Pitt football hosts six opponents this upcoming 2023 season at Acrisure Stadium on the North Shore, featuring some enticing matchups.
Cincinnati arrives on Sept. 9 for the first matchup of the River City Rivalry since the Big East dissolved after the 2012 season. Since it is the only non-conference FBS game at home this year for Pitt, and Pittsburgh is much closer to Cincinnati than their new Big 12 counterparts, there should be a great number of fans coming out and supporting both teams.
Florida State, despite playing poorly in recent years, finished 10-3 last season as head coach Mike Norvell has seemingly turned the program around.
The last time they came to Pitt in 2013, they served as Pitt’s first ACC opponent. Eventual Heisman quarterback Jameis Winston dominated en route to a 41-13 victory. Pitt won the last matchup between the two schools in 2020, in a 41-17 win in Tallahassee, Fla.
With both Pitt and Florida State featuring as two of the top ACC teams, a win for either on Nov. 4 could determine a spot in the ACC Championship Game.
North Carolina is the first ACC opponent that Pitt takes on in ACC play and also at home on Sept. 23. Pitt lost to North Carolina last year, as Heisman hopeful quarterback Drake Maye completed 34 of his 44 passes for 388 yards and five touchdowns in the 42-24 win.
The Panthers and the Tar Heels are both teams that are fighting for a spot in that ACC Championship Game. A win for the Panthers would go a long way in achieving that goal.
Louisville comes back to Acrisure Stadium for the first time since 2020, with Pitt winning a close 23-20 matchup. Pitt also won the other home ACC game against Louisville in 2015, a 45-34 shootout in head coach Pat Narduzzi’s first season.
The Cardinals defeated the Panthers last season, in an embarrassing 24-10 defeat, ending their chances at another ACC Coastal title. This matchup on Oct. 14 could serve as a revenge game for the Panthers, as they take on new head coach Jeff Brohm.
Boston College has won the previous two matchups against Pitt, including a 26-19 victory at Heinz Field in 2019.
They serve as the Panthers’ final home game in 2023 and the only Thursday matchup on Nov. 16. The former Big East opponent will be the last matchup for Pitt super seniors like transfer Phil Jurkovec, defensive linemen Devin Danielson, Tyler Bentley and David Green, offensive linemen Blake Zubovic and Jake Kradel and defensive back Marquis Williams.
If you’re more into FCS teams, the home opener against Wofford on Sept. 2 might be up your alley. Wofford arrives with head coach Shawn Watson, former Pitt offensive coordinator, in his first season in that role for the program.
So the question for you the fan is, what Pitt football home game are you most excited for?