Damn, we wait seven months over the off-season for Fall Camp to start – then it does and then it and the regular season go by in the blink of an eye. We are almost at that point tomorrow when at the end of 60 minutes of play against Syracuse at Heinz Field we start the long wait again. With a break for the bowl game of course.
But we still have that last regular season game to play against a long-time Pitt opponent. Syracuse, even with its less than good record shouldn’t be taken lightly. They can beat us just like we can beat anyone in the nation.
We’ll see if the SOP (Same Old Pitt) curse has that last nail beaten down to trap it in its coffin tomorrow. I think it will but any long time Pitt fan will tell you we always tend to win one game we shouldn’t (Clemson!!) and lose one we should have won… that is the outcome that’s missing this season.
Miami and VA Tech were both legitimate teams to have bested the Panthers on those days we played. Actually so is Syracuse but give that we are major overbitches (as opposed to “underdogs”) then a loss would feel like a SOP moment. I don’t really feel that SOP is present, I feel it is in hiatus while Narduzzi is HC here, and we’ll pull this one out for our 8th win.
Here are some of the oddsshark.com’s takes:
First off we are giving 23.5 points as of this writing with the over/under sitting at 69 points. Pretty heavily tilted in Pitt’s favor there.
From those charts you can see the gold points are prevalent and by a large margin in most cases.
Here is something I found interesting; as bad as Pitt’s passing defense is – and that is the first factor you have to address I suppose, Syracuse is actually giving up more yards per pass that we do by a score of 14.85 yards per pass to our lower 12.95.
I didn’t think that was possible. “Cry Havoc” and unleash Nate Peterman’s arm I say. He needs all the TD passes he can get to help me win that bet we have.
The fact that Syracuse is giving up 5.06 ypc against our 5.03 ypc gained doesn’t bode well for the Orangemen either – Conner may have a(nother) career day tomorrow. That leads the odds makers to this score for tomorrow.:
OK then – those are the basics and other’s predictions – I’ll call this one:
Pitt 45 – SYR 27
HTP!!! and safe travels…