ESPN’s College GameDay to Visit Pitt-West Virginia Football Game Week 1


ESPN’s popular college football pregame show College GameDay will stop in Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 1 for the Panthers’ Week 1 game against West Virginia, according to an ESPN press release. The rivalry, dubbed “Backyard Brawl”, has not taken place since 2011. College GameDay will be in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 3 for Ohio State’s Week 1 game against Notre Dame.

Pitt leads the all-time series against the Mountaineers 61-40-3. The schools are just over an hour apart. The last time these two teams met was in 2011 in Morgantown, with West Virginia leading, 21-20.

During Thursday’s ACC media days, Coach Pitt Pat Narduzzi addressed the future of the rivalry.

“We have a four-year deal with West Virginia right now, and I don’t know if the other four years are up, EJ? So eight of the next 11,” Narduzzi said. “I knew we were working on it before. I didn’t want to say more. Eight of the next 11 years we’ll be playing in West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl, and I think we just did another four years with their department of sports. It’s something that we “I’m excited about. It’s just down the road. It’s a hell of a game. There’s a lot of excitement in Pittsburgh for September 1.”

Pitt finished atop the ACC in 2021, finishing the season 11-3, including an ACC title win over Wake Forest. Narduzzi was also asked how he plans to stay at the top of the conference in 2022.

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“It’s always a challenge, but I’d rather take that challenge than sit at the bottom of the ladder trying to climb the ladder, but it’s never easy I think,” Narduzzi said. “The attitude of our kids, the discipline, the passion they have, and I think the desire they have to be champions again. You did it once. That was a long time ago. It seems like an eternity. I think our kids are going to work one day at a time. 2022. It’s a brand new season. We have a new football team, and I think our kids are going to be working on it. I think it starts with the head coach. I think it starts with me. If I’m happy and complacent with where we are then that’s fine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen with me. I think that they will feel that in August. I think they felt that at the spring ball.

“We haven’t done anything yet. We’d like to win a national championship. We want to be in the playoffs. We’re one game away last year from being that – in this conversation at least in the 14th conversation. If you go at a 12-team playoff, here we are. That’s where we want to be. We’re not happy with where we were last year, and we’d like to win every football game.

Will Backus contributed to this report.


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