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…).
I want to clarify something I wrote in a comment the other day after we got torched by OSU through the air and the discussion was about the defensive backfield players and their talent level. I wondered why Narduzzi – who must have know that we pretty much going to suck back there given we were pretty good in all the pass defense categories in 2014 then dropped in his first year here.
|Main Starters at CB & Safety|
|2014||24th – 198.9||43rd – 121.59||Vinopal, Pitts, Briggs and Maddox|
|2015||54th – 214.7||66th – 126.97||Pitts, Maddox, Whitehead, Webb|
|2016||124th – 330.3||91st – 136.30||Lewis, Maddox, Whitehead, Webb|
My point last week was to wonder why Narduzzi – especially given his big reputation for developing defensive backs could 1) possibly overlook see the importance of the position as it stood and 2) get some immediate help back there in the form of a transfer or JUCO player – either a grad transfer who could play right away or an experienced transfer from another school who might have had to sit out 2015 but would be eligible this season.
Narduzzi has used transfer players and JUCOs more than any Pitt HC I can remember, DW did a lot also, and just off the top of my head we currently have seven on the roster now; DE Hendrix, QB Peterman, QB Stocker, QB Schneider, WR Araujo-Lopes, DE Edwards and TE Chris Clark.
But no transfers in at what was a weakness unit last season – especially in giving up the big passing plays. Yes, he did recruit DBs in the last two classes but IMO to rely on true FR to come into a Power Five school schedule and succeed right away is wishful thinking. Case in point we are still seeing the same kids back there as we had last season – and to think Hamlin or Miller were going to waltz in and start really couldn’t be counted on.
A talent like Whitehead – yes, but he’s a special case and head and shoulders above the other young DBs.
Anyway – all that is going to be a moot point after 7:00 pm this evening because we are going to see a 180 degree turnaround in our pass defense this afternoon…right? They are who will lead us to a Big Win… correct?
I hope so!
Let’s hear your thoughts during the game today and remember the eyes of the world are on you (quite literally – you’d be surprised how many international visitors we get everyday).
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