The 2022 college football season is still nine months away, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Okay, maybe it’s a little bit too early to start looking ahead to 2024.
Pitt has added Kent State, the MAC East division winner, to its 2024 slate of non-conference games. Action Network’s Brett McMurphy reported that Pitt will pay Kent State $1.1 million for making the trip out to Heinz Field for the game.
Kent State adds 2024 road games at Pitt & Tennessee, @FBSchedules reports. Kent State will receive $1.1 million from Pitt & $1.35 million from Tennessee
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 26, 2022
Pitt’s first and only meeting against Kent State came back during the 2003 season, in which the Panthers picked up a 43-3 win at Heinz Field. Rod Rutherford threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, Larry Fitzgerald caught three of those touchdown passes before the halftime break and Pitt’s defense limited future NFL Joshua Cribbs to a minimal impact.
Pitt’s recent history with MAC schools, a loss to Western Michigan in 2021, isn’t exactly encouraging, but there’s a chance to avenge that loss in 2022. Pitt’s recent ACC-MAC crossovers include a win over Ohio in 2019.
The 2022 slate of non-conference games include a renewal of the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia and 2021 rematches with Tennessee and Western Michigan. And Rhode Island, too.
The 2023 slate of non-conference games keeps West Virginia on the schedule, and College Football Playoff participant Cincinnati so far. So, there’s still room for another non-conference clash to be added.
In looking ahead even further to 2024, the non-conference slate still includes Cincinnati and West Virginia, and Youngstown State is also on the schedule from the FCS. Kent State rounds out that slate of games, likely opening Pitt’s 2024 season.
The 2022 season kicks off with the Backyard Brawl against West Virginia at Heinz Field in early September, and the rest of Pitt’s schedule will be released on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network.
Despite Kenny Pickett leaving for the NFL, Pitt’s 2022 season is primed for another run at an ACC title.