Yes, I am blatantly stealing this idea from Nunes. Too good not to do an info-dump version for Pitt.
The final year for Pitt in the Big East. Next year, it’s the ACC. So, time to take a historical look at the most played teams, the past and future. The list is of the teams Pitt has played 20 or more times.
Most Played Teams in Pitt Football
1. West Virginia: 104, 61-40-3. Like it or not, you know at some point the Backyard Brawl will be played once more.
2. Penn State: 96, 42-50-4. Unless this resumes as a full-time series.
3. (tie) Notre Dame: 67, 20-46-1. Sadly, this is not the most lopsided historical record on the list.
3. (tie) Syracuse: 67, 34-30-3. You would think both sides would care more about this series, as within the next 5 years or so Pitt will be their most played opponent and Cuse remains a top-3. Yet you would be hard pressed to find a fan on either side who circles this game on the calendar.
5. Navy: 38, 22-13-3. Kind of a sharp drop-off to the 5th spot.
6. Temple: 35, 26-8-1. Useless factoid: four of the eight losses happened in the 90s. Sums up how far Pitt football dropped in that period.
7. Washington & Jefferson: 33, 18-13-1. Odds are they will remain in the top-10 for several more years.
8. Miami: 32, 9-22-1. No, even this record isn’t the worst.
9. Carnegie Tech: 30, 24-5-1. Suck it, nerds.
10. (tie) Boston College: 29, 16-13. Meh.
10. (tie) Rutgers: 29, 21-8. Over the last 20 year Pitt has been only 12-8 vs. Rutgers. Ouch.
12. Army: 27, 19-6-2. And on the flip side…
13. Ohio State: 25, 5-19-1. God, that is embarrassing.
14. Nebraska: 24, 15-6-3. Probably the oddest thing to see on this list.
As you can see, the only teams on that list that will still be in the Big East next year are Temple and Rutgers. Not exactly feeling like Pitt is leaving part of its heritage behind. Only two teams on this list that we can be absolutely sure Pitt will never again play.
Now, in the swan song of the Big East season, here’s the history against Big East foes.
Big East Remainders
Temple: 35, 26-8-1.
Rutgers: 29. 21-8.
Louisville: 15, 8-7. I hope these guys get to the Big 12, someday.
Cincinnati: 11, 8-3. Saw comments on Twitter about how Pitt needs to win the last game to reclaim the River City Rivalry Trophy — so it can be tossed in the Ohio River so as to never be seen again. I guess that beats sticking it in the closet with the CBI trophy. My hope is that Pitt wins, then politely gives it back to the Bearcats saying, “Enjoy the memories when you briefly gained relevancy.”
USF: 9, 6-3. The Big East team that annually challenged Pitt for most disappointing.
UConn: 8, 4-4. Pitt can’t really leave the Big East with a losing record to these guys. May actually be considered a must win this year.
If you are wondering about the future Big East teams: UCF, Houston, SMU, Boise St. and San Diego St. Pitt’s combined record against them is 4-4. Pitt has never played Boise St. and SDSU.
And just for fun, the Future.
Syracuse: 67, 34-30-3.
Miami: 32, 9-22-1.
Boston College: 29, 16-13.
Clemson: 1, 1-0. 1977 Gator Bowl. Pitt 34 Clemson 3.
Duke: 17, 9-8. Actually played Duke 6 straight years… in the 30s and 40s.
Florida State: 8, 5-3. Last meeting, 1983.
Georgia Tech: 7, 5-2. Last game was back in 1976.
Maryland: 6, 3-3. Can someone. Anyone. Explain how Pitt and Maryland have only played 6 times?
North Carolina: 7, 3-4. So, was anyone on those Butch Davis teams academically eligible?
North Carolina St.: 9, 5-3-1. Russell f**kin’ Wilson.
Virginia: 5, 3-2. It’s a very pretty campus.
Virginia Tech: 11, 4-7. I am really looking forward to the Hokies.
Wake Forest: Never played a game. Not sure they really exist.
Even though, Pitt was an independent for all those years, ACC teams never seemed to make it on the schedule. Weird.