Pitt Announces H-H Series With Utah

There has been some talk about upgrading Pitt's non-conference football schedule since Steve Pederson returned as the school's director of athletics, and another step was taken in that direction as a home-and-home schedule with Utah beginning next season was announced Thursday afternoon.

Pittsburgh, coming off a 9-3 regular season and Sun Bowl appearance, will play at Utah Sept. 11, 2010. The Utes visit Heinz Field Oct. 15, 2011. Next season's game marks the first regular-season meeting between the two schools. Utah pounded Pitt, the Big East champion, 35-7 in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl to cap a spectacular 12-0 season.

"Pitt-Utah is one of those rarely played intersectional matchups that should be very appealing for our fans and national television,'' Pederson said. "Utah has been one of college football's biggest winners over the past several years, giving us a challenging and compelling opponent.''

Utah finished 13-0 last year, including a 31-17 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and was ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll. Over the last six seasons, the Utes have compiled a 59-16 record (.787). Utah lost a lot from that squad and is picked to finish third in the Mountain West Conference in a preseason media poll this season.

Pitt's non-conference games this season are with Youngstown State, Buffalo, Navy, North Carolina State and Notre Dame, which continues on the schedule through 2015. New Hampshire, Miami, Fla. and Notre Dame are on the schedule for 2010, while Buffalo returns the following season to join Notre Dame and newcomer Iowa.

Virginia Tech, Buffalo and Notre Dame are on the 2012 schedule for Pitt, while N.C. State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Navy are non-conference opponents in 2013. Notre Dame is on in 2014 and '15, while Iowa returns in 2015 and also the year after that.

Utah faces another Big East team, Louisville, at home this season.

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