Courtesy of Pittsburgh Athletics
PITTSBURGH â€” Fresh off a memorable 10-win campaign that included a dramatic bowl victory and Top 15 national finish, the University of Pittsburgh today announced its 2010 football schedule.
Pittâ€™s 12-game regular-season slate includes traditional Big East rivalries and a non-conference schedule that should rank among the nationâ€™s most challenging.
Coming off last yearâ€™s breakthrough season, the anticipation is already growing for 2010. No fewer than four early Top 25 listings tab the Panthers as a major contender for a BCS bowl berth this year.
Moreover, Pitt boasts some of the biggest stars in college football with the return of such All-America talents as defensive end Greg Romeus, running back Dion Lewis and receiver Jonathan Baldwin.
Pittâ€™s 2010 schedule is highlighted by:
· Seven teams that advanced to bowl games in 2009.
· Six dates already scheduled for national television.
· The return of the â€œBackyard Brawlâ€ to Heinz Field. Pitt hosts rival West Virginia (Nov. 26) for the 103rd renewal of one of college footballâ€™s most colorful series.
· A season opener between likely Top 25 teams when Pitt plays at Utah (Sept. 2). The Panthers will face a Utes team that has won nine consecutive bowl games.
· An anticipated ESPN Thursday night clash with Miami (Sept. 23) at Heinz Field. The Panthers and Hurricanes meet for the first time in seven seasons. Pitt will also play a Thursday ESPN game at Connecticut (Nov. 11), which routed SEC foe South Carolina, 20-7, in last yearâ€™s PapaJohns.com Bowl.
· A visit to South Bend for the continuation of Pittâ€™s historic rivalry with Notre Dame (Oct. 9). The Panthers will be seeking a third consecutive victory over the Irish.
· Key Big East encounters against teams that won bowl games in 2009, including a home date with Rutgers (Oct. 23) and road contest at USF (Nov. 20). The Scarlet Knights have won four consecutive bowls, while the Bulls have won back-to-back postseason games.
· The regular-season finale at Cincinnati (Dec. 4), a game that, for the third consecutive year, could have Big East title and BCS bowl implications. Last yearâ€™s game has been described as the most exciting contest of the 2009 college football season.
The Panthers open their home schedule Sept. 11 against New Hampshire, one of the top programs on the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. UNH has won five straight games over Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams. Other home dates include Big East foe Louisville (Oct. 30) and a non-conference game with Florida International (Oct. 2). The Panthers will also play at traditional eastern foe Syracuse (Oct. 16).