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Panthers return to national rankings

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Pitt returned to the national rankings today, moving to No. 24 in the Associated Press poll following its ESPN-nationally televised 26-21 victory over then-No. 10 South Florida Thursday night in Tampa.

The Panthers (4-1, 2-0 Big East) started the season ranked 25th in pre-season polls before losing to Bowling Green in the opener, but have won four consecutive games by knocking off Buffalo, Iowa, Syracuse and USF. The victory over USF was Pitt’s third consecutive against a ranked opponent, dating to 2007 wins over Cincinnati and West Virginia.

USF (5-1) dropped to No. 19 in the AP poll. Connecticut, which was ranked 24th, dropped out of the rankings after a 38-12 loss to North Carolina Saturday.

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