South Florida at Pitt
Kickoff: Thurs. Sept. 29, 8 p.m. e.t.
Where: Heinz Field (65,050) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Records: Pitt (2-2, 0-0 Big East), South Florida (4-0, 0-0 Big East)
Rankings: USF is ranked 16/14
Coaches: Todd Graham: 2-2 (first season at Pitt) and 45-25 overall
Skip Holtz: 12-5 (second season at South Florida) and 84-55 overall
Series History: (dates back to 2001): Pitt leads 5-3
Last meeting: Pitt 17, USF 10 Nov. 20, 2010
TV: ESPN national telecast. Rece Davis (play-by-play), Craig James (color), Jesse Palmer (color), Jenn Brown (sideline).
ESPN 3D. Dave Lamont (play-by-play), Tim Brown (color), and Ray Bentley (sideline).
Pittsburgh radio: KDKA-FM. Sportsradio 93.7 and the Pitt IMG Sports Network. Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Pat Bostick (color), John Burton (sideline)
Satellite Radio: Sirius channel 91 (Pitt broadcast)
Notes: This marks the Big East Conference-opener for both teams. Todd Graham faced Skip Holtz when both were head coaches in Conference-USA schools. Graham was head coach at Rice in 2006 and at Tulsa in 2007-2010 and Holtz was head coach at East Carolina from 2005 to 2009. Pitt has appeared in 17 ESPN Thursday night games but is only 1-4 in its last five ESPN Thursday night games, with the lone win against South Florida (26-21 in 2008). South Florida is undefeated. Pitt is trying to stop a two-game losing streak.
Injuries: Pitt offensive lineman Chris Jacobson is out for the season.
Graham’s goals this week: Our focus going into this week is each person needs to take care of his job, show discipline, take ownership, and play the best game you’ve played so far. We must play with 100 percent ball security and get takeaways.
Graham’s thought’s on opening Big East play: This really counts now. We only have seven [conference] opportunities to win a championship.
Graham’s knowledge of USF head coach Skip Holtz: He’s one of the classiest people in the business. He’s a first class guy and also tough to compete against. HIs teams are always very well-coached.
Graham’s analysis of USF: On defense the best thing they do is get takeaways. That’s how they’re 4-0. On offense, their quarterback is very athletic.
for more information: Pitt web site Big East web site