Pitt, ACC announce full 2015 schedule
By: Andrew Stern
On Thursday morning, the University of Pittsburgh and the Atlantic Coast Conference released the complete 2015 Football schedule.
The 2015 home opener is against Bo Pelini and Youngstown State on September 5th, while Pitt will once again finish the season against Miami on Thanksgiving weekend (Friday November 27th). This is the third consecutive year Pitt has played Miami in the final weekend of the season, and the second time since 2012 that Pitt has opened against Youngstown State.
The 2015 schedule also features eight bowl teams from last season, including Orange Bowl champions Georgia Tech (October 17th).
First year head coach Pat Narduzzi and company will play five of their first seven games away from Heinz Field, a stretch that includes games at Virginia Tech, and at Iowa.
Following the road heavy schedule, Pitt will play four of their final five games at Heinz Field, including a Thursday night contest with North Carolina (10/29), a matchup with former Big East foe Louisville (November 21st), and the University of Notre Dame (Nov. 7th).
• 2015 will also be the first time that Pitt will play six road games since the teams final season in the Big East (2012).
• The matchup with Notre Dame will be the first since 2013, after the teams played annually from 2007-2013.
• The November 21st matchup against Louisville will mark the first time that the former annual Big East rivals will meet as members of the ACC.
• The game against North Carolina will be a primetime kickoff on ESPN.
• Pitt and Syracuse will continue their annual rivalry. The Orange and Panthers have played every year since 1955.
• New coach Pat Narduzzi will face Youngstown State in his first game at the helm of the Panthers program. Narduzzi is from Youngstown, Ohio and his father coached the Penguins for ten years. Narduzzi and new Penguins head coach Bo Pelini grew up together, before going to rival high schools in Eastern Ohio.
• Pitt and Iowa will conclude a home-and-home series in 2015. The first game of the series took place at Heinz Field, with the Hawkeyes coming out victorious 24-20.
All game times will be announced at a later date.
Pitt Football 2015 schedule:
Sept. 5- Youngstown State
Sept. 12- at Akron
Sept. 19- at Iowa
Sept. 26th BYE
Oct. 3- at Virginia Tech
Oct. 10- Virginia
Oct. 17- at Georgia Tech
Oct. 24- at Syracuse
Oct. 29 (Thurs.) North Carolina
Nov. 7- Notre Dame
Nov. 14- Duke
Nov. 21- Louisville
Nov. 27 (Fri.)- Miami