Sept. 11, 2006
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Pitt and Michigan State will meet for the first time since the 1960 season. The teams deadlocked, 7-7, in the last encounter at Pitt Stadium.
The Panthers will play a Big Ten team for the first time since the 2000 campaign when they defeated Penn State, 12-0, in Three Rivers Stadium. The Spartans are the first Big Ten opponent to visit Heinz Field.
Pitt is 2-0 for the first time since the 2003 season and seeks a 3-0 start for the first time since 2000.
The Panthers are on the cusp of the nation's Top 25, having received 11 votes in the AP poll (to place 33rd) and 20 in the USA Today poll (to place 31st).
TELEVISION: The Pitt-Michigan State game will be a split national telecast on ESPN2 (with BYU-Boston College) and will also be shown on select ABC affiliates in Pennsylvania and Michigan (WTAE-TV, channel 4, in Pittsburgh). Mark Jones (play-by-play), David Norrie (color) and Stacey Dales (sideline) form the broadcast crew.
PITT RADIO: FM NewsTalk 104.7 (WPGB-FM), Fox Sports Radio 970 (WBGG-AM) and the Pittsburgh ISP Sports Network. Bill Hillgrove calls the action, three-time Pitt All-American Bill Fralic provides color analysis and former Pitt offensive lineman Penny Semaia gives sideline reports.
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Every Pitt football game is available via SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The Pitt-Michigan State game will be on Channel 130.
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