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Pitt announces kickoff times for first two games

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Little by little, the details of Pitt’s 2020 football season are falling into place, and on Tuesday, the kickoff times and broadcast information for the team’s first two games were revealed.

Pitt will kick off its season against Austin Peay at Heinz Field at 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 12. The Governors are 0-1 after suffering a 24-17 defeat at the hands of Central Arkansas in the first college football game of the 2020 season. The season-opening contest will be the first ever between Pitt and Austin Peay.

The Week 2 matchup with Syracuse is set to kick off at noon ET on Sept. 19. That game is also set to be played at Heinz Field after the Panthers dealt the Orange a 27-20 loss in the Carrier Dome last October. The matchup will be the 76th meeting between the two regional rivals, which first met in 1916 and have played each other every year since 1955. Pitt leads the all-time series 40-32-3.

Both games are set to be broadcast on the ACC Network, which poses a problem for many Panthers fans who have Comcast as their cable provider, as Comcast does not carry the ACC Network. This year, that problem will be compounded by Pitt's previous announcement that fans will not be permitted to attend games at Heinz Field in September.

Both games will be broadcast on 93.7 The Fan, as Pitt games have been in previous years. Kickoff times and broadcast information for the other nine games on Pitt’s 2020 football schedule have yet to be announced.