In the long run, the game this Saturday between Pitt and Tennessee isn’t very meaningful. It might help clarify a few questions about both teams but neither team’s season will be destroyed with a loss or saved with a win.
Mostly, its a game about bragging rights. For Pitt, its about maintaining relevance and pride in the ACC. Its also about ending a long losing streak against non-conference P5 opponents on the road. Pitt hasn’t won a road game vs a P5 opponent since November 1, 2008. Almost 13 years ago and 10 straight losses since. That day, Pitt beat Notre Dame at South Bend, IN 36-33 in 4 OTs. A record for the longest game ever at Notre Dame.
Since then, Pitt has lost the following road games against current non-conference P5 opponents (excluding neutral site bowl games):
9/26/09 at NC State 38-31 (Pitt was in the Big East then and Pitt led 31-17 late in the 3rd Qtr; Russell Wilson led the NC State comeback)
9/2/10 at Utah 27-24 (OT)
10/9/10 at Notre Dame 23-17
9/17/11 at Iowa 31-27 (the day Pitt gets accepted into the ACC and led the game 27-10 in the 4th Qtr)
11/3/12 at Notre Dame 29-26 (3 OTs) – (Pitt missed a game winning kick)
9/19/15 at Iowa 27-24 (Pitt loses on a 57 yard game winning kick as time expires)
9/17/16 at Oklahoma State 45-38
9/9/17 at Penn State 33-14
10/13/18 at Notre Dame 19-14
9/14/19 at Penn State 17-10
For Tennessee, apparently its about being measured...
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