Pitt took a closer step to ACC reality, as it found out its 2013 slate of ACC opponents.
Non-conference dates have been set, with Pitt hosting Villanova (August 31) New Mexico (September 14), at Navy (October 26) and Notre Dame (November 9).
With the announcement by the ACC Friday morning, Pitt fans have its most exciting and interesting schedule to look forward to in over a decade. The Panthers will host at least two conference games that should guarantee to be sellouts.
Florida State will come to Heinz Field, as will Miami.
Pitt has a history with both schools. In fact, it's not the first time Florida State comes here. Pitt owns a 5-3 all-time record against the Seminoles. The two teams last met in 1983 at Pitt Stadium, a 17-16 Pitt win. In fact, the two teams met five times in six seasons, between 1978 and 1983 (1979 being the only exception) Pitt won four of those five matchups.
Miami returns to the schedule after a three-year absence. Despite the Hurricanes coming here for a 31-3 win over Pitt in 2010, they come to Heinz Field once again. Pitt has not played at Miami since 2002, a 28-21 loss to the Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl. Pitt has not beat Miami since a 21-17 win on September 18, 1997. The Hurricanes have won the last seven meetings in the series, and 15 of the last 16 meetings. They lead the overall series over Pitt, 22-9-1.
Pitt also hosts Virginia. The two schools had a two-game series in 2006 and 2007, with each school winning their respective home game. Pitt leads that overall series 3-2.
Pitt's other ACC home opponent will be North Carolina, who last came here for a game in 2000. Pitt had a home-and-away series with the Tar Heels in 1998 and 2000, losing both games. The two teams last met in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl, a 19-17 Pitt win, which gave the Panthers their first 10-win season in nearly 30 years. North Carolina leads the all-time series with the Panthers 4-3.
Road games for Pitt in its first year in the ACC include trips to Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Duke and Syracuse.
It marks the second consecutive year with a trip to Syracuse, following last year's 14-13 loss. Pitt makes its first trip to Blacksburg since 2002, when they went down to beat a No. 3 Virginia Tech team, 28-21. Pitt has won its last four meetings with the Hokies, dating back to 2001. They still trail the all-time series, 7-5
Interestingly, Pitt had road games to Georgia Tech and Duke on the same schedule one other time, in their national championship year in 1976. That was also the last time Pitt played each respective school; a 44-31 win in Durham, and a 42-14 win in Atlanta, despite losing starting quarterback Robert Haygood in that game.
Pitt leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech 5-2, and the all-time series with Duke 9-8.
In 2003, Pitt hosted three teams that finished in the AP Top 20 that year, in Miami (2), Notre Dame (17) and Virginia Tech (18). The 2001 schedule featured two teams that finished in the top ten the prior season (Miami-2, Virginia Tech-6). The 2013 schedule marks the first time since 2001 that Pitt has hosted two teams (Notre Dame, Florida State) that has finished in the top 10.