The Pitt Panthers coaches know the backyard scrimmage is all about excitement

PITTSBURGH — The layers of the Pitt vs. West Virginia rivalry — from the closeness in the contrasting environments surrounding each school to the tough, no-nonsense attitude the entire region hopes to embody — combine to make for a bitter clash on the gridiron. This game is simply different and requires increased focus and energy from its participants.

There are very immediate and concrete concerns for the Panthers as kickoff approaches, but other than that, normal scheme study and technique adjustment is a crash course in what this game is all about. The significance of a clash between the Panthers and Mountaineers might not fully register for a 19-year-old player who was too young to remember the scrimmage at its height, but it does for their older coaches.

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