Technically, either Pittsburgh or Virginia will be atop the ACC Coastal standings after Saturday night, as the Panthers host the Cavaliers in a Week 1 intra-conference matchup.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on the new ACC Network. If you don’t have cable or don’t have that channel, you can watch the game live on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PS4 or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand library of TV shows and movies, Hulu With Live TV comes with 60-plus live TV channels, including the ACC Network. If you want to keep the ACC Network for the long-term, this is the cheapest streaming service that includes it.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch Virginia vs Pittsburgh live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app. You can also watch on ESPN.com or the ESPN app by signing in with your Hulu with Live TV credentials.
If you can’t watch the game live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
YouTube TV comes with 70-plus live TV channels, including the ACC Network.
You can sign up for YouTube TV right here, and you can then watch Virginia vs Pittsburgh live on your computer via the YouTube website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or other compatible streaming device via the YouTube app. You can also watch on ESPN.com or the ESPN app by signing in with your YouTube TV credentials.
If you can’t watch live, YouTube TV comes with included DVR.
PS Vue — which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch — offers four different live-TV channel packages, with the upper three bundles including the ACC Network.
You can sign up for PS Vue right here, and you can then watch Virginia vs Pittsburgh live on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PS Vue comes with cloud DVR.
Virginia vs Pittsburgh Preview
Bronco Mendenhall has Virginia on a steady climb, winning two games in 2016, six in 2017 and then finishing with an 8-4 record a year ago. The Cavaliers qualified for the Belk Bowl and beat South Carolina 28-0.
Virginia climbed in to the AP Poll for one week last season, getting to No. 23. However, it was a loss to Pittsburgh that 23-13 loss to Pittsburgh that knocked them out of the rankings for good in 2018.
The preseason media poll has Virginia pegged to win the ACC’s historically volatile Costal division — a testament to the growth under Mendenhall. Last season, Virginia was picked to finish dead last.
“We have as good a chance as anyone on our side of the division to win this league,” Mendenhall told the Washington Post. “I don’t think that’s a stretch to say that. We have a returning quarterback. We have a strong defense. We have a culture of excellence. We have confidence. We have an expectation that that’s what we’re capable of. Now doing it is the next part.”
Virginia is looking to replace both running back Jordan Ellis and wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus who were key contributors a year ago.
Pittsburgh won the Costal Division last season but were then fodder for Clemson in the ACC title game, falling 42-10. The Panthers became the sixth different team in as many years to complete the feat of winning the division.
Pittsburgh still qualified for a bowl games, but narrowly fell to Stanford in the Sun Bowl 14-13. However, head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t worried about what happened in the past.
“Doesn’t matter what happened a year ago,” he said. “They’re the preseason favorites. I don’t know if that’s media. I don’t even know who votes on all that stuff. But there’s a reason they’re there. There’s a reason we’re picked fourth. So our guys got to step up.”
The Panthers have never lost an opener under Narduzzi, going 4-0. However, all those wins came against lower-level opponents. For Virginia, the last time they bested an FBS team in an opener came was 2013 (BYU).
“We don’t have time to start slow,” Virginia QB Bryce Perkins said. “We’ve got to start fast because this game’s going to kind of set the pace for the rest of the season. … We don’t have time to kind of meander into it.”
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