Pitt football will play Rhode Island at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, the program announced Monday.
GAME TIME » Pitt 🆚 Rhode Island
Saturday, Sept. 24 ⏰ 12 p.m.
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) September 12, 2022
The Panthers meeting with the Rams is the first ever between the two programs. The programs agreed to the game back in 2019 and the Rams will receive a payout of $450,000 for playing. It also marks the first noon kickoff for the Panthers in 2022.
Rhode Island is currently 2-0 with wins away over Stony Brook and Bryant. They face off against undefeated Delaware this weekend, who managed to upset Navy the first weekend of the season.
The Rams are not a team to look over for the Panthers, as they have three wins against FBS schools all-time, including a 35-22 victory over UMass last season.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi spent a few years with the Rhode Island program throughout his life. He transferred from Youngstown State and played for Rhode Island as a linebacker from 1987-89. He then returned to coach linebackers for the program for five seasons from 1993-97 and then spent the next two seasons as defensive coordinator from 1998-99.
Narduzzi is unbeaten, 7-0, against FCS schools in his eight seasons as Pitt head coach, and will make sure to keep that streak going against Rhode Island on Saturday