The first Big East football matchup is set to get underway as Pittsburgh takes on Cincinnati on Thursday night.
The contest is set to kick off at 8 p.m. ET at Nippert Stadium. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. If you can't get to a TV, you can watch a free live stream of the event at espn3.com.
Pittsburgh is 0-1 this season.
It will be the last time the two teams play each other before Pittsburgh moves to the ACC in 2013. Cincinnati is expected to win, favored by five points, according to Bovada.lv.
Pittsburgh was upset by Youngstown St. 31-17. The Penguins play in the Football Championship Subdivision, and beat a BCS team for this first time in the school's history.
First-year head coach Paul Chryst didn't get off to the best start in Pittsburgh, but is confident in his team.
"It's in our hands to go forward," said Chryst. "I believe this group can go forward and we will go forward."
Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri leads the Panthers. He went 19-of-30 for 239 yards and one touchdown last weekend.
Cincinnati is the only Big East team who has yet to open their season. Munchie Legaux was named the Bearcats starting quarterback in the summer. He started four games in 2011 for the injured Zach Collaros, helping lead Cincinnati to a share of the Big East title at 5-2 in the conference.
The Bearcats won the only meeting between the two last year, squeaking out a 26-23 victory.
Prediction: It's hard to see Pittsburgh beating Cincinnati on the road after losing to an FCS opponent. The Bearcats have a few votes in both Top 25 polls, and should be able to score against the Panthers. Look for Legaux to have a big game and hookup with Kenbrell Thompkins for a few big pass plays.
Predicted Score: Cincinnati 37, Pittsburgh 20
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