Pitt Panthers Vs. North Carolina Tar Heels GameDay, TV/Radio, And Preview


The quest is to finish the season strong and over .500 as the University of Pittsburgh Panthers are looking to even their record on the season and in the Atlantic Coast Conference today, as they take on the Tar Heels in North Carolina.

The Blue and Gold (4-5, 2-3 ACC) are on a two-game losing streak in the ACC Coastal Division as they have lost 56-28 to Georgia Tech and 51-48 Duke. They are tied for fourth place in the division with North Carolina and Virginia.

The Tar Heels (4-5, 2-3 ACC) are coming off a 47-20 loss on the road to the University of Miami Hurricanes. Since both programs are 4-5 overall and they both need two wins in their final three contests to reach postseason eligibility, this should be a tough-fought contest.

When: Saturday, Nov. 15

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.

Site: Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC

Playing Surface: Bermuda Grass

Series Began: 1974

Series Overall: UNC leads 5-3

At Pittsburgh: Series tied 2-2

At UNC: Tar Heels lead 3-0

Neutral Sites: Pitt leads 1-0

Last Meeting At Pitt: Nov. 16, 2013 (UNC won 34-27)

Last Meeting At UNC: Oct. 10, 1998 (UNC won 29-10)

Television: ACC Network – Seen on WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh

Announcers: Tim Brant and Dave Archer with Rachel Baribeau reporting from the sidelines.

Radio Coverage: 93.7 FM – The Fan and the Pitt IMG Sports Network

Announcers: Bill Hillgrove and Pat Bostick with Larry Richert reporting from the sidelines

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 132, XM Channel 194

Internet Audio – Panthers All-Access: www.PittsburghPanthers.com via CSLive

Odds: Pitt +2.5 According to Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at 64.

Weather Channel Online Forecast: Sunny with a high of 45 and zero percent chance of rain.

Coming into the 10th game of the season, sophomore running back James Conner has rushed for 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Erie native is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and 149.1 yards per contest as he chases the NCAA rushing title. He is attempting to lead the nation in rushing, with Tony Dorsett, in 1976, as the only Pitt player to accomplish that feat.

The Blue and Gold defense ranks 20th nationally in fewest yards allowed, surrendering 334.8 yards per game. The Panthers have given up an average of just 176.8 yards through the air and rank second in the Atlantic Coast Confernce and seventh in the country in pass defense.

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Paul Chryst’s crew will be challenged by a North Carolina offense that averages 422.7 yards and 35.4 points per contest. Tar Heels junior quarterback Marquise Williams has completed 193 of 302 passes for 2,221 yards, eight interceptions, and 17 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound signal caller has run the ball 122 times for 506 yards and seven touchdowns.

Williams favorite target has been sophomore wide receiver Mack Hollins who has hauled in seven touchdowns on 28 catches in nine games.

Up Next: The Panthers will host Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Heinz Field. Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.