Pittsburgh improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big East Conference with a 24-17 victory against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Friday night. Prior to this past weekend's games, the Panthers were out of both Top 25 listings. They were 26th in the AP poll and 28th in the coaches' poll.
Pitt is one of three Big East teams in the Top 25 this week along with Cincinnati (No. 5 AP/No. 6 USA Today) and West Virginia (No. 22 in both polls).
The Panthers last appeared in the Top 25 leading up to their 2008 Sun Bowl game with Oregon State. They were No. 18 by the AP and No. 21 by the coaches at the conclusion of that regular season.
With a 16-5 record in its last 21 games, Pitt returns home to face South Florida (5-1, 1-1) Saturday at noon at Heinz Field. It's an ESPN regional game and the Big East game of the week.
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