All-Time Series Record: Pittsburgh leads 3-1
Opponent's 2010 Record: 8-5 (5-2 in Big East)
Opponent's Outlook: Pittsburgh had a relatively disappointing 2010 season, a year it was expected to win the Big East with ease and advance to a BCS bowl.
The Panthers return quarterback Tino Sunseri, but lose star running back Dion Lewis. Plus, coach Todd Graham is in his first season with the Panthers. It's hard to predict Pitt's season with a new coach and some new faces, but this will likely be a rebuilding year.
Pittsburgh Will Win If: Iowa will have a somewhat inexperienced secondary, and Sunseri will be the most experienced quarterback the unit has faced so far. The Hawkeyes thrive on preventing the deep ball, but with an inexperienced safety, Sunseri could exploit the secondary for some big plays.
However, Pitt must avoid becoming one-dimensional on offense.
Iowa Will Win If: Iowa will likely be favored in this game as well, but it must be cautious, as it blew a lead to Pittsburgh in 2008.
The rushing game will be the key for the Hawkeyes on both side of the ball. Marcus Coker and the offensive line should be able to wear down the Pitt defense, and the Iowa front seven must shut down Pitt's running game and force Sunseri to be one-dimensional.