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PITT vs OLD DOMINION PREVIEW

on October 18, 2013 10:40 AM

OLD DOMINION (4-2) at PITTSBURGH (3-2)

When — 7 p.m. Saturday

Where — Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

TV — Root Sports

Radio — KDKA-FM 93.7, WCCS-AM 1160

Coaches — Old Dominion: Bobby Wilder, fifth season (42-12 Old Dominion, 42-12 overall); Pitt: Paul Chryst, second season (9-9 Pitt, 9-9 overall).

National rank — Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting — This is the first meeting.

Notable — The Panthers take a break from their ACC schedule with their first-ever matchup against the Monarchs. Old Dominion is transitioning into the FBS in 2013 and will be a member of Conference USA in 2014. … Pitt is 10-1 all-time against FCS opponents. ... Last week, Pitt lost to No. 19 Virginia Tech, 19-9. The Monarchs are coming off a bye week, but edged Liberty 21-17 on Oct. 5. ...

Pitt could earn its best start to a season since 2009 with a win over Old Dominion. ... The Monarchs are averaging 45 points per game behind quarterback Taylor Heinicke. He was the Walter Payton Award winner (the equivalent to the Heisman Trophy for FCS teams) after passing for 5,076 yards in 2012. ... The Panthers’ defense has allowed only one touchdown in their past two games. ... Old Dominion is Pitt’s third straight opponent from Virginia.

Next week — Pitt plays at Navy on Oct. 26.

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