Seminoles will help welcome Pitt into ACC

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Panthers.

The University of Pittsburgh will make its Atlantic Coast
Conference debut by hosting defending-champion Florida State on
Labor Day at Heinz Field and then close out its regular season with
a home game against Miami.

”Season openers don’t get any bigger than facing the defending
ACC champion, Florida State, on national television,” second-year
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said.

The Panthers will entertain the Seminoles, coming off a win in
the Orange Bowl, on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

It will be the first meeting between the schools since 1983 when
the Panthers defeated Florida State, 17-16, in Pitt Stadium.

The Miami game will be on national television the day after
Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) at Heinz Field.

”To start and end our inaugural ACC season at Heinz Field with
two of the most storied brands in college football is
spectacular,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said in a
statement.

Pitt’s other home games in the conference include Virginia
(Sept. 28) and North Carolina (Nov. 16).

The Panthers’ road ACC games are Duke (Sept. 21), Virginia Tech
(Oct. 12), Georgia Tech (Nov. 2) and Syracuse (Nov. 23).

The non-conference schedule includes a Nov. 9 home date with
Notre Dame, which played in the 2013 BCS national championship
game. The Panthers will also host New Mexico (Sept. 14) and travel
to Navy (Oct. 26).

To accommodate the Florida State opener, Old Dominion replaces
Villanova on the schedule. The Panthers will host ODU on Oct. 19.
Villanova will now play at Boston College.

Pitt will be in the ACC’s Coastal Division along with Duke,
Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia
Tech.

The Atlantic Division includes Boston College, Clemson, Florida
State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Wake
Forest.

Syracuse will serve as the Panthers’ annual primary divisional
crossover opponent.