There were a lot of predictions made yesterday for this evening’s game and I believe I saw only one or two for the Thundering Herd, who BTW up until 1965 were also called the Boogercats, Big Green, Green Gobblers, Rams, and the Judges.
Anyway The Boogercats’ starting QB returns for this game and unless he’s a complete moron will throw for 1,000 yards against us. It may not even happen because he’s that good – although he is a good passer. It most probably will be because we just don’t have the problems in our defensive backfield worked out yet. Apparently FR Damar Hamlin is back from the dead but I don’t put a lot of stock in true FR – but then again he’s replacing someone, anyone, who has thoroughly failed at their job multiple time already this year.
And of course it may not happen at all. If we hold them to under 200 yards passing I’ll be at the Shrine of St. Francis when the bell tolls midnight sacrificing a neighbor’s ferret. I’d kill his dog but people would notice.
I have worried about this game for some time now – I’m not a “Johnny come lately” worrier. As I wrote yesterday Marshall has had a great recent history and their coach Doc Holiday knows how to win games against ‘better’ opponents. Each year it seems like Marshall bounces up out of nowhere and pulls an upset.
I’ll be watching for a emphasis on the passing game in the first half. If there is a game to try to get it back on track it is this one. The Green Gobblers are currently ranked #66 in Rushing Defense at 151 yards per game so we should be able to get up and down the field relying on only running the ball if necessary to do so. But I think it is imperative to try to build Peterman’s confidence up for the future ACC schedule.
If he can’t hack it tonight he probably won’t against any other teams on our schedule so if he’s to be pulled than Canada needs to make a decisive move and stick with it. And that means Stocker – he’s a better player than most fans think.
Marshall runs for only 160 ypg so we’ll shut that down, but my gut also tells me they will break a big run or two and put points on the board that way this evening. We haven’t seen any of those by our opponents so far this season so let’s watch out for that.
The game is at Heinz and is being played in the upper 60s temperature with virtually no wind to speak of and looks like it will be dry also. Have fun at the game – I’m sitting this game and travel to and fro out this week so I’ll be on this thread- and as always be careful about getting behind the wheel. Nothing is worth that sort of problem when you can either take a cab or toss your keys to a friend.
Final diagnosis: I see a Pitt win over the Marshall Rams, er… Big Green… uh… Thundering Herd!
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Ending Stats Pitt wins!!