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Eat Sh-- Pitt

Pittsburgh quarterback Kedon Slovis saying 'F--- West Virginia' is definitely going to end well

As nice as it was to have college football back for Week 0, the games themselves left a wee bit to be desired. That will not be the case for Week 1, which features an absolute SLATE, starting with a pair of co-main events on Thursday night in West Virginia-Pittsburgh and Penn State-Purdue. 

WVU-Pitt, also known as The Backyard Brawl, holds particular significance as it marks the first time the Mountaineers and the Panthers will meet on the football field in 11 years. What was once one of the sport's preeminent rivalries, it became one of the many casualties of conference realignment, with both teams leaving the Big East Conference in 2012 (WVU for the Big 12 and Pitt for the ACC). That year was the first time The Backyard Brawl was not played since 1943. 

Fortunately, in 2015, both schools agreed they'd meet again four times starting in 2022, and they recently agreed they'll meet four mour times beginning in 2029. West Virginia fans' chants of "Eat Sh-- Pitt" will now be applicable once more, especially after new Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis, a USC transfer, fired the first shot at a pep rally on Tuesday night. Oh baby:

On one hand, this is a brilliant move from Slovis, a West Coast kid who has now instantly ingrained himself to the Pitt fanbase. It's also just a fun way to stir up some extra spice, which is what college football is literally all about. Slovis now has a gigantic target on his back on opening night in one of the sport's best rivalries that we haven't seen in over a decade.

On the other hand, does stuff like this ever end well? The 'Neers were already the hungry underdog (+7.5 for those interested), and after seeing this we'd imagine they just got a whole lot hungrier. All the pressure is now on Slovis and Pitt, who are ranked No. 17 in the pre-season polls and have already garnered plenty of attention as a potential College Football Playoff sleeper pick. Starting 0-1, however, would crush those dreams rather quickly.