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Pitt Hosts Ohio Saturday Morning
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The Panthers (0-1) will look to rebound from its 30-14 loss to Virginia in the season and ACC opener last week while Ohio (1-0) is coming off a 41-20 win over FCS Rhode Island.
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Ohio is the preseason favorite to capture the MAC championship. The Bobcats return 14 starters from last year’s 9-4 team that claimed a 27-0 victory over San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl.
Pitt and Ohio are meeting for the first time since 2005. The Panthers are 7-1 all-time against the Bobcats but lost the most recent encounter, a 16-10 overtime decision in Athens.
The Panthers are 31-4 overall against MAC opponents, including 26-2 in home games.
Pat Narduzzi is 1-0 against MAC foes as a head coach. The Panthers defeated Akron, 24-7, in 2015, Narduzzi’s debut season at Pitt.
The Panthers are trying to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2012. Over the past 50 seasons, Pitt has lost its opening two games only five times (1969, 1972, 1984, 2005 and 2012).
Pitt’s four non-conference foes went a combined 37-14 (.725) last year. Moreover, Ohio (9-4), Penn State (9-4), UCF (12-1) and FCS program Delaware (7-5) each advanced to the postseason.
Pitt will continue to break in a starting lineup with many new faces. In the Virginia opener, 10 players made their first career starts as Panthers.
The Panthers are 2-2 in games with a morning kickoff since 1979. Pitt last had an 11 a.m. start in 2012, a 45-35 home loss to Louisville.
This is the ninth meeting with Ohio in a series that dates back to 1902…the Panthers lead the series, 7-1, the lone loss occurring in the most recent encounter, a 16-10 overtime decision at Ohio in 2005…Pitt won the first seven meetings—each played in Pittsburgh—by a combined score of 272-36…the last meeting at Heinz Field was in 2004, a 24-3 Pitt win that served as the season opener for both teams…the series began in 1902 when Pitt (then Western University of Pennsylvania) notched a 34-0 win over Ohio…Pitt is 31-4 all-time vs. Mid-American Conference foes.
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