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Pitt's point of view

Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham has to do a double take when looking at Notre Dame's record.

Graham said during Monday's Big East teleconference that Notre Dame's record doesn't match was he see on film as Panthers (2-1) get ready to play host to the Irish (1-2) this weekend.

"I think they are no doubt the best team we've played to this point and may be as good as we play all year," Graham said. "They look very, very impressive on film. I think the thing that's hurt them is turning the football over. Other than that, I have to go back and look at the schedule to see they've lost two games. They look like a team that should be undefeated."

Graham also said last Saturday's loss to Iowa, in which Pitt wasted a big fourth-quarter lead, and the announcement of the impending move to the ACC will not be a distraction for his team this week.

"Our guys know what we've got them coming in here, and we've got to play our best game," Graham said.

He also said the victory Tulsa notched against Notre Dame last year when he was coaching the Golden Hurricane does not have relevance to this weekend's game.

"Last year was a big win for (Tulsa), but bearing this year, they've got a heck of an offensive (team). They've got a complete football team," Graham said. "This is by far and away the best team we've played to this point."