Pitt to play Navy in Military Bowl


The Pittsburgh Panthers will take on the Navy Midshipmen in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28.

The Pittsburgh Panthers are going bowling once again.

Sunday marked not only the selection of the College Football Playoff, but the selections of all bowl games this postseason. The 8-4 Panthers will take on a 9-2 Navy team that was ranked as high as 21st this season. The Panthers have not missed the postseason since 2007.

The game will be a de-facto home game for the Midshipmen—as it will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland on Dec. 28.

Pitt and Navy have met 39 times in their history. Pitt owns the series with a 22-14-3 record with the first game being played back in 1912. Navy won the last two meetings between the two schools back in 2013 by way of a 24-21 thriller.

Navy has had arguably the best team they have had in Annapolis during the modern era. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds has emerged as a heisman candidate, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and throwing for just shy of 1,000 yards on the season. The two games that the Midshipmen have lost this season have come against No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 18 Houston.

The Bowl Selection committee didn’t do Pitt any favors by slating them for a road game against Navy. Navy has been a top-notch team offensively all season, particularly at home. The Midshipmen have not lost a game at home, as both of their losses have come on the road.

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This is another hurdle for Pat Narduzzi & Co. in their pursuit of their best finish since moving to the ACC in 2013.