Greetings from Pittsburgh!

It’s an overcast and mildly chilly day here in the Steel City. It rained a lot Friday and the wind is blowing the flags on the river side of Heinz Field. We’ll see if that plays a factor today …

Let’s first give you the rundown on where you’ll find live updates today from Heinz Field when USF faces No. 20 Pittsburgh at noon:

– Follow live here on the blog for frequent play-by-play: I’ll be re-updating the same post throughout the game titled “Live Blog,” so just refresh the page to get more updates. You’ll also know when a new blog post is up because I’ll link it to the Tweet feed.

– Follow live on our Twitter page for up-t0-minute updates

– Not a Tweeter? No worries. Our Twitter feeds right onto our front page: usforacle.com. Just refresh the page.

Links:

Want to give you all some background to this matchup, which pits (no pun intended) No. 20 Pittsburgh (6-1, 3-0) and USF (5-1, 1-1).

The main thing to look at are those last two comma splices — the Big East record. If Pitt takes care of USF, it almost seemingly eliminates the Bulls’ chance at a Big East title this year. That would put Pitt top of the league at 4-0 and USF possibly in second- to-last place in the conference.

A win for the Bulls, however, could put them just a game out if Cincinnati were to surprisingly lose at Louisville. But I’m thinking that won’t happen.

More in depth:

-Phil Neary runs down that entire situation in his preview for the Oracle this week. There’s also some matchups to watch here.

– St. Petersburg Times writer Greg Auman features/advances with Nate Allen, who will be making his last trip to Heinz Field today, and Joey Johnston of the Tribune ponders the strength of the Big East.

– ESPN writer Brian Bennett does some pondering of his own on today’s game here.

– Tom Zebold of the Lakeland Ledger writes about Pitt RB Dion Lewis, who poses a big threat for the Bulls’ defense today.

It’s about an hour til first kick. I’ll be Tweeting some until then and will be on close to the beginning of the game.

-Kerry Klecic

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