No. 17 Pitt-West Virginia live stream (9/1): How to watch ‘The Backyard Brawl’ online, TV, time

No. 17 Pitt battles West Virginia in “The Backyard Brawl” to open the season for both teams on Thursday, Sept. 1. The game will be live streamed on DirecTV Stream (free trial) and fuboTV (live stream).

Pat Narduzzi enters his eighth season coaching the Panthers, but it begins with an indoctrination into a blood feud between two schools separated by 75 miles of foothills and 127 years of animosity.

“There’s a lot of hatred on their end, but going to be a lot of hate on our end,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “That’s what it comes down to in rivalry games.”

The two teams haven’t met since 2011, with the series derailed by the ever-shifting tectonic plates of major college football. West Virginia bailed on the now-defunct Big East the following year for the Big 12. Pitt followed suit a year later to join the ACC.

Southern California transfer Kedon Slovis beat out Nick Patti during training camp for the right to take over for Kenny Pickett, a Heisman Trophy finalist a season ago.

Three years and two schools later, JT Daniels will start for West Virginia following two seasons at Georgia.

When is Pitt-West Virginia?

No. 17 Pitt plays West Virginia at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) Thursday, Sept. 1.

Live stream options

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream offers a free trial.

There are four options of DirecTV Stream:

The Entertainment Package, which consists of 65+ channels, is $54.99 until the promotion runs out April 30. It’s the basic package for can’t-miss entertainment – including ESPN, TNT, Nickelodeon and HGTV.

The Choice Package has more than 90 channels and is $74.99 during the promotion. The channels in ENTERTAINMENT, plus MLB Network, NBA TV, college sports networks, and more. Enjoy Regional Sports Networks with no additional fees.

The Ultimate Package has more than 130 channels and is $89.99 during the promotion. Everything in CHOICE, plus Oxygen, Golf Channel, NHL Network, Universal Kids and more.

The Premier Package has more than 140 channels and is $134.99 during the promotion. Everything in ULTIMATE, plus HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax and more.

DirecTV Stream offers a free trial that doesn’t require much effort.

To sign up, enter a phone number, email address and credit card, and you’ll receive five days of the service without charge.

In addition, enhance your experience with the DirecTV Stream device. While it doesn’t include a free trial, it give you access to thousands of apps like Netflix and more on Google Play. You can search using the voice remote with Google Assistant, and you can enjoy a traditional live TV channel guide. It is sold separately.


The game will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. The most basic of plans is the “fubo standard” package, which comprises 121-plus channels for $69.99 per month. Like all cord-cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports. It comes with more than 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR, and up to 10 screens at once.

Will it be televised?

Pitt-West Virginia will be televised on ESPN.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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