2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Military Bowl, L 28–44 vs. Navy
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2015 record 8–5 (6–2 ACC)
Head coach Pat Narduzzi (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (1st season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Heinz Field
(Capacity: 68,400)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 12, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers were led by first year head coach Pat Narduzzi and played their home games at Heinz Field. They were a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This were Pitt's third season as a member of the ACC. They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in ACC play to finish in second place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Military Bowl where they lost to Navy.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 5 1:00 p.m. No. 14 (FCS) Youngstown State* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN3 W 45–37   49,969
Sat. Sep. 12 6:00 p.m. at Akron* InfoCision Stadium–Summa FieldAkron, OH ESPN3 W 24–7   23,425
Sat. Sep. 19 8:00 p.m. at Iowa* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 24–27   63,636
Sat. Oct. 3 12:00 p.m. at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ACCRSN W 17–13   49,120
Sat. Oct. 10 12:30 p.m. Virginiadagger Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ACCN W 26–19   45,237
Sat. Oct. 17 12:30 p.m. at Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ACCN W 31–28   46,208
Sat. Oct. 24 12:00 p.m. at Syracuse No. 25 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) ESPNU W 23–20   29,832
Thu. Oct. 29 7:00 p.m. North Carolina No. 23 Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN L 19–26   43,049
Sat. Nov. 7 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Notre Dame* Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 30–42   68,400
Sat. Nov. 14 12:00 p.m. at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPNews W 31–13   30,243
Sat. Nov. 21 3:45 p.m. Louisville Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNews W 45–34   42,119
Fri. Nov. 27 12:00 p.m. Miami (FL) Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN2 L 24–29   40,126
Mon. Dec. 28 2:30 p.m. vs. No. 21 Navy Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD (Military Bowl) ESPN L 28–44   36,352[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time
All dates, times and TV are tentative and subject to change.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 25 23 RV NR RV RV NR NR NR 
Coaches NR RV RV NR NR NR NR RV 24 RV RV RV RV NR RV NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Coaching staff[edit]

2015 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Pat Narduzzi – Head Coach
  • Jim Chaney – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Josh Conklin – Defensive Coordinator
  • Andre Powell – Running Backs/Special Teams
  • Tom Sims – Defensive Line
  • John Peterson – Offensive Line
  • Renaldo Hill – Cornerbacks
  • Tim Salem – Tight Ends
  • Kevin Sherman – Wide Receivers
  • Rob Harley – Linebackers
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Assistant Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Bob Junko – Director of Player Development and High School Relations
  • Ben Mathers – Director of Football Operations
  • Mark Diethorn – Director of Recruiting
  • Ryan Turnley – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Shanahan – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Scott McKillop – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Phil DeCapito – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Dave Andrews – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Freddie Walker – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Austin Addington-Strapp – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

[2]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tyler Boyd Wide Receiver 2 55 Cincinnati Bengals

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/MilitaryBowl/status/681594756795871233
  2. ^ "2015 Pittsburgh Football Spring Prospectus" (PDF). University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. Retrieved April 18, 2015.