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Does Pitt Really Have The Toughest Non-Conference Schedule In The Big East?

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We’ve all heard the talk about Pitt’s out of conference schedule being the most difficult in the Big East. With road games at Utah and Notre Dame and a home date vs. Miami, it’s easy to make a compelling argument for the schedule of the Panthers as being the most difficult. A look at the schedule of all of the Big East teams, however, shows that it’s not so cut and dried.

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With road games at Florida and at Miami, South Florida’s schedule is no picnic, either. Sure, they’ve got contests with Stony Brook, FAU, and the stunningly awful Western Kentucky (who went 0-12 in 2009). But Pitt gets some breathers as well with FIU and I-AA foe New Hampshire.

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Overall, I give the slight edge to the Panthers for a few reasons. They open on the road at Utah, a ten-win team last year and a likely top 25 team to kick off the season, while South Florida opens with that Stony Brook game. Pitt also has a third quality opponent in Notre Dame and it’s a road contest.

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Still, South Florida’s non-conference slate is not to be overlooked.

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