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Win, Virginia Loss Secures Pitt’s First Outright Title



Pitt’s 34-13 win over Wake Forest on Saturday not only gives the Panthers a birth in the ACC championship game for the first time, when combined with Virginia’s lost to Georgia Tech later in the day, it also secured an outright ACC Coastal Division championship.

The Panthers (7-4, 6-1 in ACC) can finish with no more than two losses in conference play. Virginia’s loss give the Cavaliers, Yellow Jackets, Duke and Virginia Tech three conference losses each.

It’s the first outright conference or division title in the program’s history.

Pitt has been in the Coastal Division since 2013. Before that, the Panthers were members of the Big East starting in 1990.

Pitt won a share of the Big East title twice. They were part of a three-way tie in 2010 and did not advance to claim the confernce’s BCS bid. They did in 2004, when they were part of a four-way tie and went on to lose in the Fiesta Bowl.

Pitt will play Clemson in the 2018 ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 1. If they win, they will be guaranteed a bid to a New Year’s Six bowl, either the Fiesta Bowl or Peach Bowl.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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