I say regular season because I’ll assume there is a slim to none chance we see a bowl date. However, as much as I dislike the idea of a team with a losing record being “rewarded” with a bowl game (I’m very ‘old school’ on that count) there is no doubt in my mind we should take it.
For no other reason that 75% of the bowls mean relatively nothing anyway, are played solely for TV viewing, and Pitt needs the extra ACC-shared money we’d get from it. We’ll see what happens with that.
Now – lets breakdown the season and because Pitt always seems to save the best for last we’ll start with the ending first.
As you all know I feel very strongly that my role as the blog writer on here is to be a critic. And that is meant in the true definition of the word as it applies to the addressing of the arts, politics, and now sports. That also means I try to look at Pitt football and all that it encompasses without my fan’s blinders on – and make no mistake I am a Pitt football fan.
So with that in mind here is my take on this 2017 season. To recap: we now sit at 5-7 overall with the regular season finished. All that is left for this Pitt team now is to sit and wait to see if we get the dregs of the bowl game invites.
Head Coach Pat Narduzzi started off his Pitt career with two consecutive 8 win seasons, identical 8-5 records, with two losses two bowl appearances. Because we lost key players from our 2016 squad – including QB Nate Peterman, whose SR season goes down as one of the best Pitt QBs have ever had, along with two great offensive lineman and 2/3s of our defensive starters we all knew we were in for a negative dip this year.
However not to many Pitt fans felt we’d be ending up with a losing season – I think most of us predicted along the lines of my preseason thoughts of a 7-5 or at the very least 6-6 regular season record. There were of course the outliers either way with a few fans thinking we’d have 10+ wins and on the flip side some stating we’d drop down to 4-5 wins.