The University of Tennessee announced on Wednesday that they will play the Pitt Panthers in a home-and-home series in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The Vols will host the Panthers at Neyland Stadium in 2021 before traveling to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
According to the release, the second of the two games will mark the Vols’ first ever game in the state of Pennsylvania, which will be the 26th state to host Tennessee. The two teams are tied together by Hall of Fame coach Johnny Majors, whose 1976 National Title with the Panthers ultimately led to his getting the Volunteers job in 1977. Majors coached Tennessee in both of their two previous matchups with Pitt (’80, ’83), losing both. He spent 20 years with the Volunteers before returning to Pittsburgh in 1997.
While the games won’t start for another six seasons, both promise to help the Volunteers’ non-conference strength of schedule if the Panthers sustain the success they’ve had in recent years.