Pitt is ranked No. 17 in the AP Top 25, following the Panthers’ win over Clemson at Heinz Field on Saturday.
The Panthers had been ranked N0. 23, and the six-place jump in the rankings was the largest among all teams this week.
The No. 17 ranking is the highest in the poll for Pitt since 2010, when the Panthers were ranked No. 15 in the preseason top 25.
Pitt was also ranked No. 19 in the USA Today coaches’ poll, also the highest ranking in that poll since the 2010 preseason poll, and No. 16 in the NFF/FWAA Super 16 poll, the Panthers’ first ranking in that poll, which has existed in its current form since 2014.
The first official College Football Playoff rankings will not be released until after next week’s games. The Panthers have never been ranked in the official in-season CFP rankings.
Wake Forest is the highest-ranked ACC team, at No. 13. NC State fell out of the Top 25 after losing to Miami. The Wolfpack are third amongst other receiving votes. Virginia, in second place in the Coastal Division, is fifth with nine vote points.