Sports Illustrated Ranks Pitt 21st Nationally

PITTSBURGH—On the eve of Pitt's first training camp under new head coach Dave Wannstedt, yet another publication is ranking the 2005 Panthers among the nation's best college football teams.

Sports Illustrated's college football preview, which hits newsstands this week, ranks the Panthers No. 21 in the country. Pitt has been ranked in nearly every preseason Top 25 listing to date. The Panthers ranked 25th in last season's final Associated Press poll after going 8-4 and claiming a share of the Big East championship.

Pitt returns 18 starters, including nine on offense, seven on defense and both specialists. The Panthers hold their first practice of training camp Wednesday, August 10, at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.

This year's season opener is less than a month away. Pitt will host Notre Dame in a highly anticipated Sept. 3 encounter at Heinz Field. Kickoff for the national ABC telecast is 8 p.m.

Pitt football remains the region's best sports buy. Season-ticket prices for the majority of seats range from $85 to $144. Seats in the amenity-filled club section are $240 (with commensurate Panther Club contribution). For more ticket information, call (800) 643-PITT.

The complete Sports Illustrated preseason Top 25:

1. USC
2. Texas
3. Florida
4. Michigan
5. Tennessee
6. Miami
7. Oklahoma
8. Ohio State
9. Virginia Tech
10. Georgia
11. Louisville
12. Iowa
13. LSU
14. Texas A&M
15. Florida State
16. Boise State
17. Cal
18. Auburn
19. Fresno State
20. Arizona State
22. Purdue
23. Bowling Green
24. Colorado
25. Wyoming

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