Nov. 9, 2009
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# 8/9 Pitt (8-1, 5-0 Big East)
vs. Notre Dame (6-3)
Nov. 14, 2009 • 8 p.m., EST • Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ranked No. 8 by The Associated Press and No. 9 in the USA Today coaches poll, Pitt has its highest November ranking since 1982. The Panthers are 12th in this week's Bowl Championship Series ratings, their highest BCS listing ever.
Pitt achieved its lofty rankings after winning five consecutive games to improve to 8-1 on the year, its best start since the 1982 Panthers, led by quarterback Dan Marino, also started 8-1.
The Panthers' final three opponents are a combined 20-5 (.800) against FBS competition, giving them the fourth toughest remaining schedule (based on future opponents) according to the NCAA.
Pitt has won two of its last three games against Notre Dame with both victories occurring on the road (2004 and '08). The Panthers are seeking their first home victory over the Irish since 1999.
TV: The Pitt-Notre Dame game will be a national ABC telecast and aired locally on WTAE-TV, channel 4. Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color) and Lisa Salters (sideline) form the broadcast crew.
PITT RADIO: 3WS 94.5 (WWSW-FM), Fox Sports Radio 970 (WBGG-AM) and the Pittsburgh ISP Sports Network. Bill Hillgrove calls the action, while three-time Pitt All-American Bill Fralic and former Panther head coach Serafino "Foge" Fazio provide color analysis.
SATELLITE RADIO: The Pitt-Notre Dame game will be aired on SIRIUS satellite radio channel 127 and XM channel 103.
INTERNET: "Panthers All-Access" at PittsburghPanthers.com.
Pitt and Notre Dame meet for the 65th time in a series that dates back to 1909...the Irish lead the all-time series, 44-19-1…Pitt, however, has won two of the last three encounters with both victories occurring on the road (2008 and 2004)...the Panthers defeated the host Irish last year, 36-33, in four overtimes, marking the longest game in both Pitt and Notre Dame history...it was Pitt's second consecutive victory in Notre Dame Stadium (in their prior visit in 2004, the Panthers won, 41-38)...in the last game played in Pittsburgh, Notre Dame triumphed, 42-21, in the 2005 season opener...the game served as the collegiate head coaching debuts for both Dave Wannstedt and Charlie Weis...Pitt's last home victory over the Irish was a 37-27 decision in 1999, the final game ever played in Pitt Stadium...Notre Dame is 25-9-1 against Pitt in Pittsburgh.
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