Pitt’s men’s football team rise to fifth in national rankings


Pitt’s men’s soccer team had its ups and downs early in the season, but in their last two games, the Panthers have dominated respected teams. And as a result, Pitt gained 10 places in the United Soccer Coaches poll on Tuesday, dropping from No.15 to No.5.

In this week’s national ranking, Pitt is one of two ACC teams in the top five, joining No.2 Clemson. The team is also ahead in the standings by rival West Virginia, which comes in at No. 4, and the top five are completed by Georgetown and Washington at No. 1 and 3. The only other ACC teams ranked are Duke, at No. ° 12; North Carolina, at # 16; and Virginia Tech, at # 17. However, Louisville, Syracuse and Wake Forest also receive votes.

Pitt’s rise in rank followed a 1-0 victory over a voted Penn State team on Monday as well as a 4-0 rout of the old number. 4 North Carolina last Thursday, and those wins seem to have sent the message that the team has stabilized after previous losses to West Virginia and Akron, both by a 2-1 score. It also appears that Pitt did not lose the respect of voters during his losses, as West Virginia and Akron climbed the rankings after beating Pitt, and North Carolina and Penn State failed to see major status changes.

The Panthers have a tough road ahead as they have ACC road clashes with Wake Forest and No.2 Clemson over the next two weeks. Jay Vidovich has yet to beat his former team, as Wake Forest has gone 2-0 to Pitt during his tenure, and Pitt has gone winless against Clemson in their last three clashes, with Pitt’s last win in the series. in 2018. So how Pitt closes September could go a long way in determining the team’s overall success in the 2021 season.

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