“With craziness, you can’t predict it. There’s very little defense you can have on craziness.” – That’s a quote from Bryan Cranston, our favorite chemistry teacher.
That sentiment holds true for what we have seen from Pitt’s defense so far this season. While during the off-season we fans felt that the interior of our defensive line was going to be a real problem – just the opposite happened.
Then we figured that our DBs, who returned almost en mass losing just L. Pitts, were coming back strong with that year of starting experience under their belts and would better what we did in defending the pass in 2015. Well, that sure didn’t happen either.
So predictions are tricky things. Sometimes, especially with Pitt football I think, the heart overrules the mind – that’s when we start predicting Pitt to upset a better team. Although that hasn’t happened in the last two years yet we keep hoping it will so we pick Pitt in those games.
Other times the head may overrule the heart like mine did when I predicted a Pitt loss to PSU. Which leads us to the thought that unless you are totally ego driven sometimes we are happy to be wrong. At least I was when the whistle blew at the end of that game.
This upcoming game against Virginia is a bit of a mystery to me. First off it is being played in Scott Stadium located on the Virginia campus down in Charlottesville, VA. I don’t know how crazy the fans down there are so the Cavs may not have a true home field advantage.
I do know that the fan’s choice of wardrobe is cut from the same clothas the ‘well off’ upper class back in the 1950s. They might be the only youngsters who wear Brooks Brothers and Lily Pulitzer clothing to football games – at least while sitting in the plebeian sections. Hell, just because of that I hope we kick their well-dressed asses.
At this point in Pitt’s season the first thing I believe a fan has to do is check on what the opposing QB has done in the air so far. With Virginia we get first year starter JR Kurt Benkert. As you can see below he’s been a bit hot and cold over the season so far.
However over his last three games he is averaging 333 yards per game passing with eight TDs to two INTs. Better get welding helmets for our DBs as they are going to get torched.
But that won’t lose the game for us.
Now that our passing game is having attention paid to it by our OC and FR Chawntez Moss is rushing well and coming to the forefront as a primary runner, I think our offense will outscore the Cavaliers.
I see us having three TDs on the ground; two TDs in the air and a FG to get us to 38 points. We get a turnover that stops a late drive in the 4th quarter by VA to help close out the game. If that isn’t enough to win against a 2-3 Virginia team then start the firing procedure for Conklin on Sunday morning.
We’ll be 2-1 in the ACC when the dust settles Saturday afternoon…
Pitt 38 – VA 31
Note: Here are the Virginia Game Notes as put out by Pitt.