Pitt’s recent history with directional Michigan teams isn’t very encouraging, but maybe by the time the 2025 college football season rolls around, the Western Michigan loss of 2021 will be forgotten.
Or, with Action Network’s Brett McMurphy reporting that Pitt has added Central Michigan to its slate of non-conference games in 2025, it’ll be a key storyline going into the game. Pitt will pay Central Michigan $1.1 million to make a trip to Heinz Field for the game.
Pitt adds 2025 home game w/Central Michigan, @FBSchedules reports. Pitt will pay CMU $1.1 million for game
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 28, 2022
Pitt and Central Michigan have never met on the football field, so the 2025 matchup will be a little bit of history for both sides. The only other games currently scheduled on Pitt’s slate in 2025 are West Virginia and Notre Dame. With the changing nature of college football lately, a lot can and will happen between then.
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.