Football Bits & Pieces & Tailgate Photos; 9/5/18

Football Bits & Pieces & Tailgate Photos; 9/5/18

Penn State week and isn’t this getting interesting.  The parking/tailgating fiasco just reinforces my decision to watch the game at home with friends.  But I had a true blast with everyone last Saturday.

Well post up Know the Enemy (could someone do up an article about PSU for this?  It would help me greatly as my week is two-blocked with medical and family stuff – thanks) and a Game Thread & Predictions.  But here are some things to read –

Pitt’s players are blocking out noise for PSU (P-G):

“I don’t have social media, so this is the most social media I’ve gotten this week,” Dintino, 23, joked Tuesday to several reporters at Pitt’s South Side practice facility. “I kind of got rid of that when I got to college, so I don’t know what they’re saying out there.”

As Pitt’s left guard, Dintino will have to deal with noise on the field, too, against the No. 13 Nittany Lions. Looking back on Pitt’s 2016 win against Penn State at Heinz Field, he recalled: “It was loud.” Looking back on Pitt’s 2017 loss to Penn State at Beaver Stadium, he recalled: “It was loud.”

Good – he doesn’t know what I’ve been saying about the OL!

Five PSU-Pitt Matchups (P-G)

2007 — LeSean McCoy vs. Penn State’s linebackers

McCoy famously spurned the Lions as a hot high school recruit out of Harrisburg, and that fact alone would have given us a juicy story line to follow. This matchup would have been about so much more, though, as two of Linebacker U’s all-time greats would have been lining up on the other side of the field. Sean Lee and Dan Conner posted a combined 283 tackles to lead a dominant defense that season, but could they have kept up with McCoy, who racked up 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman? It’s a shame we never got a chance to find out.

Penn State isn’t just a game (P-G):

Narduzzi called Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley “maybe the front-runner” for the Heisman Trophy, because of his dual-threat ability and being Penn State’s “emotional leader.” He also ticked off several names on both sides of the ball that stand out to him as bigger, stronger and faster than Albany’s personnel, but acknowledged that the roster presented by the Nittany Lions — who opened as 10.5-point favorites on — doesn’t pose much of a difference from the players Pitt practices against on a daily basis.

+10.5 points looks about right to me.  It might have gone down I suppose but I think this is going to be a tough game for us to pull out – but a full house might help…even if half will be PSU fans.

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