Yesterday I predicted a four point GT win over the Panthers 38-34 because I thought this might be the game our run defense – as great as it has been – shows some weakness against a speedier backfield using the Triple-Option, something that we haven’t seen yet this season. Here’s a good in-depth explaination by the GT HC Paul Johnson.
That’s how HC Paul Johnson’s offense will look today. Now, here is a well-seasoned and expert ex-Coast Guard academy Defensive Coordinator John Loose explaining how to defend against it (just a coincidence, really!)
Interesting Huh? What we need is the defensive approach Dave Wannstedt used to shut down Navy’s great option offense back in the day. The key there was to keep our MLB Scott McKillop as the ‘spy’ on the Navy Fullback regardless of what was happening on the play. It worked well and we won some games doing that. Of course having McKillop at MLB help a bunch there also.
But the more I look at all the factors with the Pitt squad and how we have played it just gnaws at me that I can’t get a handle on how good this team is or isn’t as a whole. I suppose it is the glass half full dilemma – we have won three games and that’s fine. But in doing so we have yet to play a complete 60 minute game.
We also, except for last week against an underdog, haven’t shown a balanced offense to the point that I’m comfortable enough to think ‘Well, if our run game falters our passing game will pick up the slack and win the game‘.
But I have a lot of faith in Nate Peterman and feel that Canada misused that part of the offense prior to our win over Marshall. Granted our running game was going full-bore and all the games had been close ones so he and Narduzzi played it very safe. That worked out fine versus PSU, but not so well against OK State and North Carolina.
I think we’ll see Canada be more balanced today and that is what makes me want to reconsider the final score of my prediction. However I’ll keep it as is because that is what I put down in our prediction thread.
Chip in with your thoughts, complaints, wit and kudos as the game rolls on in real-time… game time is at 12:30 and here’s to a Pitt win!
Note: Here are the Game Notes as compiled by the Pitt Media Department – they are great to have at hand when watching our Panthers do battle.
LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. Georgia Tech)