Friday, July 08, 2005

Pitt football is moving beyond MAC opponents for non-conference games -- yes! - Football Stories The University of Pittsburgh will add five high-caliber opponents to its non-conference football schedule in the coming decade.

Pitt athletic director Jeff Long announced today future non-conference games with Iowa, Miami (Fla.), NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

This year Pitt is to travel to Ohio University in Athens to play a Friday night game in September. I'm an OU grad. I love Athens and my time there was great. But, I'm not planning on going. But the big news is how Pitt is choosing to play Va Tech in the future, and sidestep the likes of the OU Bobcats and Furman.

It is a good move to see Pitt's football schedule filled with more worthy, traditional powers.

The other point of interest is how IOWA is going to show up. Visually, when Pitt takes the field against the Hawkeyes, there will be many in the Burgh and western PA who won't know who to cheer for at first glance. The TV highlights most of all will look like Pitt is playing against the Steelers.

IOWA's colors are black and gold and the uniforms greatly resemble the outfits of the South Side Sabres. (giggle)

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