Some might argue with the inclusion of the Pitt Panthers as a blue blood on this list. But if you’re looking at many of the metrics that college football fans would judge the merits of a blue blood program, Pitt checks a lot of the boxes. Pitt has five National Championships, 54 Consensus All-Americans (good for top 10 all-time), and 749 wins (top 20 all-time).
And that is why Pitt is worth including on this list since the program has a lot of storied history behind its name.
But Texas is definitely one of the blue bloods that Pitt struggled against throughout its program history. Pitt has faced the Longhorns on three occasions, none of which fell their way in the end.
The last time that Texas and Pitt faced each other on the gridiron was back during the 1995 season. That game in 1995 went in favor of former head coach John Mackovic and the Longhorns by the final score of 38-27. The 1995 win for Texas over Pitt came by a more sizable margin than the season prior when they won by a narrow two-point margin.
Moreover, the first time that the Longhorns faced each other on the gridiron came during the 1987 season. While that Pitt team was arguably better than the Longhorns, the men in burnt orange came out on top in the end in the Bluebonnet Bowl by the final score of 32-27.
Texas and Pitt were both respectable programs throughout the 1980s and 1990s. But that wasn’t the peak for either program. It will be interesting to see if the Longhorns and Panthers meet on the gridiron in the near future with both programs at the top of the college football world.
Pitt had a solid run last season with Kenny Pickett and Jordan Addison leading them to a division title in the ACC and a Peach Bowl berth against the Michigan State Spartans.