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Who, What and When of the 2024 Pitt Football Schedule

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This is the Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi and this is the University of Pittsburgh's 2024-25 football schedule.
TeamOpponentDateDay of WeekKickoff TimeTVLocationPreview
ksu1wvu1Kent State8/31/24Saturday12 p.m.ESPNUPittsburgh, PA (Acrisure Stadium)
cincy1Cincinnati9/7/24Saturday12 p.m.ESPN or ESPN2Cincinnati, OH (Nippert Stadium)
wvuuWest Virginia9/14/24Saturday3:30 p.m.ESPN or ESPN2Pittsburgh, PA (Acrisure Stadium)
Youngstown_State_Penguins_logo.svgYoungstown State9/21/24Saturday3:30 p.m.ACCNXPittsburgh, PA (Acrisure Stadium)
unc1North Carolina10/5/24SaturdayTBATBAChapel Hill, NC (Kenan Memorial Stadium)
cal1California10/12/24SaturdayTBATBAPittsburgh, PA (Acrisure Stadium)
cuse1Syracuse10/24/24Thursday7:30 p.m.ESPNPittsburgh, PA (Acrisure Stadium)
1200px-SMU_Mustang_logo.svgSMU11/2/24SaturdayTBATBADallas, TX (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)
virginia_cavaliers_2020-presentVirginia11/9/24SaturdayTBATBAPittsburgh, PA (Acrisure Stadium)
Clemson-University-Athletic-LogoClemson11/16/24SaturdayTBATBAPittsburgh, PA (Acrisure Stadium)
louisville-cardinals-logo-png-transparentLouisville11/23/24SaturdayTBATBALouisville, KY (L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium)
boston-college-eagles-1-logoBoston College11/30/24SaturdayTBATBAChesnut Hill, MA (Alumni Stadium)

Pitt will open the season at home against Kent State, hosting the Golden Flashes at Acrisure Stadium on Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. on ESPNU. The non-conference slate will include a trip to Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati (12 p.m. on Sept. 7, ESPN/ESPN2) and West Virginia (Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m., ESPN) and Youngstown State (Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m., ACCNX) traveling to Acrisure Stadium in Week 3 and 4.

Pitt opens ACC play against North Carolina on the road at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Oct. 5 following a Sept. 28 bye week, hosts Cal in the first-ever ACC matchup between the two programs at Acrisure Stadium on Oct. 12 and has a second bye week in Week 8.

A stretch run kicks off following the bye week as Syracuse comes to Pittsburgh for a Thursday night kickoff on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers will travel to SMU for the second matchup between the two schools, host Virginia (Nov. 9) and Clemson (Nov. 16) at Acrisure Stadium in back-to-back weekends and finish the regular season on the road against Louisville (Nov. 16) and Boston College (Nov. 30).

The ACC will announce times and television designations for the remainder of the Pitt schedule as the season wears on.

Kent State — Aug. 31 at Acrisure Stadium

2023 record — 1-11 (0-8 MAC)

It was a tough year for Kent State, picking up its lone win against Central Connecticut State, and it’s going to be a hard climb for second-year head coach Kenni Burns. After former head coach Sean Lewis left for Colorado in late 2022, the Golden Flashes were raided in the transfer portal. The Golden Flashes return 56% of its production from last season. 

Pitt is 7-0 all-time against the Flashes, with the last meeting in 2003 at Heinz Field.

Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Justin Harris (12) breaks up pass to Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Daejon Reynolds (3) September 9, 2023 David Hague/PSN

Cincinnati — Sept. 7 at Nippert Stadium

2023 record — 3-9 (1-8 Big 12) 

Cincinnati had a tough debut season in the Big 12 last season, winning just three games. But of course, one of those wins came against Pitt. The Bearcats are replacing last season’s starting quarterback Emory Jones, but it will likely be another season in which the ‘Cats rely on the run game. The indefinite loss of star nose guard Dontay Corleone will certainly hurt the heart of the Cincy defense. Cincinnati returns 63% of production from last season. 

Pitt is 8-5 against Cincinnati all-time, with the Bearcats knocking off the Panthers 27-21 at Acrisure Stadium last fall.

West Virginia — Sept. 14 at Acrisure Stadium

2023 record — 9-4 (6-3 Big 12) 

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown is coming off the best season in his tenure with the Mountaineers and returns what should be a strong offense led by Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year dark horse Garrett Greene and a powerful rushing attack. WVU added from the transfer portal to bolster its defensive unit and should have a defensive unit that continues from where it left off last season. The Mountaineers will be a tough matchup.

Pitt is 62-41-3 against West Virginia in a series that extends back to the 19th century. WVU is coming off a 17-6 win against the Panthers last season in Morgantown, W.Va.

Youngstown State — Sept. 21 at Acrisure Stadium

2023 record — 8-5 (5-3 MVFC)  

Youngstown State is coming off an FCS playoff berth, looking to advance to back-to-back playoff berths for the first time in decades, and the Penguins checked in at 23rd on the HERO Sports FCS preseason ranking earlier this offseason. YSU has to replace its starting quarterback, and last season’s backup Beau Brungard is on the roster, but the Penguins return leading rusher Tyshon King. And aside from a handful of former WPIAL stars, former Pitt defensive back Stephon Hall is on the roster.

Pitt is 4-1 against Youngstown State all-time, but one of the more memorable matchups was a Pitt loss in 2021 — the debut of former head coach Paul Chryst.

Bye Week — Sept. 28 

Pitt linebacker Donovan McMillon.

Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Donovan McMillon (3) September 23, 2023 David Hague/Pittsburgh Sports Now

North Carolina — Oct. 5 at Kenan Memorial Stadium

Former North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye terrorized the Pitt defense over the last two seasons, but he’s in the NFL now. Omarion Hampton returns as one of the best running backs in the country, but the Heels have some big names to replace offensively. Former Georgia Tech head Geoff Collins, who has history with Pitt, of course, is in charge of revamping a subpar defense. The Heels return just 53% of their production from last season. 

Pitt is 5-12 all-time against North Carolina, riding a two-game losing streak following back-to-back overtime wins against the Tar Heels in 2020 and 2021.

Cal — Acrisure Stadium — Oct. 12 at Acrisure Stadium

2023 record — 6-7 (4-5 Pac-12)

Cal is entering its first season in the ACC, after jumping off the sinking ship that was the Pac-12, and the Golden Bears are set to travel 29,000 miles in 2024, according to CBS Sports’ Josh Pate. The Bears should have a solid offense, led by Pac-12 leading rusher Jaydn Ott, but the defensive performance (traditionally a strength under head coach Justin Wilcox) slipped last season. The Bears return 66% of their production from last season.

Pitt is 1-2 all-time against Cal, but all three meetings came before 1970. The last meeting was a 30-15 win for the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Cal.

Bye Week — Oct. 19

Syracuse — Oct. 24 (Thursday) at Acrisure Stadium

2023 record — 6-7 (2-6 ACC) 

Dino Babers is out, and Fran Brown is in. It’s been a hot start to the Brown era in Syracuse, with a strong transfer portal class coming in, but it remains to be seen how those changes translate on the field. Ohio State transfer Kyle McCord is tasked with leading an offense that returns running back LeQuint Allen and tight end Oronde Gadsen II. The defense led by former Texas A&M standout defensive assistant Elijah Robinson is switching schemes to a system designed for more pressure up front. 

Pitt is 43-33-3 all-time against Syracuse, coming off a 28-13 loss to the Orange at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. in November.

SMU — Nov. 2 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium

2023 stats — 11-3 (9-0 AAC)

SMU has an offense under head coach Rhett Lashlee that could make some noise in the first year of the Mustangs’ jump from the AAC to the ACC. Starting quarterback Preston Stone is coming off a strong season and has plenty of help returning. The reigning AAC champs boasted a dominant defense last season, which has taken a hit at cornerback, but it should be another strong unit. The Mustangs return 78% of their production from last season.

Pitt and SMU have met just one time in the history of the two programs, a 28-6 Mustangs’ win in the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl.

Virginia — Nov. 9 at Acrisure Stadium

2023 record — 3-9 (2-6 ACC)  

Virginia is entering an important season for head coach Tony Elliott, who has won just two games in each of his first seasons at the helm. It’s not easy to build a powerhouse in Charlottesville, Va. Tony Muskett and Anthony Colandrea both return for a quarterback competition, but it’s a unit that struggled to run the ball last season and lost star wideout Malik Washington to the NFL. And it’s likely going to be even worse on the defensive side of the ball as the Cavaliers return a defense that was one of the worst in the conference last season.

Pitt is 10-4 all-time against Virginia, riding a two-game win streak since 2021 — when Kenny Pickett and Jordan Addison secured an ACC Coastal title in a 48-38 win.

Clemson — Nov. 16 at Acrisure Stadium

2023 record — 9-4 (4-4 ACC) 

You have to give Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney credit for sticking to his pledge to his word regarding the transfer portal. Clemson and the three service academies were the only FBS programs not to add from the portal. And we’ll see how it pays off for the Tigers’ national hopes. The Clemson defense will once again be one of the best in the nation, despite needing to replace NFL picks at a couple of spots, but it’s an offensive surge that will determine how high Clemson can climb. Starting quarterback Cade Klubnik, a former top recruit, and the wide receivers will need to be better.

Pitt is 3-2 against Clemson all-time, with all but one of those meetings coming over the last decade. Pitt knocked off then-No. 2 Clemson in 2016 in a massive upset, dropped back-to-back matchups in 2018 and 2020 and defeated the Tigers in 2021 on the way to an ACC title.

Louisville — Nov. 23 at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium

2023 record — 10-4 (7-1 ACC) 

 Louisville is primed for another strong season in head coach Jeff Brohm’s second season at the helm. The Cardinals added former Oregon and Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough to run the offense in his seventh college season. He’s shown flashes throughout his career but has largely been unable to stay healthy. The defense may have lost some key players up front and at linebacker, but the Cards have added reinforcements. 

Pitt is 11-9 against Louisville all-time and has traded wins with the Cardinals over the last two seasons. A 38-17 win against the then-No. 14 Louisville at Acrisure Stadium last season was the biggest win of the season.  

Pitt quarterback Nate Yarnell.

Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Nate Yarnell (19) November 16, 2023 David Hague/PSN

Boston College — Nov. 30 at Alumni Stadium

2023 record — 7-6 (3-5 ACC)

When former Pitt assistant Jeff Hafley left Boston College for the NFL, the Eagles turned to former Houston Texans head coach and then-Ohio State offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien at head coach. BC returns starting quarterback Thomas Castellanos and a somewhat surprisingly talented offense. Former Pitt cornerback and defensive backs coach Tim Lewis is in charge of the BC defense now but has his work cut out for him as he attempts to reinvigorate a defense that ranked near the bottom of the ACC last season. 

Pitt is 18-15 all-time against Boston College, coming off a 24-16 win at Acrisure Stadium last season in incumbent quarterback Nate Yarnell’s first start last season.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Hanko
Hanko
8 days ago

Fact Check – Pitt had a terrible loss to Youngstown State , but it wasn’t in 2021.

kevin
kevin
8 days ago
Reply to  Hanko

Also, Pitt / SMU have played more than one time.
H2P!!!

Toddman31
Toddman31
7 days ago

The loss to Youngstown State was Paul Chryst’s debut as Head Coach in 2012 – not 2021. Number transposition error. This will be the 6th (not 3rd) meeting with SMU dating back to 1938. Pitt won the first two games, SMU has won the last three meetings.

Robert
Robert
7 days ago

Pitt has played SMU at least twice. Lost in Cotton Bowl and Compass Bowl

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