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The Pitt Panthers (4-4, 3-4 ACC) face the Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4, 4-3 ACC) on Saturday at Heinz Field at 4 p.m. on the ACC Network.

Preview: Pitt will win battle of the trenches against Virginia Tech

By Tyler Mathes, Senior Staff Writer November 20, 2020
Pitt wins, but not by much, as the defensive lines of each team will slow this game down enough to make it interesting.
Pitt’s defensive end duo of Rashad Weaver (pictured) and Patrick Jones II received AP All-America honors on Monday.

Column | Panther draft class filled with most first-round talent in years

By Tyler Mathes, Senior Staff Writer November 18, 2020
The NFL Draft will be held April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland. Pitt comes in with a strong class including not only the six players listed below, but at least five others who have a shot at a late selection or at least might receive training camp invites.
The Pitt Panthers (3-4, 2-4 ACC) match up against the Florida State Seminoles (2-4, 1-4 ACC) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium on the ACC Network.

Football Preview: Yellen will perform well, but not good enough to beat the Seminoles

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer November 6, 2020
Pitt’s rushing attack possesses the key to this game. Rushing for 44 yards on 20 carries against Notre Dame two weeks ago isn’t a winning strategy.
Senior quarterback Kenny Pickett threw four interceptions in Pitt's 52-17 loss to Clemson on Saturday

Column | Pickett needs healthy finish to maintain professional prospects

By Tyler Mathes, Senior Staff Writer November 2, 2020
Senior staff writer Tyler Mathes argues that Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett will need a productive end to the 2020 season in order to keep his chance at a professional career alive.
First-year quarterback Joey Yellen filled in for the Panthers during the last two Pitt games while Kenny Pickett dealt with an ankle injury.

Mid-season grades: evaluating Pitt’s position groups during the bye week

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer October 30, 2020
Pitt’s bye week presents the opportunity to evaluate which Panther units have carried their weight thus far, and which haven’t.
Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers kneels for the national anthem at Levi's Stadium in October 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

‘Big 4’ sports leagues focus on social justice issues in a year like no other

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer October 28, 2020
Society’s problems have never blended into the sports world the way they have in 2020
The Pitt Panthers return home to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Heinz Field on Saturday.

Preview: Panthers will shock unbeaten Irish

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer October 23, 2020
After losing three straight games, Pitt desperately needs a turnaround win. Staff writer Tyler Mathes thinks they’ll get that victory this week against No. 3 Notre Dame. Find out why here:
Senior quarterback Kenny Pickett’s health is questionable due to an ankle injury sustained during last week's game against Boston College.

Preview: Panthers continue losing skid against Canes

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer October 16, 2020
Coming off back-to-back losses, the Pitt Panthers (3-2, 2-2 ACC) travel to South Beach to take on the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes (3-1, 2-1 ACC) Saturday at noon on the ACC Network. The Panthers are eager to redeem themselves after last week’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Boston College.
The Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson eight games into the 2018 season, eventually hiring Freddie Kitchens to replace Gregg Williams and Jackson.

‘Renting’ an NFL head coach: Does it actually work?

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer October 14, 2020
Renting a coach in football, whether at the professional or collegiate level, doesn’t happen too often. “Renting” refers to an interim coach hired in the middle of a season to replace a coach who got sacked.
Staff Writer Tyler Mathes predicts that Pitt will pull through with a narrow victory against Boston College.

Preview: Pitt to rebound against Boston College

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer October 9, 2020
Undefeated no longer, the Pitt Panthers (3-1, 2-1 ACC), coming off a subpar performance against the NC State Wolfpack, take the road for the first time this Saturday against the Boston College Eagles (2-1, 1-1 ACC).
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