries associated with my campaign, not just with Miami of Ohio candidate Paul Ryan but also a guy from Michigan. I'm surprised you let me over the border this morning," Romney said.
A Romney spokesman did not respond to a request for comment about whether the Republican presidential nominee planned to watch any of the day's games, follow the score of any particular matchup or had a team that he backs, though spokesman Kevin Madden said staffers had been talking to him about the day's match-ups.
Romney has said he is a Boston Red Sox baseball fan and that he supports the New England Patriots professional football team. He attended Stanford and Brigham Young University, both of which have football teams. He was raised in Michigan, where the University of Michigan and Michigan State are football rivals.
Campaigning earlier this year in New Hampshire, a voter asked him which of his home state teams he was backing during ongoing college football season.
"I'm for both Michigan and Michigan State these days," Romney responded.
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