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5 Pitt opponents ranked on AP Top 25 preseason poll

September 7, 2018

The Associated Press released its preseason college football Top 25 poll Monday, and it only confirmed what everyone already knew:

Alabama is a good football program.

Pitt has a difficult schedule.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide are ranked atop the poll for the third consecutive season, the first time a school received back-to-back-to-back preseason love since Oklahoma (1985-87). The Sooners actually won the championship in one of those years (1985).

As for Pitt, the Panthers will play five of the teams ranked among the top 21. They are No. 8 Miami, No. 10 Penn State, No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 20 Virginia Tech and No. 21 Central Florida. UCF is one of only two ranked teams outside the Power 5. The other is No. 22 Boise State.

The good news is none of those games are on consecutive weeks, although three of Pitt’s last six games are against Notre Dame (Oct. 13), Virginia Tech (Nov. 10) and Miami (Nov. 24).

Two of the five come to Heinz Field -- Penn State and Virginia Tech.

Aside from Miami and Virginia Tech, the ACC has two others in the top 25, led by No. 2 Clemson. Florida State is No. 19, and N.C. State (22) and Boston College (18) are listed among others receiving votes.

West Virginia, which doesn’t appear on Pitt’s schedule until 2022, is ranked No. 17.

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