POV Predictions & Know The Enemy

POV Predictions & Know The Enemy

(Game Notes – don’t leave home without them)

Marshall – just the name strikes fear into opposing football teams!

Not really, I just wanted a dramatic opening.  But Marshall isn’t a program to be taken lightly no matter what their current record is – which stands at 1-2 with big scoring losses to Akron (65-38) and then Louisville (59-28) both at home.  Their singular win is against Morgan State also at home.

So Pitt will be their first away game of the season.  In normal times we’d think that an opposing team would face a lot of screaming Pitt fans in Heinz Field but I wonder about that for this weekend.  Pitt is also coming off two high scoring losses and there may not be all that many butts in the seats – especially given that the game starts at 7:30 pm.

Marshall’s Thundering Herd resides in Conference USA and while many Pitt fans may look down their noses at this it is my firm belief that Marshall shouldn’t be taken lightly.  As a matter of fact while most of us looked at the beginning part of the schedule and saw three ‘big games’ I have been writing that there are four – because Marshall always seem to annually upset a team that didn’t take them seriously enough.

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POV Bits & Pieces; Sept 27th

POV Bits & Pieces; Sept 27th

We’ll start off with Narduzzi’s presser yesterday – more calm, cool and collected on his part.

That’s a good press conference and when he stands up there and talks about actual football stuff he’s very informative and engaging. Here is the full text of the presser as provided by Pitt.

It is interesting how he, at the 9:05 mark, he discussed that killer 17 play (!) drive NC had to come back for the win. 

“Not in particular. When you look at that 17-play drive at the end of the game—we always chart plays and mark each as a win or a loss—12 of those 17 plays were wins for us. They were really good. It only takes five of the 17 to be really bad. We have to find a way to make a play. We have to find a way to knock an arm off us when we’re rushing the passer. We just need to find a way to make a play.

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POV’s Monday Morning QB: NC Loss

POV’s Monday Morning QB: NC Loss

Well, what can we say that hadn’t already been said about this last game?  The POV Podcast article made my thoughts pretty clearly known – but I do want to emphasis one thing.  I do not think Pat Narduzzi has lost the kids, lost the season nor should he be fired as I have read elsewhere from upset fans.

I have always known that Pitt fans knee-jerk week to week if a game is a win or a loss, but even I’m surprised at the level of disappointment and even hatred directed at him by Pitt fans on the internet.

Granted most Pitt fans don’t feel this way but a whole lot do and while I am as level-headed when it comes to Pitt football as I can be, at least as I try to be, it is a bit shocking that to me that after only four games some fans are throwing in the towel on the season.

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Sunday Podcast: NC loss

Sunday Podcast: NC loss

I’ll start off with the bad stuff and try to lighten it up toward then end of the article.  First off here is the Press Conference immediately after the game.  Honestly, it saddens me from start to finish.  Here is some of what I wrote in yesterday’s comments section:

Here listen to Narduzzi’s post-game press conference.  Not his most sterling moment…

After expressing his love for the team he starts off listing the plays that weren’t executed correctly and points his fingers at the players, again – this is his MO after a loss folks.

Jerry DiPaola actually does start off the questions part with a direct question “This is three weeks now, what are you going to do about the pass defense?” Narduzzi says – literally – “You can’t do anything about it” then quickly whips out the “We only gave up 18 yards rushing” and moves on…

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Game Thread: Panthers vs Tarheels

Game Thread: Panthers vs Tarheels

All righty then.  At the time of this writing; 11:45 am, we have had 52 total predictions on the game and Pitt is the favorite in 31 of them leaving UNC with 21 of us thinking they will take the game.

That sounds about right given how badly we Pitt fans want to come out of Chapel Hill with a win.

As I wrote yesterday my head says NC will take the game but I’m going with my heart today.  I did the opposite in picking PSU by my figuring and Pitt took that match.  But today my heart will win out (sounds like a country western song…).

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POV Prediction Thread: Pitt vs NC

POV Prediction Thread: Pitt vs NC

These are the fun articles to write because we Pitt fans get clear answers to our questions and prediction choices in a bit more than 24 hours.

This, to me, if the real “Big Game” on the schedule and that’s not taking anything away from our PSU win.  That still makes me smile thinking about it.  But the stated goal of every season we are in the ACC is to first win the ACC Coastal division and then the ACC conference championship.

That is why we play these conference games and starting off with a team that is possibly the best, or second best, team in the conference this early in the season is a real test as to where we are as a football team so far this 2016 season.

We have two wins against one loss and that’s fine… but I still have a hard time trying to determine just how good we really are given that we have played three different quality level schools.  The 28-7 Villanova win was expected and they really aren’t at our level of program.

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