Pitt needs a bounce back performance this weekend to halt a three-game losing streak, and the opportunity has arrived in the form of a road test against Virginia Tech.
It’s a battle of 1-3 teams desperate for their first ACC win, and Pitt will be bringing out some blue in its uniform this weekend. The Panthers will wear gold helmets with blue script, white jerseys with blue script and blue pants with a gold stripe down the side of the leg.
Pitt and Virginia Tech are scheduled to kickoff at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia at 8 p.m. Saturday night. And for those who will be watching from home, the ACC Network will once again be on the call. Mike Monaco will handle play-by-play duties, Tim Hasselbeck will serve as his analyst and Taylor Tannebaum will report from the sideline.
“Blue pants in Blacksburg,” Pitt Football wrote on Twitter. “Beat Virginia Tech.”
Blue Pants in Blacksburg 🟡⚪️🔵
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) September 28, 2023
It will be an important game for Pitt, a must-win if the Panthers want to snap a four-game losing streak and avoid a 0-2 start in conference play. And, if we’re being honest, it’s one of the few games in the conference that Pitt will be favored to win the rest of the way.
Virginia Tech has gotten off to a slow start this season in the second year of head coach Brent Pry, with losses to Purdue (24-17), Rutgers (35-16) and Marshall (24-17), and the Hokies have used two quarterbacks already this season.
Pitt is 11-11 all-time against Virginia Tech, dating back to an inaugural meeting in 1993. VT won the first four matchups and seven of the first eight matchups. The two sides have met every season for the last 11 years, with Pitt winning seven of the 11 matchups — and each of the last three, winning 47-14 in 2020, 28-7 in 2021 and 45-29 last season.
Pitt’s performance against Virginia Tech will be the first step in either trying to climb out of the hole it’s in or the descent into uncharted territory for Pat Narduzzi’s squad.