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Pitt v. Kent State Deemed ‘Least Watchable’ Game in 2024



Pitt football.

It’s safe to say there aren’t high expectations for the Pitt season opener this year.

Kelley Ford, an X (formerly known as Twitter) user who develops new college football rating systems, KFordRatings, has named Pitt v. Kent State the FBS v. FBS matchup with the lowest watchability in the 2024-25 season.

To come up with a team’s “watchability,” Ford uses projected quality (average KFord Ratings) and competitiveness (KFord spread). As Ford clarified on social media, TV ratings are not part of his calculations.

Pitt and Kent State went a combined 4-20 last season, and with a large spread (24.5 points, according to most sportsbooks), it’s not a surprise that the matchup isn’t received very highly. Kent State has two additional games in the Top 10 of the least watchability ranking, so it’s also safe to say that the model isn’t high on the Golden Flashes.

It will be the seventh time that Pitt and Kent State have met all time when the Golden Flashes come to Acrisure Stadium on Aug. 31, with a time still to be announced.

The Pitt-Kent State series dates back to a 27-6 win against the Golden Flashes in 1970. Pitt has won all seven games in the series by an average of 27 points — with matchups in 1970, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2003.

The most recent meeting came back in 2003, a 43-3 victory in which Rod Rutherford threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns — three of which went to Larry Fitzgerald.

Kent State is coming off a brutal 1-11 (0-8 MAC) season, the first in the Kenni Burns era. He walked into a tough situation, following former coach Sean Lewis bolting for the Colorado offensive coordinator job and a mass exodus to the transfer portal. But it doesn’t seem as though the Flashes are positioned for any sort of major bounce back.

To be fair though, Pitt is looking for a major bounceback of its own.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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6 days ago

KFordRatings clearly hasn’t been paying attention to Pitt’s habit of playing down to early season FBS opponents.

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