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Pitt loses Miami-Ohio game as MAC cancels fall football season due to COVID-19

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Pitt’s lone non-conference game was canceled on Saturday as the MAC canceled their football season this fall due to the COVID-19 virus. That would eliminate MAC opponent, Miami (OH), from the Panthers’ schedule, again leaving them without a non-conference opponent season.

The game was originally set to be Pitt’s opener on September 12. Without another team taking that slot, the Panthers would face Syracuse on September 19 in their opener. There’s talk of the MAC possibly eyeing the spring for their football season but that doesn’t help Pitt.

The loss of the game is a disappointing one, obviously. Miami (OH) would not be a pushover but the intent is that playing the RedHawks would allow the Panthers with a bit of a tuneup before the ACC season begins.

Whether or not Pitt can find another opponent in such a short time is unclear. Interestingly, local school Robert Morris was also set to face a MAC team, Bowling Green, on the same date as the Pitt-Miami (OH) contest. Colin Dunlap on Twitter suggested what at least a few other folks are no doubt thinking — even if, well, it might not have a chance at happening.

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