News and notes: Rankings, gametime, and honors
MOVIN’ ON UP
Following their 23-20 win over Syracuse on Saturday, the Pitt football team jumped in the Associated Press Top 25 and also appeared in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25 for the first time. On Sunday, the Panthers leapt from No. 25 to No. 23 in the AP poll, while claiming the No. 24 spot in the Coaches’ poll. They will aim to climb the ranks on Thursday, when they take on the UNC Tar Heels at 7 p.m. at Heinz Field.
NOTRE DAME AT NOON
The ACC announced Monday morning that Pitt’s matchup next Saturday, Nov. 7 against Notre Dame will kickoff at noon. This came after speculation from fans that the game could garner a primetime slot, perhaps even meriting a visit from ESPN’s College Gameday show. ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC will air the game.
TRIO OF TOP PERFORMERS
For the second time this season, Pitt had three players score ACC Weekly Honors in a single week. For their performances at Syracuse, junior Tyler Boyd earned receiver of the week, junior Matt Galambos earned linebacker of the week, and freshman running back Qadree Ollison earned running back of the week.