The lone undefeated team in Big East play, Pitt eyes a third consecutive conference victory when it hosts Louisville at Heinz Field. The Panthers are trying to achieve a 3-0 Big East start for the second straight year.
A key matchup will be the Pitt defense vs. Louisville senior tailback Bilal Powell. The Panthers boast the nation’s No. 9 rush defense (first in the Big East), yielding just 92.43 yards per game. Powell leads the Big East and ranks fourth nationally with 143.29 rushing yards per game.
The Pitt passing game has been laser accurate the past two contests. In victories over Syracuse and Rutgers, first-year starter Tino Sunseri has completed 75% of his passes for 588 yards and seven TDs with just one interception.
The Panthers are 24-10 over their last 34 games, the program’s winningest stretch since the 2001-04 seasons.
TV: The Pitt-Louisville game is the Big East Network Game of the Week and will be aired on WTAE-TV, channel 4, in Pittsburgh. Mike Gleason (play-by-play), former Pitt quarterback John Congemi (color) and Eamon McAnaney (sideline) form the broadcast crew.
PITT RADIO: The new radio home for Pitt football is 50,000-watt flagship KDKA-FM, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan. Games are also carried on the Pitt Sports Radio Network. Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), three-time Pitt All-American Bill Fralic (color) and John Seibel (sideline) will call the action.
SIRIUS XM RADIO: The Pitt-Louisville game will be aired on SIRIUS channel 127 and XM channel 203 (Pitt broadcast).
INTERNET: “Panthers All-Access” at PittsburghPanthers.com.
This is the 14th meeting between Pitt and Louisville in a series that dates back to 1976…Pitt has won each of the past two meetings but trail in the all-time series, 7-6…the Panthers triumphed in Louisville last year, 35-10…in 2008, Pitt rolled to a 41-7 victory at Heinz Field, snapping a seven-game series losing streak against the Cardinals…Pitt is 4-4 against Louisville in games played in Pittsburgh…this will be the sixth Big East Conference game between the two schools…Louisville joined the Big East in 2005 after spending the prior nine seasons in Conference USA…in Big East contests, Louisville holds a 3-2 edge over the Panthers.