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Pitt Panthers vs. USF Preview

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pitt will look to remain atop the Big East standings when they visit league foe USF at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

The Panthers (5-4, 3-1 Big East) are looking to stay ahead of a pack of four Big East teams with two conferences losses.

A victory at USF (6-3, 3-2 Big East) would make Pitt bowl-eligible for a third consecutive season. In 2009, Pitt defeated North Carolina 19-17 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Pitt is 10-6 over its last 16 road contests, but their average margin of defeat is only 4.7 points.

The Panthers are 25-11 over their last 36 games, which is the program’s winningest stretch since the 2001-04 seasons.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: The Pitt-USF game will be a national ESPN2 telecast. Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Brian Griese (color) form the broadcast crew.

PITT RADIO: The new radio home for Pitt football is the 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-USF game will be aired on SIRIUS channel 126 (Pitt broadcast).

INTERNET: “Panthers All-Access” at PittsburghPanthers.com.

SERIES HISTORY

This is the eighth meeting between Pitt and USF in a series that dates back to 2001. The Panthers lead the series, 4-3, and have won each of the last two encounters. Pitt rolled past USF, 41-14, last year at Heinz Field.

In 2008, the Panthers defeated the No. 10 Bulls, 26-21, at Raymond James Stadium in front of a national ESPN Thursday night television audience. Pitt is 2-1 in its three visits to Tampa, the lone loss was a 22-12 setback in 2006.

In 2004, the visiting Panthers clinched an invite to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with a 43-14 victory in the regular-season finale for both teams.