PITTSBURGH (AP) - There's a clock in the Pittsburgh Panthers weight room that has been counting down to the season opener against No. 11 Florida State for months.
At last, the days until Pitt begins life in the ACC is dwindling toward zero.
The Panthers host the Seminoles on national TV next Monday night in the school's most anticipated opener in decades. Coach Paul Chryst says his team has ``tremendous respect'' for Florida State but won't be overwhelmed by the stage.
Pitt hasn't played a team ranked inside the top 15 to start the year since it hosted No. 5 North Carolina in 1982. Tight end J.P. Holtz says the Panthers feel more settled in Chryst's second season and that the roles are more clearly defined than they were a year ago.