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ACC Dropping Divisions in 2023, Pitt’s Annual Opponents Announced

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Pitt has one more chance to defend the Coastal Division crown in 2022 — and the overall ACC crown — before the divisions are eliminated.

The ACC announced Tuesday morning that beginning with the 2023 football season, the conference will adopt the 3-3-5 scheduling model with all 14 member schools competing in one broad ACC.

Pitt will play Boston College, Syracuse and Virginia Tech annually, locked into that scheduling pod by the ACC and will cycle through the remaining 10 ACC schools twice during a four year cycle — one home game and one away game.

Under the new scheduling format, which will take place between the 2023-26 seasons, Pitt will play all other 13 ACC schools at least once at home and away during the four year cycle.

The ACC championship game participants will be determined by the two top teams in the conference according to conference win percentage. The championship will continue to take place the first weekend in December at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The future ACC football scheduling model provides significant enhancements for our schools and conference, with the most important being our student-athletes having the opportunity to play every school both home and away over a four-year period,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. said in a statement. “We appreciate the thoughtful discussions within our membership, including the head football coaches and athletic directors. In the end, it was clear this model is in the best interest of our student-athletes, programs and fans, at this time.”

In the 2023 season, Pitt will play Boston College, Florida State, Louisville and North Carolina at home and Duke, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest on the road. Pitt’s non-conference schedule includes CIncinnati, West Virginia and Notre Dame.

In the 2024 season, Pitt will play North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech at home and Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina on the road. Pitt’s non-conference schedule includes Kent State, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Youngstown State.

In the 2025 season, Pitt will play Boston College, Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest at home and Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse and Virginia Tech on the road. Pitt’s non-conference schedule includes Central Michigan, West Virginia and Notre Dame.

In the 2026 season, Pitt will play Georgia Tech, Miami, Syracuse and Virginia Tech at home and Boston College, Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia on the road. Pitt’s non-conference schedule includes Wisconsin.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Robert McAteer
Robert McAteer
1 month ago

Pretty good choice of locked in opponents. About best we could have hoped for.

TJ
TJ
1 month ago

very interesting …. teams will need to step-up their games to get to Charlotte. Every game is critical.

2023 doesn’t look too bad .. most of the tougher games are at home. who knows, who will be playing where after that.

h2p!

Dave
Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  TJ

The non conference looks tough in 23 though

RonDon
RonDon
1 month ago

Not that it would have mattered last year, but I would imagine the ACC doesn’t want anymore Wake/Pitt ACC Championship matchups. Hypothetically, this limits the chances something like that happens.

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
1 month ago
Reply to  RonDon

Wouldn’t have had any better matchups this year. Clemson/Pitt in 2018 would make your argument valid…

Eli
Eli
1 month ago

I don’t mind the switchover, but I’m not crazy about the Syracuse-BC-VT combo.

DL
DL
1 month ago

Having BC and Syracuse doesn’t help Pitt’s recruiting as those aren’t very fertile areas.

Section 122
Section 122
1 month ago
Reply to  DL

It should help in the W column though.

RonDon
RonDon
1 month ago
Reply to  DL

I don’t think it matters honestly. Most of our recruits come from FL and we don’t play there that often already. We get a lot of kids in OH and never play there. Granted it’s close, but still. I think as long as they keep winning they’ll be fine. There’s a good southern pipeline they have going.

Let's Believe
Let's Believe
1 month ago

How are tied breakers going to be decided?

Section 122
Section 122
1 month ago
Reply to  Let's Believe

1st tie breaker will be is the Carolina teams get preference.

Pittband
Pittband
1 month ago
Reply to  Section 122

He he he

Menotyou
Menotyou
1 month ago

Geeze that’s a tough non conference next year

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
1 month ago
Reply to  Menotyou

Possibly, but we don’t know what those teams will look like. ND has a new coach, WVU has a bad coach, and Cincy may lose their coach…

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago

Great non conference schedule in 2023.

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
1 month ago

This is absolutely terrible for any fans/alum living South of Pittsburgh. It was great being able to have them play in Atlanta or Miami every year or every other year. Guess I have Tally to look forward to in 2025!

Pittband
Pittband
1 month ago

Virginia which makes more sense that VT apparently wanted no part of Pitt on an annual basis. Charlottesville- yes, Blacksburg – phew.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pittband
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