There’s just one more chance for Pitt to see the field in 2023, and it will come against Duke. Despite a 3-8 (2-5 ACC) record, Pitt has the chance to close the season on the first win streak of the season.
Pitt will be back on the ACC Network to conclude the 2023 season, and it will be a crew that has called a couple of Panthers games this season. Jorge Sedano will handle play-by-play duties; former NFL offensive lineman Orlando Franklin will serve as his analyst and Marilyn Payne will report from the sideline.
Bill Hillgrove will not be in the booth for 93.7 The Fan, but Jeff Hathhorn will fill in — as he’s done at times this season — with Pat Bostick serving as his analyst and Larry Richert and Dorin Dickerson reporting from the field at Acrisure Stadium.
Duke is coming off back-to-back heartbreaking losses over the last two weekends (in overtime against North Carolina two weeks ago and a failed comeback against Virginia over the weekend, and the Blue Devils will close the regular season against Pitt.
Despite missing star quarterback Riley Leonard, Duke has won the games it needed to this season in order to qualify for bowl eligibility, taking down Clemson, Lafayette, Northwestern, UConn, North Carolina State and Wake Forest to sit at 6-5 (3-4 ACC) this season.
It remains uncertain whether Leonard will be able to go against Pitt next weekend, and Grayson Loftis (583 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions in six games this season) appears to be the likely starter in his stead.
The Blue Devils have gotten by because of a strong run game, averaging just about 180 yards per game on the ground with a duo of Jordan Waters and Jaquez Moore.
Pitt and Duke have met 26 times, dating all the way back to a 52-7 win in Durham in 1929, and the Panthers largely have had the upper hand. Aside from a five-game losing streak in the 1940s, Pitt is 17-4 all-time.
The Panthers have won seven in a row — including a 28-26 win at Acrisure Stadium last season — and 11 of the last 12 games dating back to 1969. With the exception of 2020, Pitt and Duke have played every season since 2013.
Pitt has the chance to end the 2023 season with its first win — and only — win streak of the season.
Television — ACC Network
Jorge Sedano (play-by-play)
Orlando Franklin (analyst)
Marilyn Payne (reporter)
Radio — 93.7 The Fan, Pitt Panthers Radio Network
Jeff Hathhorn (play-by-play)
Pat Bostick (analyst)
Larry Richert and Dorin Dickerson (reporters)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Channels 160 or 201 or on the SiriusXM app
WPTS Radio (Pitt Student Station) — 92.1 FM