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…).

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.

Year Passing Yards

Allowed

Passing Efficiency

Defense

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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HTP!!

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950 thoughts on “Game Thread: Panthers vs Tarheels

  1. And I have been right so far. We beat a bad PSU team and a FCS Nova Team.

    Peterman isn’t allowed to throw except shovel passes.

    Play Ollison and pass to a TE. We will run BS Sweeps like it is JV

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  2. UPitt, you have been telling us for 4 years what a great player and great choice Foster made going to Bama, and what a thug and poor player Boyd is.

    Foster has 19 career catches and Boyd has 8 in two games in the NFL.

    Some Pitt Fan you are.

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  3. I still believe Foster is way better than Boyd. Because one is a slot wr in the NFL who catches 5 yard outs and cant stretch a field. Foster is in college. So you think Boyd would be doing any better at Bama?

    Peterman is average. Obviouksy the OC thinks less of him than I do. He won’t even let his QB throw the ball. Zero trust.

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  4. “So you think Boyd would be doing any better at Bama?”

    Yes, and who cares, I am sure TB doesn’t right now.

    Upitt, feeling any weaker in your propping up of UNC while UGA is getting smoked by Ole Miss?
    Does UNC have a win to be proud of? or that Pitt should be scared because of?

    There has got to be some medication to help a Pitt fan like you….or for the rest of us to deal with you. LOL!

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  5. Zero trust in WR’S not the QB. Coach Duzz knows what he has in Peterman not so much in the wide-outs a work in progress. Think Tipton has a big game

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  6. Boyd caught more passes than either AJ Green or Antonio Brown last week, two of the very best in the game. Thirteen yards per catch. Not bad for a rookie. Hines Ward couldn’t stretch the field either.

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  7. I am here tailgating with Dr. Tom in Chapel Hill North Carolina… We are talking about you UPitt … I like Michigan State, Notre Dame and Arizona State -California over… Thank you blog for uniting me and Dr. Tom

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  8. Potato Paul smoking Michigan State.

    Potato Sack with actually support and coordinators and no mustard on his Rocky Balboa Gray Sweatshirt is pretty good.

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  9. Line up to 7.5 and 8 in Vegas. Keep in mind $$poured in on Pitt last week and I think the bettors are just as wrong here.

    Must win for Pitt if we are going to do anything this year!

    A NC Blowout would set us back badly!

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  10. Chubbs is a sloppy mess. Say what you want but appearence matters. At least enforces disclipkine or lack of it.

    Emel – Another shooting. Fucking crazy.

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  11. Chryst looks like a genius now, don’t think he is missing House at all.

    Narduzzi’s old D looking like crap. All those great D Backs aren’t helping when you get blown back off the line.

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  12. I live near Athens Ga, Chaney is really getting a lot of heat and was up to his old tricks of shitty play calling and playing QB derby.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t last the season. UGa fans are really delusional and have no tolerance.

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  13. Thanks Dan72!

    Jags need a Win.

    I thought Baltimore was blah and due to lose. I was in Florida yeaterday. It is hot. Jags have talent.

    Heat might have an effect on our conditioning tonight.

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  14. For all of you said PC sucked as a coach, told ya so, lol. He is a great offensive coach and now has a real DC.

    Nice guy, but a total prick for leaving Pitt. No better a person than Fraud Graham.
    You just like him because he had open practices…;)

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  15. Paulie’s sweatshirt is red today, not grey. Wisky hammering MSU who last week hammered nd.

    Sweeeeet!

    With the Georgia Dawgs getting crushed today, does that lessen the fear factor many of you have with unc.

    Look for Pitt to make a BIG statement today that the Coastal Division goes through Pitt.

    HTP!

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  16. I’ll start some meaningless conversation…

    Pitt should go blue helmets with any uniform half of their games and go the throwbacks the other games. Lose the gold helmet forever!

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  17. Chyrst’s Wisky team a reminder of how tough it will be to win at Pitt.

    The problem is recruiting enough elite level players, not necessarily 4 and 5 stars but guys that can compete.

    The big programs have whole states to recruit from.

    Western PA alone is not nearly enough and it looks like we have lost it, at least for this year.

    Wisky had the better pass rush today, made a big difference.

    Two huge wins this year for Chryst.

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  18. The Blue helmets look alright with the white uni’s. They’re hideous with the all blue ones.

    Pitt has always worn Gold helmets. But who cares about traditions right.

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