Pitt football to face Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami at home
Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson admitted he wasn't sure what the term meant, but when he was told his 2013 home football schedule was trending throughout the city, he knew this:
“Evidently, that's a good thing,” he said.
Pitt football suddenly became a hot ticket Friday when the school and the ACC released the Panthers' opponents for next season. For the first time in 12 years, Pitt will play home games against two teams ranked in the previous season's top 10 — No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 10 Florida State.
In the first 90 minutes after the late-morning announcement, Pitt sold 1,000 season-ticket packages, Pitt director of marketing and ticket operations Justin Acierno said.
“It's been busy. It's been exciting,” Acierno said.
Included on the list of ACC opponents is a game at Heinz Field against defending conference champion Florida State (12-2). Pitt also will play one of its four non-conference games at home Nov. 9 against Notre Dame (12-1), the loser in the national championship this season.
“Certainly, the ACC has done a nice job of branding Pitt into the (conference) by virtue of a schedule like this,” Pederson said. “Certainly, it is challenging, but at the same time it will be good for everybody to have such high-profile games.”
The most recent time Pitt played two top-10 teams at home was 2001, when the Panthers met No. 2 Miami and No. 6 Virginia Tech.
The schedule is challenging for a rebuilding team, but Pederson said coach Paul Chryst welcomes it.
“Paul is a competitive guy,” Pederson said. “He has never worried about who we play.”
Pitt's eight-game ACC schedule includes dates with fellow Coastal Division members Miami, North Carolina and Virginia at home and Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech on the road.
The other two are crossover games at Syracuse and against Florida State, both from the ACC's Atlantic Division. The Syracuse game will be a home/away annual event, and Pitt will play one other Atlantic team on a rotating basis.
Dates for conference games will be announced next month, but Pederson said the ACC plays most of its games on Saturdays.
Pitt will open its season Aug. 31 at home against FCS Villanova. The Panthers also play New Mexico on Sept. 14 at home and Navy on Oct. 26 in Annapolis, Md.
Pederson announced a two-game home/away series with Iowa of the Big Ten starting in 2014, when Pitt will play the Hawkeyes at Heinz Field and Notre Dame on the road.
That shapes up as another daunting schedule.
“That's what happens when you play in a great league,” Pederson said.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pitt football growing under Chryst
- Pitt swingman Jones ready for breakout season
- Hempfield lineman Pilato chooses Pitt
- ACC notebook: Pitt predicted to finish 6th in Coastal Division