PITTSBURGH (AP) - There's a clock in the Pittsburgh Panthers weight room that has been counting down to the season opener against No. 11 Florida State for months.
At last, the days until Pitt begins life in the ACC is dwindling toward zero.
The Panthers host the Seminoles on national TV next Monday night in the school's most anticipated opener in decades. Coach Paul Chryst says his team has ``tremendous respect'' for Florida State but won't be overwhelmed by the stage.
Pitt hasn't played a team ranked inside the top 15 to start the year since it hosted No. 5 North Carolina in 1982. Tight end J.P. Holtz says the Panthers feel more settled in Chryst's second season and that the roles are more clearly defined than they were a year ago.

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Baylor vs. Texas Pick Will quarterbacks Seth Russell and Shane Buechele light up the scoreboard so bettors can cash the over in Baylor vs. Texas this Saturday?
Thumbnail Florida vs. Georgia Pick Should bettors expect a defensive struggle between Florida and Georgia when the SEC rivals clash at 3:30PM ET in Jacksonville on Saturday?
Thumbnail West Virginia vs. Ok State Pick Will Saturday in Stillwater be a defensive struggle when Oklahoma State hosts West Virginia at 12:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Miami vs. Notre Dame Pick Two struggling programs meet up this Saturday when Notre Dame hosts Miami at 3:30PM ET. Will the two have an...
Thumbnail Penn State vs. Purdue Pick After a huge upset win last week, is No. 24 Penn Statelooking at a possible letdown performance when it goes on the road to face Purdue...
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages