AP No. 4
Offensive coordinator Joe Moore (1st year)
|Coaches No. 2|
1981 record 11–1
|Head coach Jackie Sherrill (5th year)|
The 1981 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. Despite having one loss, the Panthers were selected as national champions by the National Championship Foundation and Montgomery Full Season Championship, although a national championship is not claimed by the school for this year nor are they popularly recognized that season's national champions.