OK – the time has come, the die will be cast and on Saturday afternoon we’ll have a little bit better idea of what we have in the 2016 version of the Pitt Panthers football team.
Will we look like a team with equal strengths across the board? Or will we be shaking our heads at 4:30 and wondering how we are going to shore up our glaring weaknesses?
I’ll go first with a prediction then you guys follow suit. If you have the time explain whos, whats and whys you factored in to come to your final score conclusion. Also- put down what you think will be the final score as there will be prizes throughout the season.
Offense: Conner’s return will be great but we won’t see him for the whole game. But we will get a chance to see Chawntez Moss , Hall and the slimmed-down Ollison running the ball. I think we start out with running the first two series then start blending in the passes.
We’ll take some downfield shots early on to Mathews and Weah to get then accustomed to the feel of pigskin slapping into their hands… then it will be off to the races.
Defense: ‘Nova is going to run straight at our interior DL and have some success. We’ll see DLs Camp and Watts play a lot in the 2nd half as a rehearsal for later on in the season when one of them becomes a starter. We get over three sacks with a true FR getting one of them
They will also throw some short passes and get long gains on those completions with YAC. Our LBs will be sluggish out there at first then tighten up in the 2nd half. They’ll hit two deep throws though.
Production: Peterman throws for 200+ yards then Stocker comes in and passes for around 100 yards. Stocker also has a nice 20+ yard run.
Conner starts and gets sat down after he scores one TD. Ollison will be the leading rusher. Weah is leading yardage receiver based on the deep ball, but Ford has the most catches. Orndoff scores a passing TD.
I don’t think we see DiNucci on Saturday although I’d like to be able to gauge what he does in an actual game.
We get three turnovers and give up an INT (Stocker).
Overall: It will be a close game through the 1st half… maybe 10-3 or 14-7 Pitt and the fans get restless. Then we start moving away with some quick scores in the beginning or the 3rd quarter for a 14 point win. After the game fans will talk about Conner’s return and be surprised that Stocker can actually throw the ball.
Notes: here is a bit of info I forgot to put in yesterday’s article about Villanova… it is their NCAA stats page and rankings from 2015.
You can see that their offense was pretty good against the competition they faced. A team 175 pass efficiency rating us truly excellent. Their QB, S
R John Robertson was the #1 passer in the FCS division and had great stats with 197/301 (65%) for 2846 yards, 35 TDs to 3 INTs and a passer rating of 181.25. 35 TDs guys… hope our DBs are ready, he can throw a nice deep pass. Oh, and this is somewhat scary:
The SOB graduated on me last season… we’ll face a different not nearly so good QB.
From the Pitt media dept.
On a separate note and for some fun: I’ve been requested to present a lecture on my Coast Guard career at the county library (#1 library in the USA in 2014!!). It will be on Nov 10th and I’ll make it interesting and fun… about 60-90 minutes. Drinks on me afterward… or before…
Semper Paratus: Adventure and History in the Tales of the U.S. Coast Guard
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Branch: Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Discover the missions, history, and achievements of the U. S. Coast Guard as Lieutenant Commander Reed Kohberger, USCG, Ret., imparts his knowledge and experiences from his 33 years of active duty service. Discussion includes his years at sea and his work in Search and Rescue, Emergency Response Policy, and Marine Safety Inspections.
Lieutenant Commander Reed Kohberger retired from the US Coast Guard in 2011 after 33 years of active duty. He was a “Mustang” advancing through the enlisted ranks to Chief Petty Officer, where he was the Operations Center Supervisor at numerous commands. He then advanced through the Warrant Officer ranks to Warrant Officer 4. The Coast Guard awarded him a meritorious promotion to Lieutenant. He was assigned into the Marine Safety field and became a Senior Marine Inspector. LCDR Kohberger retired out of Coast Guard HQ where he had been a Regulations Development Manager and the Coast Guard’s formal Nation State to Nation State Liaison Officer to the Makah, Quileute and Klallam Native Peoples tribes in the Puget Sound area.
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