Pitt, and the rest of the ACC, officially announced its 2013 schedule on Monday afternoon.
The announcement is two-fold for Pitt. One, just the fact that its 2013 schedule is out with dates. The other, is that Pitt will play its first ACC conference game in a nationally-televised game against Florida State on Labor Day."Everybody kind of pitched in and was able to help do this," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "The ACC, particularly Michael Strickland, was the one. We were very excited about this. There were four or five schools that would have wanted this."
"That's why your dream of college football, those are the games, those are the settings," head coach Paul Chryst said. "We're appreciative of everyone to make this happen."
"I'm really excited, it's a great team," Pitt receiver Devin Street said. "I'm definitely excited about the task at hand. Growing up, watching Florida State and Miami is a big part of me wanting to play football."
Initially, Pitt was going to open its 2013 slate with a home game against Villanova. That all changed as the ACC stepped in to offer the two schools this opportunity. Pitt and Villanova agreed to a cancellation of the opener. In exchange, the schools decided to put the game off until 2016, at the earliest. Pitt was able to add Old Dominion in place of the Wildcats. Old Dominion will be playing in its first year as a Division I school. The Panthers will face the Monarchs on October 19 at Heinz Field. Clarion linebacker T.J. Armstrong signed his letter of intent, and enrolled early at Old Dominion.
Pitt's home schedule also includes a home date with Notre Dame on November 9. These two teams have now met every year since 2008, and are looking at continuing its series into 2016. Talks are ongoing to keep the series going beyond that.
Pitt also has a non-conference game at Navy on October 26. They last played in Annapolis in 2008, a 42-21 Pitt win. This road game is the continuation of a series that began in 2007. Navy played games at Heinz Field in 2007 and 2009.
Other home games for Pitt in its first year in the ACC include Coastal Divison opponents Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Miami. Road Coastal opponents include trips to Syracuse, Durham, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia, to take on Duke and Georgia Tech, respectively. Pitt last played at those schools in 1976, both Pitt wins on its way to its last national championship.
After a game against New Mexico on September 14, Pitt travels to Duke on September 21 for its first ACC road game. They'll return home to take on Virginia on September 28. Pitt also plays at Virginia Tech. The game was initially slated as a non-conference game before Pitt decided on its move for the ACC. The game fits conveniently as a conference game. The Panthers takes on the Hokies, October 12.
Pitt played a two-game series with North Carolina--a home and away series in 1998 and 2000. The Tar Heels won both of those meetings. The Panthers won the last meeting, 19-17, in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl. North Carolina makes the trip to Heinz Field on November 16.
Pitt will travel to Atlanta on November 2 for its meeting with the Ramblin' Wreck. They head to Syracuse for a second year in row, on November 23. The regular season concludes on Friday November 29 against Miami.
"Closing it out with Miami is pretty big too," Pederson said. "I hope we can do that every year; get the Miami game at the end of the year."
Pitt's bye weeks will technically be August 31, September 7 and October 5.