The Backyard Brawl ranks among the greatest rivals in college football. Pitt vs West Virginia was first played way back in 1895, which the Mountaineers won by a score of 8-0. Since that original game these two neighboring Division I teams have played over 100 games against each other. The games have alternated between Mountaineer Field in Morgantown and Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh, but the intensity of the crowd is strong in both place. There is a rich history in this game between Pitt and WVU and football fans throughout the region have rooting interest in this game. Those fans will show up in force to see the Panthers take on the Mountaineers in what is sure to be among the best college football games of 2022.
The Pittsburgh Panthers can claim a few big rivals in football including Penn State, Rutgers and certainly the Mountaineers from WVU. For West Virginia, they play some big games against Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia Tech but the Backyard Brawl is a far bigger rivalry game for them. To see a full list of the greatest NCAA football match-ups, check out our top college football rivalries page.