Nippert Stadium (35,000/Field Turf)
ESPN — Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman
KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
BIG EAST/ISP Radio Network
- LISTEN LIVE
John Rooke and Peter Brock
Sirius 213; XM 203
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
THE GAME • THE RIVER CITY RIVALRY
Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati … The Panthers won the first seven meetings, while the Bearcats have taken the last two … The series began with consecutive games in 1921 and 1922 and didn’t resume until 1979 and 1981 … Last year’s game was a winner-take-all affair for the outright BIG EAST title and Bowl Championship Series bid … Cincinnati completed a 12-0 regular season with its second straight BIG EAST title in a 45-44 win at Heinz Field, capped by a 29-yard touchdown reception by WR Armon Binns with 33 seconds left … Cincinnati trailed 31-10 in the second quarter before rallying for the win behind a BIG EAST-record 381 all-purpose yards by Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard.
PITTSBURGH (6-5, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Dave Wannstedt (Pittsburgh ’74)
41-31, sixth season
Pittsburgh would clinch a share of its second BIG EAST championship with a win against Cincinnati … The Panthers would win the outright BIG EAST title for the first time if they beat Cincinnati and see West Virginia and Connecticut lose Saturday … Pittsburgh’s only BIG EAST title to date was in 2004, when the Panthers were part of a four-way tie for first … The Panthers are 2-3 on the road this season … QB Tino Sunseri has completed 65.8 percent of his passes (200 of 304) and has thrown for 2,318 yards and 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions … RB Ray Graham (82.5 yards per game, eight touchdowns) and RB Dion Lewis (69.5 ypg, eight touchdowns) make for one of the top backfield tandems in the nation … WR Jon Baldwin has 47 receptions for 753 yards and five touchdowns … DE Brandon Lindsey is tied for the conference lead in sacks (10) and is the outright leader in tackles for loss (16) … DE Jabaal Sheard is third in the BIG EAST with nine sacks.
CINCINNATI (4-7, 2-4 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
4-7, first season at Cincinnati
32-19, fourth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati will miss the postseason for the first time since 2005 after the Bearcats lost for the fourth time in five games last week … The Bearcats were in the hunt for a share of the BIG EAST title until last weekend … Cincinnati has scored 35, 40, 45 and 69 points in its four wins and has gone 0-7 when it has scored 30 points or fewer … Cincinnati leads the BIG EAST in total offense (431.2 yards per game), scoring offense (28.6 ppg) and passing offense (274.5 ypg) … QB Zach Collaros leads the BIG EAST in passing (279.3 yards per game) and total offense (294.8 ypg) … Collaros has thrown for 2,793 yards and 25 touchdowns against 11 interceptions … RB Isaiah Pead is third in the BIG EAST in rushing at 93.2 yards per game … Pead enters Saturday’s game with 932 yards and six TDs this season … WR Armon Binns has 72 receptions for 1,072 yards and 10 touchdowns and leads the BIG EAST in all three categories … LB J.K. Schaffer is second in the conference with 101 tackles … DE Brandon Mills has team highs of six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.