Pitt's 2010 Football Schedule

Coming off its best season in nearly three decades with 10 wins, including a dramatic bowl victory, the University of Pittsburgh has announced its complete 2010 schedule.

The 12-game regular-season schedule includes traditional Big East rivalries and a non-conference schedule that should rank among the nation's most challenging for Pittsburgh.

After last year's breakthrough season, anticipation is already growing for 2010. No fewer than four early Top 25 listings tab the Panthers as a major contender for a BCS bowl berth this year.

Moreover, Pitt boasts some of the biggest stars in college football with the return of such All-America talents as fifth-year senior defensive end Greg Romeus, sophomore running back Dion Lewis and junior wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

Pitt's 2010 schedule is highlighted by:

• Seven teams that advanced to bowl games in 2009.

• Six dates already scheduled for national television.

• The return of the "Backyard Brawl'' to Heinz Field. Pitt plays host to rival West Virginia (Nov. 26) for the 103rd renewal of one of college football's most colorful series.

• A season-opener between probable Top 25 teams when Pitt travels to Utah (Sept. 2). The Panthers will face a Utes team that has won nine consecutive bowl games.

• An anticipated ESPN Thursday night clash with Miami (Sept. 23) at Heinz Field. Pitt and Hurricanes meet for the first time in seven seasons. Pitt will also play a Thursday ESPN game at Connecticut (Nov. 11), which routed SEC foe South Carolina, 20-7, in last year's PapaJohns.com Bowl.

• A visit to South Bend, Ind. for the continuation of Pitt's historic rivalry with Notre Dame (Oct. 9). The Panthers are gunning for a third consecutive victory over the Irish. Pitt won in four overtimes in its last appearance at Notre Dame.

• Key Big East encounters against teams that won bowl games in 2009, including a home date with Rutgers (Oct. 23) and road contest at USF (Nov. 20). The Scarlet Knights have won four consecutive bowls, while the Bulls have won back-to-back postseason games.

• The regular-season finale at Cincinnati (Dec. 4), a game that for the third consecutive year, could have Big East title and BCS bowl implications. Last year's game has been described as the most exciting contest of the 2009 college football season.

The Panthers open their home schedule Sept. 11 against New Hampshire, one of the top programs on the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level (formerly Division I-AA. UNH has won five straight games over Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams (formerly Division I-A).

Other home dates include Big East foe Louisville (Oct. 30) and a non-conference game with Florida International (Oct. 2). The Panthers also play at traditional eastern foe Syracuse (Oct. 16).

Season-ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $87 and can be purchased online (PittsburghPanthers.com), by phone (800-643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office. Current season-ticket holders who renew online by March 31 receive a $10 discount.

2010 Pitt Football Schedule

Date------------------------Opponent (TV)-------------------Time

Sept. 2 (Thurs.)---------at Utah (CBS CSN)---------------TBA

Sept. 11------------------New Hampshire-------------------1 p.m.

Sept. 23 (Thurs.)----------Miami (Fla.) (ESPN)------------7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2-----------------------Florida International--------------TBA

Oct. 9----------------------at Notre Dame (NBC)------------3:30 p.m.

Oct. 16----------------------at Syracuse*-------------------------TBA

Oct. 23------------------------Rutgers*----------------------------TBA

Oct. 30-------------------------Louisville*--------------------------TBA

Nov. 11 (Thurs.)-----------at Connecticut* (ESPN)-----------7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20------------------------at USF*------------------------------TBA

Nov. 26 (Fri.)-----------West Virginia* (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2)------TBA

Dec. 4---------------------at Cincinnati* (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2)------TBA

All home games denoted in bold

*denotes Big East Conference game

Due to television considerations, TBA kickoff times will be announced at a later date

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