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Saturday, September 24, 2011
It's game day at Heinz Field

By Matt Fortuna

PITTSBURGH -- Greetings from Heinz Field, where Notre Dame will look to get to .500 against a Pitt team coming off a devastating loss at Iowa last weekend.

Lots of action in town this weekend. Fans from Notre Dame -- and from LSU -- have done their part to make a dent in this city, with two major football games taking place within an hour's distance of each other. I'd say it's about 50-50 outside right now between Fighting Irish fans and Panthers fans, and it should be an exciting atmosphere come kickoff.

A key matchup in this game will be in the trenches, where the Irish will look to replicate their performance from a week ago against a Pitt offensive line that has surrendered 12 sacks so far this season, the third-most in the nation. Things may only get more troubling for Panthers signal-caller Tino Sunseri, as Pitt announced Friday that left guard Chris Jacobson would be sidelined the rest of the season following knee surgery.

Don't go anywhere, as we're just about an hour from kickoff and I'll have live analysis from today's action.