Day & Time: Saturday, November 22, 3:30 p.m. ET
Field: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Line: -7.5, Pitt
Announcers: Adam Amin, John Congemi,
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Pitt Blog: Cardiac Hill
Rivalry: 35-31-3, Pitt
Current Streak: Pitt, 1
First Meeting: The 1916 game didn't go as planned for the Orangemen, who lost 30-0 in Archbold Stadium.
Last Meeting: The Panthers eeked out a 17-16 win in 2013 at the Carrier Dome. The difference in the contest was a blocked extra point by Pitt defensive lineman Aaron Donald on Syracuse’s first touchdown of the game.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (2nd Year, 10-13), Pitt: Paul Chryst (3rd Year, 17-19)
Curious Connections: Other than the fact that we've played one another every year since 1955 and we've been conference-jumpin' buddies for a while now, there's a bunch of connections. SU’s Ashton Broyld, Dyshawn Davis, Jeremiah Kobena and Pitt’s Tyrique Jarrett, Khaynin Mosley- Smith, Devonte Pitts and Todd Thomas attended Milford Academy. Also, SU linebackers coach Clark Lea and Pitt defensive tackles coach Inoke Breckterfield coached together at UCLA in 2011.
Last Year: Like Syracuse, Pitt finished last season 6-6 and earned a bowl bid. Earning a reprieve from Birmingham, the Panthers went to Detroit where they beat Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl to finish 7-6 overall.
Last Game: Pitt is averaging 37 points a game in its last three contests, but has lost them all, including a 40-35 defeat at the hands of North Carolina in its most recent outing.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": RB James Conner fuels the Pitt offense. The sophomore ranks third in the FBS in rushing (156.2 ypg), total rushing yards (1,562), rushing TDs (21) and is fourth in scoring (12.6 ppg). Conner’s success has propelled the Panthers to 15th in the nation in rushing offense (253.4 ypg) and eighth in time of possession (33:31).
If Syracuse Wins: We'll all probably be more frustrated in a way.
If Syracuse Loses: Then the BC game will be all about letting the underclassmen get some reps in.
Fun Fact: Following this loss, Scott Shafer played the Perspective Card for the first time, saying "There's 1.4 billion Chinese people that really don't give a hell about this game." Oh.