Miami and Pitt square off in the final game of the regular season for both teams on Friday, November 24, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Miami-Pitt game time, details
Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Weather: Sunny, high of 50 degrees
Miami-Pitt football TV channel
Miami-Pitt can be watched on ABC.
Miami-Pitt football live stream
Miami-Pitt can be watched online at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Miami-Pitt on the radio?
Miami-Pitt can be heard on the Miami Hurricanes Sports Network, WQAM 560.
Miami-Pitt preview, keys to the game
Miami has known for several weeks that it will face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte next Saturday. The Hurricanes’ primary focus on Friday, though, is completing an undefeated regular season – their first since 2002 – and setting up a potential playoff elimination game against the Tigers in a week’s time.
Standing in the Hurricanes’ way, though, is Pitt. The Panthers will miss out on a bowl for the first time in a decade thanks to an inconsistent level of performance throughout this entire season. On Senior Day, however, their aim is to play spoiler and send the Hurricanes to a damaging loss to knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of the College Football Playoff race altogether.
The Hurricanes’ performance last Saturday against Virginia was unconvincing for a while as the Cavaliers held a 28-14 lead in the third quarter. But Miami used 30 straight points to turn the tables and escape with a 44-28 victory in its home finale at Hard Rock Stadium. That led Mark Richt to warn his team that lackadaisical play would be their downfall if it was not able to clean up its mistakes.
“We better tighten up the screws or we’re going to be in trouble,” Richt said on his weekly radio show on WQAM in Miami. “Every little detail matters. That’s where we gotta tighten up the screws on offense, defense and special teams. I mean, we made enough mistakes in all three phases to get beat.”
Against the Cavaliers, Malik Rosier did throw 3 touchdowns while running for another, but he also threw 3 interceptions. The defense allowed Kurt Benkert to throw for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns against just 1 interception. In Miami’s defense, it did hold Virginia to just 55 yards on 28 carries.
Pitt is looking to shake off an emotional loss against Virginia Tech during which it had 1st-and-goal at the Hokies 1-yard line with just seconds to go, but it was unable to punch in the tying touchdown as Virginia Tech rallied for a huge goal line stand to hang on for a 20-14 win. Kenny Pickett saw the bulk of the action at quarterback for the Panthers, throwing for 242 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception on 15-of-23 passing.
A couple of positives will be on the mind of the Panthers on Friday. They were able to handle Josh Jackson well despite the loss – Jackson was just 17-of-37 for 218 yards, throwing a touchdown and an interception. Pitt will look to replicate that as it faces Rosier, and if it does, it may be able to end the season with one of the bigger upsets in college football this year.