2013: 7-6 (3-5 ACC); won Little Caesars Pizza Bowl over Bowling Green State
The Pitt Panthers went 6-6 for the third straight season except this time they won their bowl game. It was an impressive performance for a team new to the ACC, a step up from Big East competition. They got shaken up early on against Florida State as a welcome to the conference but rebounded to beat Duke for their biggest win on the conference schedule. Their biggest win overall came at home against #24 Notre Dame. It was an up-and-down year for sure paced by good quarterback play from Tom Savage (2,958 yards, 21 touchdowns), taken in the fourth round by the Houston Texans. Devin Street (854 yards, 7 touchdowns) was also drafted, but the top product for sure was defensive tackle Aaron Donald (11 sacks, 28.5 tackles for loss), drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Pitt could get even better with a fairly soft conference schedule. An interesting non-conference game against Iowa lurks on September 20.
The Panthers will operate under third year head coach Paul Chryst at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Heinz Field, also the home of the Steelers, holds just over 65,000 roaring fans that bleed Panther gold and blue. The Panthers have had many great players over the years; retired Panther jerseys such as Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, and Mike Ditka all went onto have illustrious careers. In addition, current NFL star Larry Fitzgerald finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting when he was a Panther. The Pittsburgh Panthers are a top 20 college football team in the nation when it comes to all time wins, and they look to keep that winning tradition alive this season. They’ve made 30 bowl appearances, Tony Dorsett won their only Heisman in the 70s, and they actually won the Big East title in 2004 and 2010. Pitt’s one of the more underrated football programs in the nation. Get your tickets from Gold Coast Tickets to see this ACC team on the rise!