Pat Narduzzi is getting his Pittsburgh team ready for Tennessee this week, and the Panthers coach sees a formidable opponent in the Vols.

“Offensively, there’s not a more explosive offense, there’s not a faster tempo offense in the country,” he said.

Narduzzi noted that Tennessee would snap the ball between 7 and 12 seconds after the previous play most of the time.

“So if you guys are up in the box, don’t step away because you’ll miss 3 plays if you turn your head,” he said.

Then he gave the line of the press conference when Narduzzi said, “Hendon Hooker, who we’ve seen for the last 12 years as the quarterback, he’s still there. The old Virginia Tech quarterback, he’s got lots of weapons with speed everywhere on the field.”

Pitt knocked off West Virginia in a game that had a thrilling finish and spirited atmosphere as the Backyard Brawl was renewed. Tennessee is coming off a big win over Ball State.

Pitt won last year’s meeting, 41-34.

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Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.