Regarding strength of schedule – here’s how I view it and comparing teams. Getting into the weeds is fine if you feel good about that. My take is this – you line up and play who is on your schedule and I’m a lot more concerned about teams who we have to play that win their games… as opposed to those who may lose but play harder teams.
This Pitt team is no better than their schedule says it is. Plain and simple. Last two years’ teams were good ones at 8-5. This team is pretty crappy so far at 3-5. Parse it all you want but what matters, and I have heard this 1,000 times from readers on here, is winning games.
Now and with that said if we continue to win games I’ll think this team is better than then it is right now. But as it stands for this week and for this season I really don’t care if past opponent OK State is higher ranked than us because – so were PSU and Clemson last season and we beat them.
Again – play the foe in front of you and if you win the day than you are a better team than they are, if you lose you are a lesser team… on that day. Pretty simple formula there I think.
So – when the NCAA lists that the teams we still have to face have won more than they lose I think those are the tough teams to beat – if they lose more than they win I think we have a better shot. Honestly, all this comparing teams from this season to that season to the other season and saying we played easier teams then or harder ones now is pretty much excuse making for the present play of the team.
Here are some bits from Pitt’s Media Dept:
For saturday’s game against Virginia – remember these game notes are great reading for backgrond on each program and to have on hand while actually watching the game being played out
PITT (3-5, 1-3 ACC) vs. VIRGINIA (5-2, 2-1 ACC)
October 28, 2017 • 12:30 p.m., ET
Heinz Field (68,400/Natural Grass) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
RSN (AT&T SportsNet) • Pitt IMG Sports Radio Network
October 23, 2017
Pat Narduzzi Press Conference
PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO: Narduzzi Virginia Preview
PAT NARDUZZI: Had a good weekend, obviously. A nice Saturday and a Sunday and it’s nice to have one of those. Happy for our kids, you need to have success. Can’t have it every week, we know it’s not easy. But it’s even harder to go on the road and get an ACC win against a good football team.
Duke fought their tails off, and I gave them a lot of credit, but our kids came out on top. We get to come home to Heinz Field. We have a great Virginia team coming in here, 5-2 team with notable wins against North Carolina and Duke.
You know, Bronco’s got a tough football team. He’s in his second season. What I see on tape is a tough football team that’s physical like we like to be. Plays through the whistle. You’ve got a lot of respect for the way their kids play hard.
They had a tough one up at B.C. this weekend against a good football team, a team that’s on the rise as well with BC, we don’t get to watch them much. So we’re just ready for that next one. So we’ll just move on to the next.
LINK: Pitt ACC Honors
For IMMEDIATE Release
Pitt’s Hall and Whitehead Earn ACC Weekly Awards
PITTSBURGH—Pitt junior running back Darrin Hall and junior safety Jordan Whitehead were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference today for their performances in the Panthers’ 24-17 victory over Duke.
Hall, who enjoyed a career rushing game, was named the ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week, while Whitehead, the leader of Pitt’s strong defensive effort, was named Co-Defensive Back of the Week.
Here are some POVers photos I have been late on posting…
Here are the reasons we weren’t at the game… UPitt is somewhere killing things and Reed was hosting his cousins in DC.
Ms. BigB with the Duke mascot.
The POV contingent did well on Saturday and collectively willed the Duke to overthrow his TE directly in front of the Pitt Fans’ seats to create the Whitehead interception which sealed the game for us. Good job guys…
BigB gets around – here he is with this year’s version of ROC the Pitt mascot. Remember that the young BigB used to make extra money as Disney characters in Orlando, FL
on his summer vacations. His favorite one was Peter Pan!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>(This was before he found out about beer obviously). That is why when he asked about how great Pitt is going to be under Pat Narduzzi he says “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust…” I knew I had heard that somewhere before…
Here is another that photo I have to link to. It is a painting by Norman Rockwell (one of my favorite artists) which was believed to have been lost but has been newly found entitled “Cat Who Saved House Fire”. And we think it hurts when Pitt loses a ball game..
Here is a POVer who will remain nameless but lives on a golf course and has oral fixations. That really isn’t true but the player with the liederhosen on looks like that guy a bit… a poster sent this to me but I forgot who it was (not really safe for work because of swearing in the dialogue).
More later this week and Roundtable Call-in tomorrow evening…