2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2018 record 0–0 (0–0 ACC)
Head coach Pat Narduzzi (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Randy Bates (1st season)
Home stadium Heinz Field
(Capacity: 68,400)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
Boston College   0 0         0 0  
Clemson   0 0         0 0  
Florida State   0 0         0 0  
Louisville   0 0         0 0  
NC State   0 0         0 0  
Syracuse   0 0         0 0  
Wake Forest   0 0         0 0  
Coastal Division
Duke   0 0         0 0  
Georgia Tech   0 0         0 0  
Miami   0 0         0 0  
North Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Pittsburgh   0 0         0 0  
Virginia   0 0         0 0  
Virginia Tech   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 1, 2018
As of August 17, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represents the University of Pittsburgh in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers are led by fourth-year head coach Pat Narduzzi and play their home games at Heinz Field. They are a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This is Pitt's sixth season as a member of the ACC.

Previous season[edit]

The Panthers finished the 2017 season 5–7, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Coastal Division.[1]

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Doak Walker Award[2] Darrin Hall RB SR
Butkus Award[3] Oluwaseun Idowu LB RS SR[4]
Wuerffel Trophy[5] Darrin Hall RB SR

ACC media poll[edit]

The ACC media poll was released on July 24, 2018 with the Panthers predcited to finish in fifth place in the Coastal Division.

Media poll (Coastal)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Miami 998 (122)
2 Virginia Tech 838 (16)
3 Georgia Tech 654 (8)
4 Duke 607 (1)
5 Pittsburgh 420
6 North Carolina 370 (1)
7 Virginia 257

Coaching staff[edit]

2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Pat Narduzzi – Head Coach
  • Charlie Partridge – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line
  • Shawn Watson – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Randy Bates – Defensive Coordinator
  • Andre Powell – Running Backs/Special Teams
  • Rob Harley – Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Dave Borbely – Offensive Line
  • Archie Collins – Secondary
  • Tim Salem – Tight Ends
  • Cory Sanders – Safeties
  • Kevin Sherman – Wide Receivers
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Associate Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Bob Junko – Director of Player Development and High School Relations
  • Ben Mathers – Director of Football Operations
  • Reed Case – Director of Recruiting
  • Ben Cotton – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Caprara – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Perish – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Josh Lott – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Dave Andrews – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Freddie Walker – Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Austin Addington-Strapp – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

[6]

Schedule[edit]

The Panthers schedule was released on January 17, 2018.[7]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResult
Sat. Sep. 13:30 p.m.Albany*ACCN Extra
Sat. Sep. 88:00 p.m.Penn State*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry)
ABC
Sat. Sep. 1512:30 p.m.Georgia Tech
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCRSN
Sat. Sep. 22at North Carolina
Sat. Sep. 29at UCF*
Sat. Oct. 6Syracusedagger
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry)
Sat. Oct. 132:30 p.m.at Notre Dame*NBC
Sat. Oct. 27Duke
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
Fri. Nov. 27:30 p.m.at VirginiaESPN2
Sat. Nov. 10Virginia Tech
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Nov. 17at Wake Forest
Sat. Nov. 24at Miami (FL)
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries[edit]

Albany[edit]

Albany at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Great Danes 0 000 0
Panthers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Penn State[edit]

Penn State at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Nittany Lions 0 000 0
Panthers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–51–4 2017 L, 14–33

Georgia Tech[edit]

Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Yellow Jackets 0 000 0
Panthers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–5 2017 L, 17–35

at North Carolina[edit]

Pittsburgh at North Carolina
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Tar Heels 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–9 2017 L, 31–34

at UCF[edit]

Pittsburgh at UCF
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Knights 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2006 W, 52–7

Syracuse[edit]

Syracuse at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Orange 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–31–3 2017 L, 24–27

at Notre Dame[edit]

Pittsburgh at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Fighting Irish 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–48–1 2015 L, 30–42

Duke[edit]

Duke at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Blue Devils 0 000 0
Panthers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–9 2017 W, 24–17

at Virginia[edit]

Pittsburgh at Virginia
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Cavaliers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 2017 W, 31–14

Virginia Tech[edit]

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Hokies 0 000 0
Panthers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–10 2017 L, 14–20

at Wake Forest[edit]

Pittsburgh at Wake Forest
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Demon Deacons 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Miami (FL)[edit]

Pittsburgh at Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Hurricanes 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–25–1 2017 W, 24–14

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club

References[edit]