Here are the Game Notes from Pitt for Saturday’s match.
OK – final game of the regular season and one we need to win to set us up for a possible progression in the win column from last year’s eight. Get this one and win a bowl game and we are at nine wins and sitting pretty for the future.
Syracuse is in the Atlantic Division of the ACC and has an overall record of 4-7 with a 2-5 ACC mark. The Orangemen are old Big East conference brothers and we have played them since 1916 – the year Dr. Tom was born.
Here is a small piece out of those game notes above:
Pitt and Syracuse have met every year since 1955…Pitt holds a 37-31-3 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1916…the Panthers have won 10 of the past 11 games against the Orange and 12 of the past 14…Pitt won last year in the Carrier Dome, 23-20, on a 25-yard Chris Blewitt field goal as time expired…
in the last game played at Heinz Field, the Panthers routed the Orange, 30-7, in 2014…Syracuse’s last win in the series was in 2012, a 14-13 decision in the Dome, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Panthers..
.the 2012 encounter marked the final Big East game between the two schools…Pitt and Syracuse met 20 times as Big East members from 1993-2012 and the Orange owned an 11-9 edge in those contests…Pitt has won all three ACC meetings (2013-15)…
So – what has SYR done this year that is impressive? Well for one they beat Virginia Tech who beat us in a nail biter game 39-36. That SYR win, 31-17 over the Hokies was unexpected and gave them their 3rd win versus 4 losses.
But all -in-all their team has been average at best and pretty bad at worse. You can see from the chart below that it has been an uphill climb for their team.
The best product they have put out on the field has been their passing offense at 13th nationally. 310.5 ypg would normally scare the crap out of me given that we are still looking for any warm bodies to play DB (yes, I know about last week’s 243 yards given up but that is still a lot).
Fortune most probably favors us here though in that their sterling QB Eric Dungey has been concussed and is listed as “doubtful” for Saturday. Given that Dungey is a true Sophomore and is the leading light of Syracuse’s dim future it would be rather silly to play him in a meaningless game – the Orange certainly aren’t bowl bound so this is their last game of 2016.
Here is some head-to-head info which leans heavily in Pitt’s favor to my eye.
We may well drop another 56 points onto the SYR defense – the fact that they already give up 35.2 ppg is bad enough, but add to that the fact that James Conner will be playing his last game at Heinz (almost surely) and the Beast will run wild.
Hey, Syracuse lost to Clemson (remember them?) 52-0, so I’m not saying chisel a “W” in the win column just yet but I’m not worried much at all about the final outcome of this one.
Every team has its diehard believers – here is a SYR fan’s post regarding the team and this game:
Brian Bober ·Atlanta, Georgia