Penguins Will Open 2017 Football Slate Against Pittsburgh

Alvin Bailey
Alvin Bailey

The Youngstown State football team will visit Pittsburgh to open the 2017 season on Sept. 2. It will mark the Penguins' fifth visit to Heinz Field to take on the Panthers.

Both YSU and Pittsburgh are coming off highly-successful campaigns. The Penguins won 12 games and reached the Division I National Championship Game for the first time since 1999. Pittsburgh posted an 8-5 record and was the lone team to defeat College Football Playoff winner Clemson, 43-42 in Death Valley, during the year.

Pittsburgh won the first two meetings between the program's handily before YSU defeated the Panthers 31-17 in 2012. The last contest between the team's in 2015 marked the school coaching debuts of Bo Pelini and Pat Narduzzi. Pitt won a high-scoring affair 45-37 on Sept. 5, 2015, at Heinz Field.

The reminder of YSU's 2017 schedule will be announced in the near future.