Pittsburgh Panthers

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Pittsburgh Panthers
Pitt.png
First season 2014
Head coach Jumbo
7th year, 48–29 (.623)
Home stadium Heinz Field
Year built 2001
Stadium capacity 65,500
Stadium surface Natural Grass
Location Pittsburgh Panthers
League NCAA
Conference ACC
Division Coastal
All-time record 48–32 (.600)
Postseason bowl record 3–3 (.500)
Playoff appearances 0
Claimed national titles 0
National Finalist 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 2
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors

Blue and Gold

          
Fight song Hail To Pitt
Mascot ROC the Panther
Rivals West Virginia
Penn State
Notre Dame
Syracuse
Cincinnati

The Pittsburgh Panthers, coached by Jumbo, are a collegiate football team playing in the ACC. The Panthers play in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and are a member of the Coastal Division of the ACC.

History

2014-present: Jumbo era

3 games into the 2014 Pittsburgh Panthers season, the team hired an actual coach with Jumbo taking the helm. The team has enjoyed 6 winning seasons under the coach with him now going into his 7th season; additionally, the team has won 2 Coastal division titles.

2014-2016: Beginnings; James Dale Era

2014

The first season in Pitt's history, it was mostly noted for Pitt notching their first bowl victory (against Texas in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas). They also achieved their first ever coaches' poll ranking at #25 in Week 8 before falling to the Miami Hurricanes.

2015

The second season in Pitt's history was marked by their first ever Coastal division title. This division title was won on technicality after DollaBill-gate forced North Carolina to forfeit all postseason play. James Dale set a Pitt record with 25 TD passes.

2016

The most successful season in Pitt history to date, the Panthers started the season ranked #20 and have moved as high as #11 in the rankings. Pitt also earned the best win in program history when they defeated Notre Dame 52-50 in triple overtime. Pitt claimed The CFBHC Championship Belt in this game, though they relinquished it in a loss to Penn State two weeks later. Pitt would be the only team to beat the Fighting Irish that season as Notre Dame would go on to win the National Title.


2017-2018: Luke Williams

Pitt had 2 similar seasons to the Dale era with Luke Williams at QB, going 7-6 and 9-4 with no real notable upsets outside of a 2017 win over then-#21 Penn State (the first in team history) 2018 bowl win over #15 Texas.

2019-2020: Grant McConnell

Pitt won their second ever Coastal title in 2019 with JUCO transfer and first-ever scrambler Grant McConnell at the helm.

2021-2024: Messiah Winston

Season-by-Season Records

Coach(es) Year Conference Record Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses Wins Losses
Pittsburgh Panthers
Jumbo 2014 ACC 7 6 4 3 Won Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas vs. Texas (35-21) -
2015 7 7 4 3 Won Mile High Bowl vs. Arizona State (28-13) -
2016 9 4 5 2 Lost Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. UCLA (13-24) #19
2017 7 6 5 2 Lost Weis Markets Bowl vs. Tennessee (10-31) -
2018 9 4 5 2 Won Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Texas (23-20) -
2019 9 5 6 1 Lost Orange Bowl vs. Vanderbilt (7-27) -
2020 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
Total 48 32
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

All-Time Records

Series Records vs ACC Opponents

Pitt joined the ACC for full play in 2014. Here is their record against each opponent.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Boston College 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -
Clemson 2 0 2 0 .000 40 65 2019 2019 L2
Duke 6 6 0 0 1.000 187 58 2014 2019 W6
Florida State 1 0 1 0 .000 24 41 2015 2015 L1
Georgia Tech 6 5 1 0 .833 224 143 2014 2019 W1
Louisville 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -
Miami 6 3 3 0 .500 123 131 2014 2019 W1
NC State 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -
North Carolina 6 2 4 0 .333 144 156 2014 2019 W2
Syracuse 5 4 1 0 .800 168 125 2014 2018 W3
Virginia 6 5 1 0 .833 127 87 2014 2019 W5
Virginia Tech 6 4 2 0 .667 140 132 2014 2019 W2
Wake Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -
13 Opponents 44 29 15 0 .659 1177 938 2014 2019 6 Seasons

Series Records vs Non-Conference Opponents

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Auburn 2 1 1 0 .500 59 31 2017 2018 L1
Arizona State 1 1 0 0 1.000 28 13 2015 2015 W1
BYU 1 1 0 0 1.000 17 10 2014 2014 W1
Fresno State 2 2 0 0 1.000 86 34 2015 2016 W2
Kansas 2 1 1 0 .500 31 48 2014 2016 W1
Michigan 2 1 1 0 .500 34 41 2015 2016 W1
Navy 1 1 0 0 1.000 27 14 2014 2014 W1
Notre Dame 5 3 2 0 .600 119 116 2015 2019 W2
Oklahoma 1 0 1 0 .000 17 27 2019 2019 L1
Penn State 6 1 5 0 .167 124 170 2014 2019 L2
TCU 1 1 0 0 1.000 19 17 2019 2019 W1
Tennessee 1 0 1 0 .000 10 31 2017 2017 L1
Texas 3 2 1 0 .667 61 69 2014 2018 W2
UCLA 1 0 1 0 .000 21 34 2016 2016 L1
Utah 1 1 0 0 1.000 24 7 2015 2015 W1
Vanderbilt 1 0 1 0 7 27 2019 2019 L1
Washington 2 1 1 0 .500 34 28 2017 2018 W1
West Virginia 3 2 1 0 .667 83 40 2017 2019 W2
18 Opponents 36 19 17 0 .528 801 757 2014 2019 6 Seasons

Bowl History

The team has appeared in a bowl game every year of its existence, going 3-3.

Season Bowl Opponent Result
2014 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Texas W, 35-21
2015 Mile High Bowl Arizona State W, 28-13
2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl UCLA L, 13-24
2017 Weis Markets Bowl Tennessee L, 10-31
2018 Russell Athletic Bowl Texas W, 23-20
2019 Orange Bowl Vanderbilt L, 7-27
Total 6 Bowl Games 3–3


Individual Award Winners

National Awards

P Mason Singleton - 2018 CFBHC Season


All-Americans

  • 2018
P Mason Singleton


1st Team All-ACC


Records and Draftees