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Pitt Opens As Very Heavy Road Underdog Against Notre Dame



Pitt vs. Notre Dame.

It won’t get any easier for Pitt heading forward after a crushing loss to Wake Forest, and it starts with No. 14 Notre Dame this weekend.

Pitt has opened as a 19-point road underdog against Notre Dame, with a slim 42.5-point over/under pointing toward a projected low-scoring defensive contest, ahead of Saturday’s afternoon kickoff at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ill.

NBC is carrying the 3:30 p.m. broadcast, with a TV crew to be announced early this week, and Peacock will be streaming the game.

Notre Dame has rebounded following a loss to Louisville a few weeks ago, knocking off USC and heading into the bye week, and the Fighting Irish sit at 6-2.

ND has handled Navy, Tennessee State, North Carolina State, Central Michigan, Duke and USC this season, tripping up against Louisville on the road and allowing Ohio State to walk off with a win at Notre Dame Stadium, as the Sam Hartman-led squad continues to roll.

Hartman, who has history with Pitt, has thrown for 1,838 yards and 18 touchdowns (to just three interceptions) on 64.5% completion this season — his sixth and final collegiate season. But it’s been Audric Estime, who has 787 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, fueling the offense.

It going to be a Halloween weekend showdown and the first meeting since an ill-fated 45-3 loss at Heinz Field in 2020, but it will not be a revenge game for Phil Jurkovec.

Jurkovec, who originally committed to Notre Dame as a high schooler in 2018, transferred away from the Fighting Irish in 2020. He was — obviously — slated to take on the Irish for the second time since leaving, but it will now be Christian Veilleux’s third start.

Pitt heads into the matchup on a three-game losing streak dating back to 2015 — with only one win dating back to 2013: a 28-21 win in 2013.

Pitt is 21-48 all-time against Notre Dame, having played the Fighting Irish since 1930. It’s been skewed in ND’s direction since the inaugural matchup, but there’s no time like the present.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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9 months ago

Anyone catch the WR Hykeem Williams FSU catch against Syracuse clip? He is him.

James Austin
9 months ago

At first I would think that ND is going to pound Pitt into the ground. However, they shocked Louisville and wouldn’t be surprised if they win. This has been the most unpredictable Panthers squad that I’ve seen in a long while. H2P

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