Rice was scheduled to play at Houston on September 30, 2017. Apparently Rice at Houston was moved to September 16, 2017, per http://www.riceowls.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/011216aaa.html
thats a pretty strong OOC schedule for Pitt
Agreed…that’s a pretty solid schedule. Two P5 opponents OOC…ONLY four games out of PA. Good job by Pitt’s AD.
I would love to see PITT keep Pen State and go with West Virginia and Ohio State as their noon conference games; tri state matchups and good teams could really improve their strength of schedule with the other ACC teams
I would love to see Pitt in the B1G. If not, then more games with Ohio State. We played often in the past. It would be a great regional matchup to revive the series.
i would love to see a Temple-Pitt matchup.
I agree playing regional powers is good for recruiting and for a traveling
I applaud this. Other FBS ADs need to take notes. Fans want to see these kinds of games, not Rutgers at Michigan.
Yeah & fans don’t want to see Rutgers beating Michigan either.
I don’t mind Rutgers and Michigan -_-
Josh – Rutgers has to play Michigan… They are in the same conference and Division.
Fans will be happy to see this, let the couches burn!
A good move by both teams. It would be even better if somehow they could make it an end of year game, rivalry week. That would probably require another ACC team to find another OOC game to schedule for rivalry week.
News flash: This just in, between now and 2024 Baylor also a member of the Big 12 has all of 4 OOC games scheduled with teams from P5 conferences (Duke in 2017 and 2018 and Utah in 2023 and 2024) WVU has 17 OOC games scheduled with P5 teams. Does anyone know when the Incarnate Word at Baylor tickets go on sale?
Baylor-Cal possible in Australia for 2016. Baylor-Ark (in Houston) for 2019 and Baylor-Ark 2020 has been rumoured as well as Baylor-Mizzo 2021-22. Will believe it when I see it.
Baylor AD recently said overseas isn’t happening next year.
ESPN reported West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says WV will no longer schedule FCS opponents, and wants all FBS programs do the same.
West Virginia plays Liberty on Saturday, and the Mountaineers have Youngstown State on the schedule next in 2016. After that there are no future games planned against FCS opponents.
“If we are scheduling two Power 5 schools and a non-Power 5 school, then I wish everyone else would, too, as opposed to what some of the other schools are doing by scheduling an FCS school or two FCS schools and two other non-Power 5 schools. You can figure out who I’m talking about.”
Any word on a possible 2019 “neutral field” WV-FlaSt game in Jacksonville? With WV already having Mizzo and NC St on the 2019 schedule, that would be something.
So now it might be Cal vs Hawaii in Australia. Tricky logistics for sure.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but ACC teams can still schedule 4 OOC opponents in the long run, right? If so, there’s a good chance that Pitt could play PSU and WVU annually for years and years to come. If Penn State decides to make Pitt a permanent annual opponent, I believe that starting in 2020, the game should be played Thanksgiving Weekend, and Penn State might have to alter their usual series rotation (hosting the team on even years, traveling to the team on odd years; compared to the current travel to team on even years, host the team on odd years). But this all depends on any long term decisions as far as future opponents and scheduling alterations.
Yes, ACC teams can schedule 4 OOC games minus their Notre Dame requirements per year. However, Penn State is only able to schedule 3 OOC games per year. This is where the problem lies… Penn State will play 5 away conference games every year, therefore that year, they must play 3 OOC Home games. That leaves only 1 Home-and-Home option available at a time.
It is my personal belief that a school like Penn State would be limiting itself by playing Pitt every year for the next 100 years; this would require Penn State to forgo playing scheduling any other Home-and-Home deals, unless they are OK with only playing 5 true home games one season (unlikely!)
This is Fantastic! Now if only Texas and Texas A&M will schedule one another too? How about Nebraska and Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, or even Temple and Pitt? Conference Expansion, and raiding other Conferences have destroyed a lot of great rivalries! ….If you look back to 1982, Pitt could have saved us all from this mess had they agreed to join an all sports Eastern Conference with Penn State, WVU, Syracuse, Boston College, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Temple, but instead joined the Big East in all sports except football which they remained an Independent, as did the others. …Penn State would go on to join The Big 10, Florida State the ACC, and that left the other 8 Schools which joined the new Big East Football Conference, and we all now what happened after that? …i am a big Pittsburgh Panther fan, and I like WVU and Penn State, and Temple as well, but if Pitt’s Ad at the time wasn’t such a Penn State hater, we would have a Great Eastern Football Conference today, and yes, maybe there would have been still Conference Expansion, but I doubt Penn State would have left a Powerful Eastern Conference where they would have won a lot of Championships, and possible National Championships for the Big 10?
What about Pitt/Ohio State???????
As a Mountaineer fan I’d much rather resume a series with VaTech. Their fans have pulses.
River City Rivalry – this was a short-lived trophy game
Hopefully Cincy can land in a P5 conference at some point. Them and BYU would be good additions..
hope the Big 12 hears you Travis
Tulane probably has a better chance at the B12, but I’d suspect that either BYU or Cincy would be added with them at the same time to keep even numbers. Cincy would make sense (to partner with WVU, also because they are good at basketball).
Glad to see this series back on the books. Those games were pretty exciting when they both played in the Big East.
Will this be known as the Johnny Majors bowl?
I agree, Johnny Majors will come up in this game a couple of times, nice add-on for Tennessee.
They should also schedule a 2019-2020 series!
Disappointing that an SEC team that has actually scheduled good OOC teams is playing a below average ACC team instead of USC.
Below average? I wouldn’t underestimate Pitt, they’re tougher than you may think.
Beats playing Presbyterian…..
JC: Don’t know what measure you’re using, but if you go by on field results, against the ACC and other P5 schools, and other embarrassing losses like the ones to Akron and Houston this past year, they are not a very good team. They may be better by the time they play Tennessee, but I wouldn’t hold out much hope given their performances in the past 20+ years.
You are correct, we do not know how Pitt will look in six years, either Tennessee. The way these two programs have been going lately, it seems like a good fit. There was only a verbal agreement between USC & Tenn that may plan out. Tennessee & Pitt had an opportunity to make this game work, so they did.
If the Vols beat Pitt for the first time EVER, then you can rag on how bad Pitt is.
I like this match up but wish Tennessee would schedule a home and away with Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson and North Carolina. I would also like Nebraska and Texas as a home and away. I wish the power of 5 would play nobody but each other and let the smaller conferences go down one division and play each other and eliminate the bowl games to 12-15. If coaches are going to earn between 3-8 million a year then all 12 of the games should be good, balanced and tough. It would also stop with 10-12 teams undefeated at the end or near the end of the season. I would rather be 8-4 and played a top 20 schedule every week than be 12-0 and play 1 or 2 tough games a season
Pitt should cancel the Villanova game and go with a MAC or AAC team
They have to play Villanova, as they were to play them for their home opener in 2013, but that got changed due to the ACC opener with Florida State. The ACC helped out with Boston College picking up Villanova in 2013 and Pitt moved Villanova back to 2016.
Pitt should have scheduled West Virginia
Pitt has a home-and home’s scheduled with both both Penn St and Okla St in 2016 & 2017. In 2018 Pitt plays Penn St and likely a game at ND. Adding WV to those schedules would be suicide,
How about a Pitt-WV home-and-home for 2019 & 2022?
New Mexico State has five non-conference games scheduled for 2015 so one game must be cancelled (Florida / Missi / BC / NM / UTEP).
If the Aggies are forced to cancel the scheduled Florida game, might there be a potential 2015 season kickoff game between the Gators and Hurricanes?
hard to believe Pitt and Marshall have never played…..they are what, four hours apart?
This is a crossroads for Pitt football. Looking at the non-conference schedule, you see that the 2 “cream-puffs” (YSU and Akron) both beat Pitt by double digits on Pitt’s field the last time they played. There is not a game on either the 2015 or 2016 schedule that is not winnable, but it is possible to see 8 or 9 losses in either or both seasons if we don’t pick up the recruiting pace.
I want to see a Pitt v. Michigan State match-up
I want to see Pitt play Colorado and more of the PAC12 schools – like minded academically. I also agree that we could be seeing loooonnnnnggggg years if the play doesn’t improve. Pitt needs a great coach who stays a few years. I’d have no confidence if my son wanted to play that he would see the same coach for his four years.
It would be great to see PITT play more riverly games again and even pick up more in commonwealth games like playing Penn State regularly and maybe even Temple instead of going to schools like Iowa and a lesser extent villinova, but mostly it be nice to see Pitt and Penn state go at it every season, because that’s always a good game I’d say prolly one of the top games on Pitt’s schedule outside of UNC, ND and Syracuse Also seeing WV wouldn’t be bad either.