Most of the year the schedule makers have treated Pitt fans very well this season. There have been very few times where future opponents have had their games start around the same time. This week will be different. Panther fans will have to get creative. Laptops will have to broken out, multiple screens will be needed, chaos will ensue. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating just a touch, but you will need some balance today.
As we all know, Pitt hits the road to take on a tough Duke team in their quest to avoid a collapse and a .500 season. Make no mistake, Saturday is huge. One of the many reasons that the game is a big one is that the last part of Pitt's schedule, all of a sudden, doesn't look so bright. If you can work out a way to check out next week's opponent, I think you will see what I mean.
Pitt will take on Louisville on 11/21 and in a stunning announcement, that game will happen at 3:30 or 3:45 (Are you still there? You have not fainted, have you?). This afternoon, while the Panthers take on Duke at high noon, Louisville will play host to Virginia at 12:30 p.m. The Cardinals were once in a tailspin and many wrote them off after a 0-3 start, but they have feasted on a weaker schedule lately to turn it around. They have won five out of their last six. They stand at 5-4 right now and are 4-2 in the conference.
Most of that has been with a weaker schedule, but Louisville has beaten a solid N.C. State team and played very close with the number one team in the country, Clemson. That should grab your attention and keep it. Head coach Bobby Petrino has the Cardinals and their fans believing after a hard start. The 12:30 kickoff today will happen at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville for the Cavs and Cards. You can check your local listings for an obscure channel or you can log onto ESPN3 to see how U of L has turned it around this season.