Pitt Unveils 2019 Football Schedule

| January 17, 2019

PITTSBURGH — Pitt’s 12-game football schedule for 2019 was unveiled Wednesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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The Panthers’ slate is comprised of an impressive 11 teams that qualified for the postseason in 2018.

Pitt will host seven games at Heinz Field, including four ACC contests. The home season highlights:

· The Panthers open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Coastal Division foe Virginia. The Cavaliers went 8-5 last season, routing South Carolina, 28-0, in the Belk Bowl.
· Pitt hosts three non-conference opponents in September, including UCF on Sept. 21. Winners of 25 of their past 26 games, the Knights are coming off a 12-1 campaign, ranking as high as No. 11 in the final polls.
· Other September non-conference contests include Ohio (Sept. 7), a perennial contender in the Mid-American Conference, and Delaware (Sept. 28), which advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs in 2018.
· In a game that could have major Coastal Division title implications, Miami visits the Panthers on Oct. 26. It will be the Hurricanes’ first trip to Heinz Field since being upset by Pitt, 24-14, in the 2017 regular-season finale.
· Thursday night college football returns to Heinz when Pitt hosts North Carolina on Nov. 14. The last eight games in this series have been decided by an average margin of 3.9 points.
· The Panthers close the regular season with a home date on Nov. 30 against Boston College of the Atlantic Division. It will be the first meeting since a 30-20 Pitt win on Chestnut Hill during the 2014 season.

Pitt plays its road opener at Penn State on Sept. 14. It is the last regularly scheduled game between the historic rivals.

The Panthers travel to Duke for their first ACC road game on Oct. 5. The Blue Devils capped an 8-5 season with a 56-27 win over Temple in the Independence Bowl.

An annual encounter since 1955, Pitt faces Syracuse on a Friday night in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 18. The Orange went 10-3 last season, earning a No. 15 ranking.

Pitt plays at Georgia Tech on Nov. 2. In six ACC meetings between the Panthers and Yellow Jackets, each team has won three times.

Pitt’s final regular-season road game will be at Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. The Hokies played in the 2018 Military Bowl, marking 26 consecutive years they have reached the postseason.

Aug. 31 Virginia*
Sept. 7 Ohio
Sept. 14 at Penn State
Sept. 21 UCF
Sept. 28 Delaware
Oct. 5 at Duke*
Oct. 18 (Fri.) at Syracuse*
Oct. 26 Miami*
Nov. 2 at Georgia Tech*
Nov. 14 (Thurs.) North Carolina*
Nov. 23 at Virginia Tech*
Nov. 30 Boston College*

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