Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
ESPN2 — Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese
KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
WFLA-AM 9750 (flagship)
Pittsburgh and USF meet for the eighth time Saturday in a series that dates to 2001 … The Panthers hold a 4-3 series lead after taking the last two meetings … Pittsburgh is 2-1 at Raymond James Stadium … Pitt raced to a 31-7 halftime lead last year, scoring on its first five drives on its way to a 41-14 win at Heinz Field … Panther QB Bill Stull threw two touchdown passes and RB Dion Lewis ran for 111 yards and two TDs.
PITTSBURGH (5-4, 3-1 BIG EAST)
Dave Wannstedt (Pittsburgh ’74)
40-30, sixth season
Pittsburgh looks to rebound from its first BIG EAST loss of the season, a 30-28 setback at Connecticut … The Panthers still retain a one-game lead in the loss column in the BIG EAST standings … A finish of 2-1 or better in the final three games would give the Panthers at least a share of the BIG EAST title … If Pittsburgh wins all three of its remaining games, it would win the conference title outright for the first time … The Panthers are 1-3 in road games this season … QB Tino Sunseri has completed 66.5 percent of his passes (161 of 242) and has thrown for 1,892 yards and 13 touchdowns with just six interceptions … RB Ray Graham (95.0 yards per game, eight touchdowns) and RB Dion Lewis (69.5 ypg, seven touchdowns) make for one of the top backfield tandems in the nation … WR Jon Baldwin has 39 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns … DE Brandon Lindsey is the conference leader in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (13) … DE Jabaal Sheard is tied for the league lead in sacks … K/P Dan Hutchins is the conference’s top-scoring kicker (8.0 ppg) and the leading punter (45.5 avg.).
USF (6-3, 3-2 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
6-3, first season at USF
78-53, 11th year as collegiate head coach
USF has won three straight games after last week’s 24-21 overtime win at Louisville … The win made the Bulls bowl-eligible for the sixth consecutive season … USF stopped the Cardinals on fourth-and-1 from the 4-yard line in overtime before winning on a field goal on its first possession of OT … The Bulls are 6-0 when they have scored more than 14 points and 0-3 when they have been held to 14 points or fewer … USF is 4-1 at home and plays its last two BIG EAST games at Raymond James Stadium … QB B.J. Daniels has thrown for 1,325 yards and nine touchdowns with 11 interceptions … Daniels has rushed for four touchdowns as well, tying RB Moise Plancher for the team lead … Plancher is the leading rusher with 516 yards on 110 carries … WR Dontavia Bogan has team highs with 32 receptions, 484 yards and four touchdown catches … LB Sam Barrington leads the team with 50 tackles … DE Craig Marshall has a team-high four sacks and seven tackles for loss, but has missed the last two games due to a foot injury … K Maikon Bonani has made 11-of-13 field goal attempts since taking over as the regular placekicker.