Day & Time: Saturday, October 24, 12:00 p.m. ET
Field: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Line: -7, Pitt
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Pitt Blog: Cardiac Hill
SB Nation Season Preview: Pitt football's got demons. Pat Narduzzi might be the guy to exorcise them
Rivalry: 36-31-3 (Pitt)
Current Streak: 2, Pitt
First Meeting: The 1916 game didn't go as planned for the Orangemen, who lost 30-0 in Archbold Stadium. SU actually wouldn't score until the third meeting.
Last Meeting: Amid the season of misery, the Orange barely showed up in a 30-7 loss to the Panthers.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (3rd Year, 13-18), Pitt: Pat Narduzzi (1st Year, 5-1)
Head Coach Bio: The Connecitcut-born Narduzzi began his playing career at Youngstown State and continued it at Rhode Island. From there he started working up the coaching ladder at Miami (OH), Rhode Island and Northern Illinois before returning to Miami (OH) for his first DC gig. After that was three years at Cincinnati and then a long stint at Michigan State. He was introduced as the 36th head coach in Pitt history (and 30th of the last four years) in December.
Curious Connections: Narduzzi and Shafer go way back. They were on the same staff at Rhode Island as well as Northern Illinois. Says Shafer, "Not only were we good friends, we also pressed the envelope on some of the things we wanted to do defensively."
Last Year: Pitt had a very Pitt season, finishing the regular season 6-6 and then losing to Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl. Then head coach Paul Chryst left for Wisconsin and you probably won't find too many Panther fans complaining about it now.
Last Game: The Panthers got a 56-yard field goal from Chris Blewitt (no he didn't) in the final minutes and beat Georgia Tech, 31-28. The Panthers moved to 5-1 and re-entered the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2010.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Well, there's Tyler Boyd, who has 41 receptions (SU's leader has 18) for 396 yards and four touchdowns. You can also go with Qadree Ollison, who has rushed for 559 yards and five touchdowns. At least one of them will find the light. Pray it's not both of them.
If Syracuse Wins: Well then I guess there's a little gas left in the ol' tank after all.
If Syracuse Loses: It's gonna get pretty hard not to let the #FireShafer folks have their say cause it's about to go downhill fast.