POV’s Sunday Podcast; Armageddon

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First off let’s congratulate Matt Canada and his offense – scoring 76 points in a single ball game is damn impressive. So – good for you.

This is a bit late in posting but in all honestly I wasn’t all that happy with the way things turned out yesterday and, even with a regular season-ending win, I feel disappointed.

Some fans just care about the Ws and Ls and I can understand that in part. Those tick marks will be the historical record that goes in the books for later when we talk about past seasons.

I am personally more interested in how the games themselves play out as well as the different ebbs and tides that the season goes through until it ends, hopefully on a winning note.

With that view have to say that as happy as I am we finished with eight wins I though yesterday’s game was about as strange as could be. 

Here are some stats to look at:

 Team Totals  SU  UP 
FIRST DOWNS  38  20 
   Rushing  14  12 
   Passing  21 
   Rushing Attempts  45  40 
   Average Per Rush  5.1  9.8 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  250  406 
   Yards Lost Rushing  22  13 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  43-61-1  9-19-1 
   Average Per Attempt  7.2  13.2 
   Average Per Completion  10.2  27.9 
   Passing Touchdowns 
   Total offense plays  106  59 
   Average Gain Per Play  6.3  10.9 

Along with the both team’s offensive players’ work on the day (the defense isn’t worth writing about:


Here is the passing game log for Nate Peterman for this 2016 season.  Take a look at his last three games (all wins):


That is 44/73 (58%) for 796 yards, 12 TDs and 2 INT.  That is a QB rating of 175.9 over those three games. Again those three wins jumped us up from 5-4 to 8-4.  Way to go Nate!

We’ll have a MMQB article up tomorrow then go into off-season type articles through the week.

HTP!! 8-4 !!  That’s a good thing….!


91 thoughts on “POV’s Sunday Podcast; Armageddon

  1. Armegeddon, not really, actually not even close. At the end of the day it was a win that except for SOP vestigial vibes really was never in doubt (yes, I felt uneasy).

    I was pleased to hear PN say he was “sick” over the defensive performance which was an appropriate description. I choose to chalk the defensive performance to the defense being (1)extremely tired by the whole game clock thing, (2) the linebacker and secondary playing awful because they are awful and (3) let’s admit it Syracuse’s offense played great.

    Let’s s not forget that this same defense (meaning the team not the very same players because there was some players who were injured) played Clemson so strong in the 4th quarter and held Duke to one touchdown last week. Yes, it was a “win that felt like a loss” but it wasn’t a loss—not even close to one.


  2. And with that media-attention-getting victory Pitt ends the season ranked in the AP poll. H2P!

    Now they have to come up with the money to keep Canada and look for a defensive coach or two.


  3. Charlie Partridge was just let go as HC of Florida Atlantic. He was a former defensive coach and great recruiter. He was the DL coach at Pitt from 2003-07. Also the DL coach at Wisconsin from 2008-10 before being promoted to DC for 2011-12.


  4. Yesterday’s game was really strange. Our D was consistent all year in stopping the run. For five quarters over the Clemson game and Duke game, they looked really good overall. Then, yesterday, they fell apart in both phases and got worse as the game went on. But what great fun our offense was!

    As I commented, yesterday, this is my favorite Pitt season in many years. I’m expecting ACC costal dominance for the next few years, and a shot at the playoffs more than once. I plan to enjoy it, because if this only happens every 40 years, I won;t see it again.


  5. Nebraska gave up 62 to OSU this year. At least 25 teams gave up more than 45 this past weekend.
    I hate it too, but I hated 0-3 far worse.
    It is all about perception in CFB.
    I perceived that we won.


  6. Yes, far from Armageddon. You must really be a depressing person to be around if you can’t at least appreciate yesterdays game for what it was – absolute unadulterated fun to see. This game(football) is entertainment and while you can legitimately criticize a ton and entirely this garbage they call defense, the rest of the game is pure electric to watch. Would it have been more enjoyable to watch a 57 to 17 blow out? I don’t know because I would have to see how it played out but I COULD HAVE LOVED THAT because it would have matched my prediction. Whoever was there got to see history being made. It wasn’t horrific history of which I could give REAL examples that really do not compare. It was a blast to see and full of special moments for many players not on defense for Pitt(outside DJ and he made up for his pick 6 with other fine gaffes).

    So, lighten up Francis and let’s look forward to a nice, entertaining bowl game which if in NY or someplace warm and convenient enough, I will gladly attend and if I can be guaranteed to be able to stand and scream for anywhere close to 10 Pitt touchdowns, I will head home happy.

    Maybe we will play some defense next year and hopefully in Happy Valley at least.


  7. Erie Express, I like Scott Shafer’s resume better than Charice Partridge’s and I believe he already has a Working relationship with HCPN, like Matt Canada did. Scott Shafer is my choice for DC!


  8. Erie Express, I like Scott Shafer’s resume better than Charlie Partridge’s and I believe he already has a Working relationship with HCPN, like Matt Canada did. Scott Shafer is my choice for DC!


  9. I’m trying to understand the negative side of PITT’s season and I am having trouble doing so. Try as I might, I just don’t get it. Yes yes yes, PITT’s defense was abysmal this year. Absolutely the worst. I get that…

    Now imagine you’re ready to board a rocket ship to the moon and before boarding, someone asks you, How do you think PITT will finish this year record wise and you answer “maybe 7 wins….I hope” then take off for the moon. You come back not knowing one thing about the season and they tell you…PITT won 8 games and they beat psu and Clemson on the road…and both could make the national playoffs final four. What’s to complain about? but people do

    Yesterday’s game, the defense was a total disaster for sure. The defense was tired silly and the tackling was as poor as it gets. Heads will roll on this account. The up-tempo and injuries really reared their ugly heads against a not so bad of a passing team. Let’s not forget about that. I would really like to see some coaching changes there and agree with Reed on that.

    PITT averaged 47.8 points a game the last 5. Not too shabby either to understate it. Nate to me proved he’s not just a game manager as some suggests. The more he was given to do this year the better he played. He gets a game ball from me. The offense looks to be in great hands down the road for sure.

    As far as the rushing D of late. Missing Jarrett hurt PITT, we tend to forget about how the injuries piled up but PITT doesn’t have the kind of depth to endure these types of problems. Not to worry here. You guys like to dwell on and on about the terrible PITT defense and for good reason, they do suck but as always, I find my silver lining.

    PITT’s defense will return 18 letterman next year including 12 players that started at least one game this year: Briggs, Blair, Brightwell, Edwards, Wirginis, Hamlin, Jackson, Maddox, Roy, Taleni, Whitehead, Idowu, and even Herndon.

    Others were: D Edwards, Folston, Ffrench, J Stocker, M Henderson.

    Along with another 14 players that did not play this year due to a redshirt or injury. Some impressive names in that bunch as well.

    Here are a few: Coleman, Hendrix, Garner, Zeise, P Jones, H Miller, Camp, Pine, Watts, Weaver, Wheeler, Pugh, Hargrove, P Campbell, and Anthony McKee. Lots more speed and athleticism to come next year to help out. On top of the returning players. The defense will be much improved. imo…..ike



  10. Pitt finally got into AP Top 25. But they couldn’t just put us in, we had to be tied for #24 with USF.

    How on Earth is Nebraska ahead of us? They have beat NO ONE of note. NO ONE !!!

    6 BigJoke teams in Top 25. The conspiracy continues.


  11. All these teams got dropped OUT of the Rankings and yet Pitt barely slid in.

    Dropped from rankings: Houston 18, Boise State 20, Utah 21, Texas A&M 22, Washington State 23, Tennessee 24


  12. Stanford got bumped from not being Ranked last week….to #17. On what basis. Beating a 3-9 pathetic Rice team.

    These rankings and bumpings are absolutely LUDICROUS !


  13. Emel – see Iowa’s bump up to #22 as well. They got clowned a few weeks ago by penn state, who of course Pitt beat.

    But, Iowa beat Nebraska who beat Wyoming as their best W this season.

    B1G Joke!


  14. Third time Narduzzi has Pitt ranked. I agree hard to grasp just how poor Pitt is on defense. But better days are coming on that side of the ball. I think Canada will be in play somewhat. But I think he likes Pitt and unless the money is so big he is stupid not to take it, he is back next year.


  15. Duzz was sick (literally) over the defensive play… that’s a good thing… if changes are needed then make them as soon as feasible. I thought the D was starting to come together but was wrong…We talk about how good our run defense was and blame the passing game but guys we all know the components of the D must work together like a fine tuned machine to be balanced and fully operational… balanced and hitting on all cylinders just like our Canadian offense … our D was a Helter Skelter bunch- coaching , personnel ?? That’s why coaches are paid big bucks.. this game kicked Duzz in the nuts-hopefully we see a more balanced D next year..
    See we are ranked !!! Wow what an entertaining year and excited about the bowl game – just contacted Pinstripe Bowl for lodging/transportation… I would love to go back to the Military and get a measure of revenge on the Middies… Reed…I’m with on Annapolis what a great trip for PITT fans.. Great hosts and fanfare.. great food n drink.. 5000 PITT fans in a tailgate.. what wasn’t there not to like about it


  16. What on Earth is Iowa doing ranked ahead of us, lost to a D2 team, lost to 6-6 Northwestern, only beat pathetic Buttgers (worst P5 team) by a score of 14-7.

    Here are Iowa’s wins:

    Miami of Ohio (6-6)
    Iowa State (3-9)
    Buttgers (2-10)
    Minnesota (8-4)
    Purdue (3-9)
    Michigan (10-2)
    Illinois (3-9)
    Nebraska (9-3)


  17. We need to win our bowl game and stay ranked into the signing period. Of course this ranking will also help us get a better bowl game. It’s easier for them to sell a ranked team. But Conner and our offense will be the big selling points.


  18. Right EE….i forgot Iowa got clowned by Pedo State, who Pitt beat.

    There is no common sense or fairness in these rankings at all. It’s all sports politics and it’s slanted towards these big city sportswriter boobs who take their cues from others, higher up the ladder.


  19. Something about a bowl hold up for the Navy / Army game results. Not sure what this means? There is some small talk about a WVU / PITT matchup in the Russell Athletic Bowl matchup in Orlando. That one is a long shot but I would be willing to hop a plane down there in late Dec. The Military Bowl is my second choice.


  20. Media (at least ESPN) pushing that neither Ohio Fake or Michigan are OUT of the playoff race.

    Even though neither one CAN BE conference champions. I’m betting one of them will get in. And if
    Wisconsin beat the Pedo’s probably them too.


  21. I think Wisconsin will win and still have to head to the Rose Bowl. I doubt they chase out Washington if they win next Saturday against #9 Colorado for either Wisconsin or Michigan.


  22. Pitt’s chances of moving up the Rankings lay in getting a Bowl Bid against a ranked team. And the best chance of that is playing in the Sun Bowl. Where if things worked out right, you might get #17 Stanford.

    Playing a 6-6 Northwestern BigJoke team in the Pinstripe doesn’t excite me one iota.

    And the Military Bowl, is a 3rd rate bowl game and we were just there.

    Herman should be able to get a 8-4 Ranked, High Scoring, Record Setting Pitt team a better bowl game this year. What the heck are they paying him for.


  23. It’s a long shot Jack but they were in attendance at a recent PITT game, (Duke I think).. That matchup would be interesting to the locals and possibly all over the country.


  24. Emel – the weaker ranked B1G Joke teams make you wonder about the top teams like Michigan and Wisconsin.

    Wisconsin’s big wins – LSU (8-4), Nebraska (best win is Wyoming), Minnesota (best win is 6-6 NW)

    Michigan lost to Iowa who lost to a D2 school. They did best penn state by 39 though.

    Give Pitt a gift for a bowl with either Nebraska or Iowa and show off the Canadian offense.


  25. Right Jack, Russell Athletic has one of the top picks of ACC teams. They won’t take us.

    Don’t know why that Bowl is held in such high esteem, it was always a 2nd or 3rd bowl game before the last couple year.

    Jerry Palm has GT going to the Sun Bowl (wtf we beat them and have much more impressive resume) and UNC going to the Gator Bowl. (taxslayer bowl- stupid name)


  26. Watching replay .. our DBs playing off of receivers allowing the ball to be caught – trying to keep the play in front of the… poor game by all LBs


  27. Although I do like his predication of the Pedo’s getting stuck playing Western Michigan in cotton bowl.

    That’s something they would normally do to Pitt.


  28. Yesterday’s game was really strange. Our D was consistent all year in stopping the run. For five quarters over the Clemson game and Duke game, they looked really good overall. I thought they were gelling. Then, yesterday, they fell apart in both phases and got worse as the game went on. Run D was awful! I expected SXU QB to do well. He’s had a couple games to learn the system, but the run game!!!???

    But what great fun our offense was!

    As I commented, yesterday, this is my favorite Pitt season in many years. I’m expecting ACC costal dominance for the next few years, and a shot at the playoffs more than once. I plan to enjoy it, because if this only happens every 40 years, I won’t see it again.


  29. Ha! Nice thing about getting older is you can post or read the same crap twice and enjoy it just as much the second time! To you guys with better memories, sorry!


  30. Know you guys are getting tired of my positive posts but PITT is tied with the fourth best record in the entire ACC. That puts them eligible for the RAB, jus saying. I don’t think they use tiebreakers in this instance.


  31. That was invigorating. We have these stainless steel Wolfgang Puck cookware, and of course we all have our favorite frying pan and we know what happens to the back of these pans after cooking with them for an extended period. I just completed steel wooling the entire back of it to almost near new condition.

    So why am I telling you guys this. Well I was pondering that SOP won’t be over until we get rewarded with a good Bowl game vs a good opponent. If it’s another one of these no-win situation type games against basically a nobody, in some bowl that wasn’t even around a decade ago, or it’s against a 6-6 or 7-5 middling team, it’s SOP.


  32. I actually think Pitt is a good draw for a bowl committee. They are clearly an up and coming team, have a HC with some name recognition, a RB in JC that has national appeal (lots of good stories for full in stuff), and a dynamic offense that has become something big being discussed after the big win at Clemson.


  33. You guys are crazy if you are complaining about the Pinstripe Bowl. A game in NYC would be basically a Home Game for Pitt – which despite the cold will be a total blast – because there will be a HUGE number of students there and A LOT of Alumni in easy driving distance. It will be against a mediocre BiG Joke opponent that we will probably hang 50 points on. In ten years nobody will remember the bowl, but they will look back and see the first 9 win season in a long, long time. Needless to say I’m a big fan of the Pinstripe.


  34. lol I’ve never even watched the Pinstripe Bowl. Again if we got an opponent that was at least 8-4 there it would be ok, But 6-6 Northwestern. yuck No win situation and if you lose, quite embarrassing.


  35. I guess it would be preferable than playing Temple in the Military Bowl as was being floated last week.

    That would draw crap, in another ‘no-win’ situation. We had 9 wins in 2008, not that long ago 🙂


  36. Then they fired the coach Emel.

    I understand that Reed has his hands full with the POV and family issues and all but I’m use to and like when he posts more and what’s this not watching he second half of the game? Shaking my head on that one..


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