The 2021 college football season is now less than three weeks away as the Pitt Panthers open the season on Sept. 4 when they host UMass. Kickoff from Heinz Field is set for 4 p.m
Pat Narduzzi will begin his seventh season as head coach at Pitt. In those first six seasons, Narduzzi has compiled a career record of 42-34 and 29-20 in the ACC. Narduzzi’s previous teams have won eight games in a season three teams but have never reached that nine-win plateau.
Pitt’s chief competition in the Coastal Division in 2021 appears to be Miami and North Carolina, as both programs have made the preseason AP Top 25 rankings. Mack Brown’s Tar Heels came in ranked No. 10, while the Hurricanes sit at No. 14.
The Panthers are not ranked to start the season but that shouldn’t come as a surprise as a lot of these early rankings are based on how a team finished the previous season.
For those Pitt wondering, here are some facts concerning the AP Rankings during the Narduzzi era.
Last Time Ranked: 2020 season (3 times), highest was No. 21.
Years Ranked Under Narduzzi: 2020 (3 times), 2018 (once, No. 24), 2016 (once, No. 23) and 2015 (twice, No. 23 and No. 25).
Last Time Pitt Ranked To Start A Season: 2010, No. 15. Pitt dropped all the way out after losing to Utah in Week 1.
Last Time Pitt Ended A Season Ranked: 2009, No. 15.
To stick with the theme of rankings, our PSN Poll Question today is will Pitt finish the 2021 season ranked?