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2012 Football Schedule Released | March
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The 2012 Pitt football schedule was released today and there are a few nice surprises to it.  Let's get right to it:

 

Date

Opponent Time TV
Sept. 1 Youngstown St.           6:00pm    
Sept. 6 (Thurs)   @ Cincinnati* 8:00pm ESPN
Sept. 15 Virginia Tech TBA
Sept. 22 Gardner-Webb TBA Hahaha
Sept. 29 Bye
Oct. 5 (Fri) @ Syracuse* 7:00pm ESPN
Oct. 13 Louisville* TBA
Oct. 20 @ Buffalo TBA
Oct. 27 Temple* TBA
Nov. 3 @ Notre Dame 3:30pm NBC
Nov. 9 (Fri) @ Connecticut* 8:0pm ESPN2
Nov. 17 Bye
Nov. 24 Rutgers* TBA
Dec. 1 @ South Florida* TBA ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2   

Home games in bold blue.
*denotes BIG EAST Conference game

Pitt's Athletics website notes that due to Television considerations, TBA kickoff times will be announced at a later date.  They should add in parentheses afterwards "also known as 12pm" but I guess they're being optimistic.

On that optimistic side, all the home games are on Saturdays this season, so get your breakfast tailgates planned now.  BIG EAST play kicks off really early in the season on Sept. 6 when the Panthers travel to Cincinnati to fill that gaping hole left by TCU in the schedule.  Fortunately for Cincinnati there shouldn't be any snow.  Temple is welcomed back into the BIG EAST because few to no other options existed with open arms and travels to Heinz Field, looking to beat Pitt for the first time since 1998.  The weekend usually reserved for brawling in the backyard with hoopies is replaced with a home game against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  I just hope it's more entertaining that 2011's Pitt-Rutgers <sarcasm> offensive fireworks display </sarcasm>.

There are quite a few nationally televised games, including the big show down at Notre Dame.  It's on NBC, so get your earphones ready to tune out the blatant homerism listen to Billy Hilgrove and Pat Bostick with the call.  The BIG EAST is hoping that Pitt vs. USF can turn out to be a championship match-up, or maybe one of the other games that weekend will if nothing else.  That should fill the void until they can have a true conference championship game, sure.