Panthers looking to keep bowl hopes alive against Orange

Pittsburgh will try to keep its fading bowl hopes alive on Saturday when the Panthers host Syracuse.

Pitt needs to beat the Orange and win again next week at Miami to make it to a bowl game for the sixth straight year. The Panthers (4-6, 2-4 ACC) have lost six of seven since a 3-0 start, including four losses by five points or less.

Senior offensive lineman Matt Rotheram says it's important for Pitt to extend its season by winning out.

The Orange (3-7, 1-5) have dropped seven of eight and will experiment at quarterback, with AJ Long and Mitch Kimble both likely to see playing time.

The last two meetings have been decided by a single point, with the Panthers winning 17-16 in Syracuse last year.