Pitt adds second FCS game

Pitt has completed its nonconference schedule, adding a second FCS game to fill its final hole.

The Panthers will play Gardner-Webb on Sept. 22, after opening the season against Youngstown State on Sept. 1. Every Big East school was put into a bind when TCU left for the Big 12, forcing teams that had planned to play four nonconference games to add a fifth on short notice.

What is even worse for Pitt, is the Panthers had to buy out a nonconference game against UCF to make room for TCU. There is nothing appealing about playing two FCS games, but options were limited. Now Pitt is left with a less than appealing home slate, especially when you consider West Virginia is also off the schedule. That game would have been played at Heinz Field.

Pitt nonconference games

Sept. 1 Youngstown State

Sept. 15 Virginia Tech

Sept. 22 Gardner-Webb

Oct. 6 at Buffalo

Nov. 3 at Notre Dame

Big East games

Home: Louisville, Rutgers, Temple

Away: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Syracuse, USF