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Syracuse vs. Pitt will kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET on ACC Network

The season finale gets the early treatment.

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

No matter what happens to the Syracuse Orange this weekend vs. Florida State, they’ll (likely) still have some bowl potential for the season finale against the Pittsburgh Panthers. A game like that, between mid-tier (at best) ACC schools deserves the most glorious of television treatments, of course:

On November 26, Syracuse and Pitt will kick off at Heinz Field at 12:30 p.m. ET on ACC Network (check your local listings next week). Pitt is currently 6-4 (3-3), though they just got finished upsetting Clemson 43-42 on Saturday. The Orange, as you’re well aware, are 4-6 (2-4) and need at least one more win to get to bowl eligibility.

As we’re discussed many times, the Syracuse-Pittsburgh series is a long-standing one that no one cares about on either side of the “rivalry.” The Panthers lead the all-time series 37-31-3, though the records only recently tilted in their favor. Pitt has won 10 of 11 dating back to 2005. Syracuse hasn’t beaten Pitt on the road since 2001 (a 42-10 triumph).

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It’s a bummer we’re not a more upbeat group heading into these last couple games, but perhaps the Orange surprise us. I’m already sad about the season ending, giving way to a long offseason (though a long offseason that could be shorter if we go 5-7).