It’s Saturday morning and I’m getting ready for the drive up to Heinz. We are favored by seven or eight points this afternoon depending on who you are giving your money to. I think we’ll be under that but not by much. I predicted a 41-35 Pitt win.
I just received an email from our friend Bernie (BigB) who was the guy I quoted back in July when he told me he had some Outer Banks’ bar face time with our OC and who shared with us that Matt Canada was 100% firm in his belief that ‘We’ll score a ton of points this season‘ . Hey, that happened!!
Our body surfing DC was being carried out to the middle of the Atlantic ocean in a riptide as that shore-side conversation was happening because the exact opposite has transpired under Conklin’s watch.
Bernie and I think alike – if we had even an average pass defense as we did last season we may well be 10-0 at this point.
The season, so far, has played out pretty much like we all figured – with a surprise here and there. Most thought we’d beat Penn State and we have, nobody but a handful thought we’d beat Clemson and most fans had us at seven or eight wins on the season.
Win today and we’ll be at that seven win mark. But it might be easier said than done.
Quite honestly with a porous defense like ours with the amount of yardage we give up and the rather unbelievable 35.1 points per game we allow no wins are etched in stone this season.
I believe that it is vitally important for a new HC to show coaching improvement from year one to year two and Narduzzi has done that on some fronts. Getting to eight or even nine wins on the season will be a huge step in that direction.
So let’s start with beating Duke this afternoon.
Notes: I’ll be the tall guy with a mustache and a blue Coast Guard ball-cap on wandering around the parking lots before the game – I’ll get to PGH about 1:30 or so… I also have a tattooed beard. Here is my recent arrest photo from last month.