Backyard Brawl – Pittsburgh v. West Virginia
This is one of those games that you pretty much have to see
sooner or later if you're a Panthers or Mountaineers fan, as this is a rivalry that runs old and deep, making it absolutely
must-see football each and every time out. Whether you see the game in Pittsburgh or West Virginia, you're sure to see passionate
fans from both sides, making this a unique game that is loaded with an atmosphere that simply cannot be duplicated just because
you have a nice flatscreen. Once you're there watching your favorite team in the middle of a nail-biter like the Backyard
Brawl, you'll definitely be glad that you're not anywhere else.
And that's because, when the Backyard Brawl gets underway,
there is no other place to be other than the stands, as the electricity of the crowd is sure to be incredible as Pittsburgh
takes on West Virginia in an amazing battle between two powerhouses. Come out and see all of the highlight-reel runs, eye-popping
catches and big hits that have become the norm for this rivalry over the years. With two talented programs and plenty of playmakers
on both sides of the ball, it pretty much just doesn't get any better than this.
Backyard Brawl Teams
who knows anything about college football knows that the West Virginia Mountaineers have one of the top programs around the
nation from year to the next, filled with rosters that have explosive playmakers that can change the dynamic of a big game
in a real hurry. The Mountaineers have put many of their best players into the NFL, and watching them play is akin to watching
many of the stars of both today and tomorrow.
And that's also what you'll be getting with their rival, the Pittsburgh
Panthers. Though they're also known for their basketball prowess, they've had plenty of success on the gridiron as well. The
Panthers have nine claimed national titles and some of the greatest players ever, with Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Chris Doleman
and Rickey Jackson representing just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to some of the top players that have come through
campus. Put these two powerhouse programs together on the football year after year and no one is surprised to find fireworks
as the result.
Backyard Brawl Experience
Imagine that the game is on the line and your favorite team is
digging in looking to pull down a big win. Sure, you could see a glimpse of the big game from your living room, but it's a
different experience altogether to actually be there to see all of the action unfold. With a field filled with talented playmakers,
you'll be treated to a top-tier sporting event that will be unlike anything else, so don't wait too long to start making your
plans to join in the excitement in another hard-hitting season of action.
Backyard Brawl History
Brawl is one of the oldest rivalry games in all of NCAA football, as the very first Backyard Brawl game was held in 1895,
giving fans some major thrills in more than a century of top-tier college football. Though things are quite a bit different
from the early days, the intensity remains the same, and fans of both schools routinely pour into the stadium to see a great
matchup. There's no surprise that there are lots of twists and turns in many of these games, and these two teams have gone
back and forth for generations at this point, making this into one of the premier rivalries in all of college athletics.
Backyard Brawl Trivia
Did you know that Dan Marino doesn't even have the most Pro Bowls for Pittsburgh alumni?
Marino torched many of the record books at the time after he came out of the Pittsburgh program in the mid-1980s, his nine
NFL Pro Bowls has been tied or surpassed by two other players who dominated for the Panthers before taking their game to the
next level. While Ruben Brown was a stalwart on the line for the Bills and the Bears, earning nine Pro Bowls, it was Joe Schmidt
who holds the Panthers record with 10. As a linebacker for the Lions, Schmidt was one of the greatest players at his position
for much of the 1950s and 1960s, cementing him as one of the top players to ever come out of Pittsburgh.
The location of the Backyard Brawl alternates between the home fields of West Virginia and Pittsburgh, giving
you two amazing venues that are always packed with great fans that know how to come out and show their support. For West Virginia,
Mountaineer Field is their home field and Pittsburgh plays at Heinz Field, which is one of the most famous football venues
around thanks to being the field of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. No matter the location, however, you're sure to find an
amazing atmosphere that is filled with passion and energy whenever the Panthers take on the Mountaineers.