Pitt and Tennessee announce home-and-home series in 2021-2022

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

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Pitt and Tennessee announced a home-and-home football series for 2021 and 2022, according to a release on Wednesday.

Tennessee will host the first game on Sept. 11, 2021, and Pitt will host the following year at Heinz Field on Sept. 10, 2022. The two teams have met only twice and both games occurred in Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, but the visitors won both times. Pitt’s strong defense led the way as it won by scores of 30-6 in 1980 and 13-3 in 1983. The wins came during a spell of success for the Panthers, as Pitt won the 1976 National Championship and finished 11-1 in the 1980 season.

The Volunteers finished the 2014 season with a 7-6 record (3-5 SEC), including a 45-28 win over Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2.

Pitt, which finished 6-7 last season under former head coach Paul Chryst, now has one more non-conference multi-year series scheduled through the next eight years.

The team will also travel to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State in 2016, and host the Cowboys the following year. Pitt also is scheduled to host Penn State in 2016 and 2018, and travel to play the Nittany Lions in 2017.

Tennessee is the only non-conference opponent that Pitt is scheduled to face so far in 2021 and 2022.

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