PITT (1-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. GEORGIA TECH (1-1, 0-0 ACC)

September 15, 2018 • 12:30 p.m., ET

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GAME STORYLINES

Pitt opens Atlantic Coast Conference play when it hosts Georgia Tech. The Panthers and Yellow Jackets are annual foes as members of the Coastal Division.

Since joining the ACC in 2013, the Panthers are 2-3 in conference openers. Pitt has lost its initial ACC game each of the last two seasons, including a 35-17 setback to Georgia Tech in Atlanta last year.

 Pitt will be playing its third home game in as many weeks. This is the first time the Panthers have opened a season with three consecutive home games since 2008. This century, that scheduling quirk has occurred four total times (2001 and 2004).

Both teams enter ACC play coming off disappointing outings. Pitt trailed Penn State at intermission, 14-6, but crumbled in the second half, 51-6. Georgia Tech led host USF by 10 in the fourth quarter but three unanswered touchdowns resulted in a 49-38 defeat.

Two of the Panthers’ past three encounters with Georgia Tech came down to late field goals. Pitt triumphed in 2015 (31-28) and 2016 (37-34) on game-winning field goals by Chris Blewitt, who graduated as the school’s all-time leading kick scorer.

Senior tailback Qadree Ollison is off to a strong start to his final season. Ollison rushed for a game-high 119 yards on 21 carries (5.7 avg.) against Penn State. He is averaging 96 yards per game.

Senior middle linebacker Quintin Wirginis is coming off the most productive game of his career. Wirginis, whose 2017 season was lost to injury, compiled nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack against Penn State.

 Sophomore defensive end Rashad Weaver is also emerging as a playmaker. Weaver totaled four stops, 1.5 TFLs, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble against Penn State.

SERIES NOTES


This is the 13th meeting between Pitt and Georgia Tech in a series that began in 1918…Pitt leads the overall series, 7-5, and has won two of the past three meetings with the Yellow Jackets…the Panthers are 4-1 in games played in Pittsburgh and 3-2 in Atlanta…Pitt and Georgia Tech have twice met in bowl games with the Yellow Jackets winning each time…Georgia Tech defeated the Panthers in the Jan. 2, 1956 Sugar Bowl (7-0) and the Dec. 29, 1956 Gator Bowl (21-14)…the 2018 game marks the sixth Atlantic Coast Conference encounter between the two schools…Georgia Tech leads the ACC series, 3-2…the Yellow Jackets beat visiting Pitt last year, 35-17…Pitt won both the 2015 and 2016 contests courtesy of late field goals by the graduated Chris Blewitt…in 2016, Blewitt’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Pitt a 37-34 win at Heinz Field…in 2015, Blewitt boomed a school-record 56-yard field goal with 1:11 left for a 31-28 victory in Atlanta…the initial three games of the series from 1918-20 were all played in Pittsburgh…led by legendary coach Glenn “Pop” Warner, Pitt won each of those three contests by an aggregate score of 58-9…before the 2013 revival of the series, the two schools had not played since a pair of games at Georgia Tech in the 1970s…in 1976, Tony Dorsett scored three touchdowns as Pitt routed the host Yellow Jackets, 42-14…under the direction of Coach John Majors, Pitt would go 12-0 in 1976 and claim the national championship, while Dorsett would win the Heisman Trophy…the Panthers also defeated Georgia Tech, 27-17, in Atlanta during the 1974 season.

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300 thoughts on “Lock the Gates?… Sure, OK, Why Not?

  1. Notice that QBJeff George, Jr is now listed as an “or” in the QB 3-deep with Patti. Every week he’ll move up the ladder until he’s QB2 – mark my (famous last) words!

    The last thing Narduzzi wants to do is play Patti if he can help it unless it’s a blowout score and he can get a snap in garbage time. But Town and George will play real snaps before Patti.

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    1. Well he can play Patti in 4 games and still retain his red shirt. But we all know how Narduzzi just loves to play underclassman every chance he gets.

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  2. Thanks Reed!
    As I was finishing commenting on your last article “Why Not Start Again? what comes on the oldie station? Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone. The words hit me right between the eyes : “WHEN YOU’VE GOT NOTH’N YOU GOT NOTH’N TO LOSE”! IMHO Dylan explains our situation only too well.

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    1. Jim – how about these angry Dylan lyrics:

      “Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth / You’re an idiot, babe / It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe”

      But that’s just my opinion…

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  3. Walt finished his career at Stanford with a 5-6 record in ‘05 and 1-11 in ‘06 and was quickly shown the door. Stanford ( is this who our administration achieves to be academically?) has built their program and yearly can compete nationally. Maybe PITT should consult with braintrust at Stanford… “ Please show us the way…pretty please. “

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  4. GT’s 1,000+ yard rushing RB (short, stout kid) from a year ago was injured last week and is out for the remainder of 2018. GT’s QB, Marshall, is banged up a little, but i assume will play. He’s talented. Fast, a good decision maker, and can throw the ball.

    Reading your keys and tackling will be key for the Panther D. Discipline. If your job is to key on the QB then do it. If your job is to key on the pitch RB then do it. Get off blocks. Make the tackle. Make the tackle. Get off the field so our O can hopefully control the ball, give the D a break, and score often (so we don’t have to punt).

    GT will pass also. GT will go for it on 4th down 3 or 4 times this game as well.

    We have similar talent levels as GT over all. This is a winnable game for Pitt. Now, do I think we will win based on what I’ve observed so far? No. But, this game is winnable. We know what GT is going to do. We have the talent to slow them down enough to outscore them. Did I mention that tackling will be important?

    Also, this could be a short game given the desire of both teams to run the ball and chew clock so we MUST score when we have the (limited number of) opportunity.

    On an emotional level, it will be interesting to see if Pitt can bounce back from a lopsided loss. The coaches in particular probably expended a lot of emotional energy last Saturday into Sunday?Monday… Coming out of the gate flat will spell disaster for Pitt.

    From a strategy perspective – if Marshall is banged up, then hit him early and every chance you get. If the replacement RB is less experienced, rip at the ball every chance you get. Play the CBs that are best at fighting off the WR blocks and that can tackle. Keep a safety back, as GT will run 12 times in a row then throw the long ball.

    This is a winnable game… Just don’t bet on it.

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    1. Somebody said Bates use to coach at Navy, so he should be familiar with the Triple Option. And the guy is a retired Naval Lieutenant. So he didn’t get to far up the Officer Tree. Ships Ahoy !

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  5. Any of you “optimists” want free tickets for Saturday? Seems I can’t even give them away…

    There is no one, and I mean NO ONE, outside of some posters here that believe Pitt is headed in the right direction. I heard “give him more time”, “he needs his players” and “the OL needs time to mature.” Well, guess what folks? As more and more of Chryst’s players have left, we’ve won less. And if Narduzzi could recruit, his kids would be on the field rather than sitting behind the Chryst kids who are Still here. And, this is year four for Narduzzi— Any OL recruits in years one and two would be RS Sophomores or RS Juniors by now. Where are those kids? I’ll tell you where. Sitting behind a transfer from Kent State.

    This team is Narduzzi’s. It is a team with the worst home loss in FIFTY years! And to PeeSU, at that. It’s a team that has seen it’s record and recruiting rankings slide each year. Those are not my opinions– they are facts.

    I am truly not upset anymore. Like our team in the second half, I’ve quit. I expect us to lose many more games than we win this season. I hope I’m wrong but won’t be upset either way. Maybe the “optimists” among you will take my place and attend a few games, maybe donate a few bucks to show your support.

    Me? I’m out. There are tree stands to build, deer and ducks to hunt and lots of work around my house and cabin to spend my time.

    But hey… You “optimists” enjoy the season. I hear (from you and nobody else) that Pitt will turn it around.

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    1. The Visitor Lower Bowl side of the field has a gazillion tickets available.

      Even the Pitt side of the field, Lower Bowl has plenty of seats available. 35K tops, if it rains. Oy vey

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  6. I wouldn’t quite say “strong start” for Ollison. He’s been OK so far this year, and besides Pickett’s scrambling he was the only offensive bright spot against PSU (not saying much). I still think he goes down to easy for a bigger running back.

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  7. Jay – you (and others) are correct. To add to it, Pitt has been somewhere slightly above or below mediocre for 39 years now. The key for me is to not tie up any of my happiness to whether or not Pitt wins. I watch the games because they are my team, but more from a strategy perspective. I don’t hunt any more but I fish and do other things on Saturdays and then watch the games when I have time later on in the evening or the following week… Including last week’s PSU game.

    I acknowledge that you, Huff, Upitt, Tex and quite a few others have provided a big picture road map on this forum to turn this mess around. But, after 39 years, I’m not counting on big change.

    I root for the Pitt kids, analyze the game, cheer a little, attend a game every 5 years or so (I live many states away from PA). Having less invested helps me gain perspective. Apathy? Maybe. When Pitt commits to winning, then I will commit to being a more involved fan (buy shirts, attend more games, make a donation etc.)

    Anyway, what I’m saying is, I get where you are coming from.

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    1. I agree. It’s setting expectations. And narduzzi was dead wrong in saying Pitt will win the Coastal.

      Given the way Pitt pays, manages sports and their general philosophy on athletics, Pitt should be able to compete for a division title every 4-5 years. Maybe win the division once a decade.

      Now some schools can compete every year like va tech and Miami. But those schools have different cultures. They want to win championships and fully support their programs. Pitt is all talk.

      Changing the culture is a long term process. And given Pitts board of trustees, I don’t see Pitt ever committing to excellence on the field. Btw, it’s committment to academics is also slipping per usnews academic rankings. Maybe the ACC isn’t a good fit for Pitt.

      Remember Pitt is near the bottom in the directors cup and has been for the past 20 years when they first started grading a schools overall sports performance. We’re basement dwellers in the ACC.

      So if the overall athletic department can breakeven and not run deficits, Pitt is happy. Our ACC check covers 17 sports while any profit pitt football has made over the past 3 years has just kept Pitt basketball above water.

      Pitt has little margin for error. If football experiences a drop in attendance and donations, they will be in real financial trouble. This will have a trickle down affect on all sports.

      Again remember that Pitts expenses have substantially increased given salary escalation. You think revenues are outpacing expenses now? All those new extensions. New coaching hires.

      Pitt cannot blow it with football since this program is supposed to help cover our Olympic sports.

      Pitt literally cannot afford to have football fail. The direction of the program is very important. Once people lose hope or if expectations aren’t being met, it’s game over.

      Tex

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  8. Last 4 games of this series, GT is avg’g over 38 ppg. Over those same games Pitt is avg’g 28 ppg

    I just don’t see Pitt’s offense scoring enough points to win this game, unless the D somehow gets magically transformed this week and holds them below say….14 points. Or the other hope is GT makes a lot of miscues.

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  9. Pitt will probably need 35 points or more to win. It can be done if there are no turnovers. Keeping GT below 30 will be a challenge but can be done if Pitt controls the ball. Maybe the TEs will actually do something this game since Coach Salem is practically living on the South Side. After all, he has maybe 3 bodies to work with and it takes time…

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  10. Looks like we will have a dry field to play on. I think the O-line and Pickett will do a lot better this week.
    How much is hard to say but the conditions, poor footing, is not what you want with a mediocre line that has not played together much, and a QB with his third start. Hopefully, it will be enough to have a more balanced offense.

    The real key is whether we can slow down the triple option enough to stay in the game. I think Wirginis could be a difference maker. He needs to plug up the middle and get to the QB. Obviously good tackling is a must and penetration on the line of scrimmage has to happen or it will be a long day.

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    1. Wirginis was spun around, faked out and missed tackles on more plays than he produced. He needs to call Scott McKillop and asked him “What is the big deal about “The First Step”‘

      Even if he was the best of a bad bunch out there.

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  11. I fear the bigger issue for the offense is this pieced together, hodge-podge, makeshift, unskilled OL! It’s what’s up front that counts and our front can’t be counted on. :<(

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  12. BTW… watched the replay of the FIASCO. Don’t be fooled. Offensive Line is as BAD as I warned after watching them up close at the Spring Game.

    Lack of athleticism is GLARING.

    That will prove to be a major problem when it comes to playing on faster turf against fast Defenses. As previously noted… it’s going to get UGLY.

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  13. A few things here:

    #1, Jay91 has got it right. When following your favorite football team or anything in life and it causes you such angst we should step away. If it’s not fun why put yourselves through all this? Kind of like me with this POV. PITT football doesn’t bother me but reading on here all the sky is falling stuff gets to me occasionally and I’ll tell you why. In order to be successful in anything in life, you have to keep your mind focused and keep moving forward. It’s just not my style to give up on myself or the team I root for. I guess it’s ok for some of you to do so but I’ll stick it out and that’s NOT being optimistic at all, it’s a way of life for me.

    #2 Heisman trophy candidate vs a true sophomore starting his second game in some of the worst conditions for a football game I’ve seen in a long time. Throw in a goofy place holder that gets hurt in an off campus scuffle along with a nervous Aussie and what do you get? 51-6 in a driving rain storm.

    #3 It’s not any affections towards Narduzzi at all with me. Reed is right as he asked the question previous article. I’m totally against starting over at this very moment, that could change in a New York minute though. The I told you so comments make me laugh though. After two games? You tell on yourselves…

    #4 I can’t believe someone who’s good at something (like golf) wouldn’t show a little more perseverance? Not pointing fingers just saying. I’m going through some awful personal stuff in my life right now and I’ve been trying to keep everyone on track. What do I say? Keep your chin up at all times and never look like were are losing. We are in it to win it. Two steps forward even if you need to take one step back every once in awhile. and finally, never ever give up… . . .ike

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    1. “In order to be successful in anything in life, you have to keep your mind focused and keep moving forward. It’s just not my style to give up on myself or the team I root for. I guess it’s ok for some of you to do so but I’ll stick it out and that’s NOT being optimistic at all, it’s a way of life for me.”

      With all due respect… wrong! Being focused on the wrong things doesn’t make you successful. Working hard doesn’t make you successful. Being “optimistic” doesn’t make you successful. Without ability and aptitude, all of the hard work and focus will simply be wasted effort.

      Let me illustrate this with an extreme example.. Let’s say Pitt signs a WR. He runs hard and fast. He’s a wizard with the playbook. He’s a great route runner. The problem? He was born without arms. He would be a terrible WR, no?

      Our OL can work hard and learn the plays and still be bad– because they don’t have the ability to beat their opponents. A running back can run as hard as he can and still get tackled– because he’s not fast enough. A coach can stay focused and work hard– two things I truly believe Narduzzi does– and still fail miserably. I don’t care how hard our players work if they shouldn’t be on a P5 roster. I don’t care how focused our coaches are if they aren’t preparing the players for victory. Life is a “net sum” experience.

      In the words of Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

      As for giving up… Keep this in perspective. My “giving up” means watching games on tv, rather than attending live, and spending hundreds of dollars. I’ll still watch on tv and root. That sounds to me like the “full support” some of you give now.

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  14. The guys that think the game with PSU was close at the half are wrong.
    I knew after the first quarter that it was going to be an easy PSU win.
    Both of Pitt’s lines were utterly dominated.
    PSU had all day to throw.
    Pitt had zero. 3 PSU defenders on top of Picket as soon as ball snapped.

    The physical part of the game looked like PSU was playing a 1AA team at best.

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    1. The game WAS close at halftime. Pitt had a chance to be ahead. I was “optimistic”…

      But, they play 60 minutes (at least PSU did). And after 60 minutes, it was CLEAR that PSU has better players and better coaches.

      If anyone here tries to explain away a FORTY FIVE POINT LOSS.. you are suffering from delusions and should seek immediate medical treatment for the protection of yourself and those around you.

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      1. If by close you mean the score yesy it was. If you actually watched every play they were manhandling us but dropping passes that would have gotten big gains and scores.

        So Yeah 7-6 is close but that didn’t tell the story out on the field. Watch the game again if you recorded it…

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    2. Ike yes the game was close at the half. But I believe I saw the same with respect to our offensive line very early in the game. We were losing the battle on almost every play and as a result the Pickett passing game(if you call it that) was null and void from the onset. Yes we did break a few decent runs much like Hall broke a few decent runs last season. But in the end losing the battle on the line of scrimmage very rarely ends up with your team winning the game. It’s like a time bomb waiting to go off at any moment. And boy it really went off in the second half.

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  15. ^^ That’s a fairly drastic example Jay but I’ll roll with it. My theory is based on sports at all but life in general so we will take your poor boy born without arms. Yeah, I would say any aspirations of him playing wide receiver went out the window the second he was delivered. This young boy is challenged from the get go, is he going to give up? Or is he going to learn how to use his prosthetic limbs?

    I’ve seen great artists painting with their feet Jay. I’ve seen all kind of examples of people not giving up which btw, I was talking about you in paragraph #4. You haven’t given up imo, just smart enough to step back. Paragraph #1 was a compliment directed at you. #4 was for the ones who want to post non stop negative things about their team. It ain’t me. . . .ike

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  16. We have a total of eight players who have positive yardage on offense this season so far.

    Our receivers are averaging 8.6 yards per completion – our opponents 13.4

    Pickett is averaging 5.2 ypa and 8.3 ypc – worse than any Pitt QB in a long time (season is early yet but that’s scary).

    We have 5 punt returns for (-)3 yards. Our opponents have 2 for 38 yards. On the flip side we have 5 KO returns for 132 yards and our opponents have 4 for 94.

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  17. Key Offensive Stats

    Yards/Play 4.1
    Points/Play 0.081 One tenth of a point per play!!
    Rush Play % 70.27%
    Pass Play % 29.73%
    Completion % 50.00%
    3D Conv % 28.57% Less than 30% 3rd down conversion
    RZ Scoring % 33.33%

    Key Defensive Stats

    Opp Yards/Play 6.0
    Opp Points/Play 0.785 Almost one point per play.
    Opp Completion % 48.39%
    Opp 3D Conv % 36.36%
    Opp RZ Scoring % 100.00

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  18. I just looked at the drive chart since I missed most of the game. The D only gave up three TD’s through the 3rd quarter and had there share of stops. I think they died of exhaustion after the punt return. The offense couldn’t give them any breaks in the 2nd half. Pitt’s 2nd half possessions consisted of 3, 1, 3, 3, 3, 5, 4, 7 yard drives. The is both comical and sad.

    1st QTR:
    63 yard drive, TD
    missed FG, D held

    2nd QTR:
    punt, D held
    fumble recovery, D held
    punt, D held
    35 yard drive, TD

    3rd QTR:
    punt, D held
    40 yard drive, TD
    punt, D held
    punt, D held
    punt return, TD

    4th QTR:
    64 yard drive, TD
    61 yards, TD
    34 yards, TD
    Fumble, D held

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    1. That’s what 8 in the box will do when you can’t give your QB at least 2.5 seconds to drop back and throw. The OL crumbled on almost every pass play so PSU stacked against the run and we then couldn’t even do that.

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  19. Here is what the Defensive Guru has given us in four years…game where opponents scored over 40 against us:

    2015 – 42
    2016 – 45
    2017 – 59, 61
    2018 – 51

    Other HCs have done so also but they weren’t the Guru to beat all Gurus.

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    1. They will be better but in all honestly I don’t think PSU is the best team we will face by far. We’ll get torn up this weekend then again against ND and UCF. We’ll lose some closer games also –

      I’m still sticking with 5 wins.

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  20. lastrow..

    It says two things about you..

    That you’re a glutton for punishment AND that you live 20 minutes from Heinz Field..

    That said, if it didn’t take me 7 hours round-trip and $100+ dollars on tolls and gas and even more on food and lodging, I’d probably be tailgating, too.

    In fact, that’s really been my point. This program doesn’t deserve my Saturdays, let alone the ridiculous amount of money I spend to attend..

    And I go to A LOT of games..

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  21. avg star ratings over last 2 years
    Miami – 3.62
    Va Tech – 3.25
    NC St – 3.11
    NC – 3.03
    G Tech – 2.94
    Duke – 2.88
    Va – 2.75
    Pitt – 2.93

    Va Tech and Miami are consistently the best schools in the division at recruiting. They get 4-8 four star recruits each year and the occasional 5 star. Those schools have also won the division the most times.

    Pitt recruits on par with every other school in the division. Pitt’s avg is 2.78 stars this year…similar to Virginia, the perennial basement dweller. Pitts recruiting trend is down.

    Pitt will be hard pressed to win the division in most years unless it improves recruiting or can coach up these 2 and 3 stars. Pitt really needs to average a 3.3 to be successful in this division. That means 4-6 four stars every year.

    btw – schools like UCF and cincy have averaged around a 2.6 in a conference where the avg star is 2.2

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      1. Pitt was sightly above a 3 star last year. This year its 2.78 stars.per Rivals
        Pitt has 2 two stars this year. Last year Pitt had zero two stars and 1 four star
        The quality of 3 star recruits this year is also down if you look at the avg and offer list
        Pitt has rarely even approached 3.2 stars even in years where Pitt did get a couple of four stars (Wanny era). But remember, Pitt was in a weaker conference and competing against UConn, Rutgers and Cincy that had few if any elite recruits.
        Pitt has never approached the quality of Miami’s recruiting which explains why Pitt gets 1 win per decade against that school
        Pitt needs a coach that can recruit
        Pitt needs an offensive guru

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  22. Just watched some GT highlights…

    GT’s Marshall knows when to pitch and when to run. And, they’ve got a few counter type plays where two of the O linemen go the opposite way of the play initially then Marshall spins and heads that direction with two big blockers and lots of real estate.

    On the pitch plays, I’m assuming our D-ends will be responsible for the QB and the OLB (and CB) for the pitch man. The D-end will need help from the MLB and Safety with Marshall’s speed and quickness.

    If we can guess correctly, run blitzing could be effective at making Marshall make his decision to pitch or keep earlier. Then the rest of the D can attack the runner.

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  23. Hmmmm…Paris Ford in 3rd position on depth chart. Hope he is given an opportunity to play vs. GT.
    Hope hey aren’t trying to redshirt him. We need him now

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    1. He was redshirted last year. Get the kid on the field for some snaps, sure the offense could use some more playmakers. Put him in the slot, run some slot reverses with him. Line him up in the backfield, pre-snap, then motion him out….with the idea of getting him in some open space.

      Just get him on the field, perhaps he is a kid that plays much better when the Game Lights go on.

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  24. and Fran…

    I mean no disrespect. You’re a great Pitt fan. Just pointing out that for some of us, going to a Pitt game is a significant commitment of time and money, often without our families. I’ve been happy to do it for the last 17 years because of my love for Pitt and it’s football team.. I’m just saying this program no longer deserves that commitment.

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    1. You don’t get it Narduzzi grades on the X’s and O’s of practice. Those who score the highest get to play with talent not being a top priority. If you make mistakes in practice you will ride the bench.

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  25. I think we need to define what “failure” is concerning the Pitt football program. I seem to recall that it was 1951 or 52 when Ralph Kiner wanted a big Pirates contract. The tight fisted Pirates were in last place and told Kiner to take a hike, Branch Rickey saying “we can finish last without you”. If Pitt can spend no money and finish last in the ACC, but still pick up a $30 million check each year, who are we to judge??

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    1. its a problem when people stop donating and buying season tickets.
      Pitt walks a very fine line
      But this ACC check is welfare or charity for conference schools particularly those that just want to scrape by
      Hence, there is little incentive for Pitt to truly care and work hard at winning

      Florida State and Clemson view the ACC cash as beer money
      Pitt views it as an annual salary

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  26. Incredible that Brightwell is behind Zeise. I have no idea how Pitt continues to find these bone-headed coaches who don’t play the best players. Brightwell and Pine should be the two starting OLBs with McKee getting some snaps.

    More snaps for Hargrove and Ford at guard, or Houy at tackle with Bookser back to right guard.

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    1. Yep since we didn’t get Porter from NA, no reason to play Zeise anymore. Not that there ever was, other than as a favor to the old man. Which is crazy because the PG gives Pitt much more grief than relief.

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  27. • There was a lot of talk about the posse of wide receivers Pitt was developing this season. The posse has been ambushed. There have been 10 receptions by wide receivers in two games, and no one has more than senior Rafael Araujo-Lopes’ three for 50 yards. He was shut out by Penn State.

    More playing time for Shocky, who had the 2nd most Total Yards in the game for Pitt

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  28. Playing the guy who doesn’t makes mistakes is nothing new … I remember someone telling me that they talked with Wannstedt once about Todd Thomas. Wannstedt said he couldn’t put a young Todd Thomas on the field, despite his talent, because he would get beat deep by not being in the right alignment or misreading keys or something like that (he might have been playing safety at the time). As it turned out, Todd Thomas ended up being a very talented and successful player for us once he got older and more experienced, albeit at linebacker.

    Paris Ford redshirted last year, so he can’t redshirt again (unless there is a medical reason).

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  29. That’s incredibly bad, against Psux we had 4 catches by the WR’s.

    Shocky – 2 for 21 yards
    Mack – 1 for 9 yards
    Butler-Jenkins – 1 for 4 yards

    Pitt’s Low Octane Offense

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  30. Sure, the coaches don’t play the players that give them the best chance at winning? Narduzzi saying, sure we lost by 46 points but we played the players that we favor and like the best. Yeah that happens?

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  31. And that would mean: Pitt’s WR group had a dazzling 6 catches against lowly D2 Albany.

    For comparison, Rhode Island who slaughtered Albany this pas week.
    Their WR corp had 21 Catches for 306 Yards. 14.6 YPC

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  32. Pitt has proven with an offense and no defense that it can win 8 games. Should have actually won 10 those 2 years.
    Pitt has proven with no offense or defense that it will be lucky to win 5 games
    But even if Pitt had a stout D, you need to outscore your opponent.
    Offense always wins in college
    If you’re lucky enough to have a decent D and good O, you’re a BCS team

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  33. Absolutely Emel, there were many drops by psu, more in the second half I think. Same as dropped punt snaps and mishandled place kicking opportunities by PITT. PITT didn’t handle the weather very well at all. PITT could and played well enough to have been leading 13-7 at halftime.

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  34. Jay, my comment was not directed at anyone. Just saying I will be at the game. I opened my tailgates up to the POV because I wanted to. If folks show, great.
    But just for the record I left my house at 11:30am to hold a parking spot and got home at 1:30 am.

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  35. Pitt actually should have been leading at halftime, however, I agree with the others, if you watched closely the lines were getting dominated, and it was only a matter of time. That games over, no amount of bashing or nashing will change the result. Georgia Techs best back is out, well, so what. It’s a system offense, and that most likely means next guy up will just gash us.
    First game, low production was due to getting big lead and coasting. Second game, bad field conditions. No more excuses this time around. This is not a very good d they are going against. If they can’t put up numbers Saturday they are in huge,huge trouble.

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  36. Thanks Lastrow for your awesome POV tailgates!
    Iek, I think you’re right. We should of had 13 at half. The only problem is we would of lost 13-51 instead of 6-51. :<(

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  37. Thanks JoeK and that is all I said, the game was close at halftime and PITT could and should have been winning. I could see what was happening on the field. Yet considering all the scrambling I didn’t see psu doing much on offense either.

    Hey take away Sanders one long run, what did he average for the day? 3.5 ypc

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  38. Seems that our HC plays mind games with players and tries to coach up 2 and 3 stars and coach down 4 stars…Davis should get more PT at RB…I like Ollison a lot but he is more of a 3 yards and a cloud of dust runner. Davis has some shake and bake and is more likely to break off a long run. Still scratching my head about the 4th down call at the end of the first half. Is that the best play we had to run in that situation?

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  39. Gonna go out on a limb and predict we beat our point-a-quarter average we’ve had the last six quarters.
    On a gloomy day, I’m feeling optimistic, almost like Ike.

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  40. And as far as Tim Salem staying holed up in his office…I wouldn’t show my face either after that drubbing.
    In charge of the tight ends, right?
    How’d they make out on Saturday?
    Yup, better stay in the office until the next W.

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  41. Lock the Gates describes the hunker down mentality of barring media from practices and scrimmages so as not to reveal how atrocious segments of this team truly are.
    The mantra is quite apt.
    Kudos to HCPN.

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  42. So let me get this straight, Ollie runs 10 times for 97 yards in the first half against a 4 and 5 star front seven, and the offensive line did not block for him? I really don’t get it.

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  43. So if the recruiting is mainly getting 3 stars, then you need a HC and staff who can coach up their players where they show growth in their skills/fundamentals over their careers and run schemes to properly maximize their talents. Game day coaching and adjustments also are imperative to provide further advantages if you are playing teams with significant talent edges.

    This HC and staff woefully are lacking in these areas. There are HC’s across the country who are comfortable in their own skin and hire former HC’s as coordinators which provide solid staffs and give these head coaches a greater wealth of knowledge to better prepare their squads.

    I initially loved the hire of HCPN – but he’s in over his head. This administration needs to write a check to make him go away and allow Lyke the freedom to hit another homerun hire.

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    1. Narduzzi couldn’t even capitalize in recruiting after those wins. Beating Clemson was great but what was the final record again? Syracuse beat Clemson last year as well, how did things turn out for them?

      Canada and the offense beating PSU was great. If Narduzzi any clue on how to defend a spread offense we would have played in a New Years day bowl that year.

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  44. While it’s true that stats can be misleading, misused or misconstrued to prove a preferred narrative.. can we all at least agree to quote “actual” statistics?

    That’s not an unrealistic request, is it?

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  45. Jay91 & Lastrow – felt compelled to comment on “what does it say about me” dialogue.

    Certainly understand and respect your POV, Jay.

    I cannot speak for lastrow, but I can say that I’m neither a glutton for punishment nor do I live 20 minutes from the stadium. I just happen to like the entire experience of a home game weekend. I place as much value on the peripheral activities of the weekend – the tailgates, time with friends, taking in a different part of Pgh during each visit. When we win, it’s something to celebrate and we do – even if it’s a win that some others might say is not worthy of celebrating. Life is too short after all.

    Hey, different strokes for different folks.

    Lastrow – what it says about you is quite simple: you are an outstanding, all-weather Pitt fan.

    On a related note, check out this:

    http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/Fan-Happiness-Index/espn-college-football-fan-happiness-index

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  46. Concerning the “Fan Happy Index”. I live in Houston, TX ( where nobody cares about Pitt/PSU and I’m TOO EMBARRASSED to wear my Pitt gear this week because of that nationally televised prime time BEAT DOWN/DISASTER last Saturday night! :<(
    There are no relevant excuses for such a poor representation of Pitt Panther Football. NONE!

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  47. Didn’t Duzz say Paris Ford will be all over the field during pre-season or am I making that up ? or did Duzz make that up.
    Maybe he has been holding him back for the GT game…ya know, surprise ‘em !

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    1. BigB, more than a few of us mentioned that we pay no attention to his coach speak. Pay attention to what he is actually doing, not what he is saying.

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    1. That was not a rip on Wade. The fact is that Wade was not on a lot of tape for the Pitt coaches to see him. PN praised Miles Sanders up and down. It was more of a comment to a stupid question about a player the Pitt coaches had little film on.

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  48. JoeL, that’s how I feel also. I enjoy meeting fellow POVers in person. Made some new friends. Had POVers at my home…been to Richmans home and met Bernie in the Outer Banks.
    While the state of the program is certainly important to me it is secondary to my friends and family. That’s why I keep doing it.
    #UNLOCKTHETAILGATE
    Haha.

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      1. i’m just pointing out why their program is a cash cow and why they always schedule 7 home games and wanted a 2 for 1 with Pitt. Close to $40M in ticket sales alone.

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  49. Look at the teams with about the same average attendance. Pitt is pretty much where they should be. The similar teams have had the same lack of success.

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  50. I see the top RB at GT is injured. That should be a big advantage to Pitt….NOT. They could start the back-up RB from Atlanta Central High School and Narduzzi still will not be able to stop this offense.

    GT will score and eat clock. I see them putting up at least 28 points. The only hope is that their defense is pretty bad also. So if by some chance we have the ball last and the score is tied, we might win 31-28 on a last second FG (hey there is precedence for this against GT) . But more likely I see the offense struggling again and GT winning 35-14.

    Please , next time, don’t hire someone who is supposedly a “guru” coordinator. Hackett, Chryst, Narduzzi….all supposed guru’s. What a false bill of goods we got sold.

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  51. Having an OCS does not help attendance when you look at those numbers. There are teams on there in warmer climates with OCS that have crap numbers. If I could sit and watch a football game on a 50 degree December afternoon with an 0 – 8 team I would. Not so much when it is 30 degrees or below, LOL.

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      1. What’s interesting though, those schools are at least trying. Cal spent lots of $$$$ in Stadium Rebuild, as did Duke and Maryland. Wake’s was pretty new and i haven’t been Hootersville(uva) for quite some time

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    1. I know plenty of people have season tickets in the upper deck, maybe Pitt should limit sales up there to only the lower 10-15 rows and only offer single game tickets on that area and the lower bowl. Don’t know if it would help, but at least visually it keeps the attendees bunched together instead of spread all over the upper deck.

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      1. Larry – the cost to do that would be cheap as well. Instead of tarping it entirely, they could use “section closed” chains/ropes connected to the railings. Easy to set-up and breakdown and could be stored in the upper deck concourses.

        An issue with tarping is the setup and breakdown on the occasions (half a dozen/yr?) when there are back to back Pitt and Steeler games. And where would one store those things?

        Having said the above, I’m sure some folks who sit up there like being able to go up high to get out of the sun/rain.

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  52. I’m posing this strictly as a question. PITT plays GT @ 12:30 Saturday and the Steelers play at 1:00 Sunday. Would that be enough time to remove the tarp and what kind of extra manpower would be required to put the tarp on and take it of? Now I’m pretty sure this is a union job (over-time) and it may not be cost effective considering it is not a priority for PITT in the first place.

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    1. Eik,
      Very valid observation!
      Thx buddy. For me, when I watch a game and see large areas tarped off my first thought is “this team has no fans so they tarp half the stadium off.” Now, maybe that’s just me.

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  53. There are all kinds of creative things you could do, however, one of the major problems can never be solved. This is a pro football venue with comfortable individual seats. Yellow seats! If a group of 4-6 people don’t show you notice it. In most college settings there are bleacher, people just slide over and have more room. Nowhere near as noticeable. The stadium is built on the cheap, that’s unfortunate but true. Now that the ?North Shore is built up I wonder where the Steelers new field will go in 15 years? I always thought the Rooney’s would never leave the North side, but the longer it gets from the Old man, the less likely that continues. Will they then try to pawn off Heinz to Pitt? If not, where will we play? Will we still play? Long term strategic planning? Just askin.

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  54. Florence is baring down on the Carolina coast and we have lots of friends down that way (meaning the POV) Keep them all in your prayers and hope for the best. Good luck to you all. Not to diminish the situation at all but thought I would play a song while watching the weather channel.

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  55. When thinking about the Pitt football program, I have a theory and wonder what the POV community thinks: Heather extended Narduzzi’s contract with a purpose. Pitt has no stomach to go FB coach searching for a long while as they spend time and money to upgrade the other sports to compete in the ACC. (in fact, they took advantage of the 5-7 season to get him under contract with a very low future buy out as the contract winds down.) Thus, Pitt’s extension of Narduzzi was not an endorsement of Narduzzi’s current or future performance, but a recognition that the unexpected Stallings buy out timing and cost is still hanging over them while they have other issues to address. I believe that Pitt will keep Narduzzi for most or all of his contract, even if football is a perennial bottom dweller in the ACC, to avoid the effort and cost of a search for a new coach. Maybe ike or Reed have some inside intel on this. If so, what say you?

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  56. Pittman, I just think they need to cash a few ACC checks to get their heads above water. These checks will keep coming even if FB is a bottom dweller for a few years. I don’t know if nationally televised games such as Pitt/Pedo bring in additional money beyond the ACC check, but with the beat downs like this game I doubt the networks will rush to schedule Pitt.

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  57. Question: How long will the ACC give us to get our sports going in the right direction when schools are lined up hoping to get into the ACC?

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    1. Progress is slowly being made with Olympic sports. The new coaching hires are already making an impact.

      But among ACC schools, only Ga Tech and BC had worse overall sports programs last year. Per directors cup rankings.

      And Pitt academically is only significantly better than Louisville in the ACC. Per USNews. Pitt does rank better in WSJ.

      What schools would replace Pitt though. Cincy, wvcc, UConn, UCF? I think those schools would be fine additions if we move to a 20 team conference.

      Tex

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  58. Of course the Offensive Line had a couple of moments in the first half. BIG plays where Watson made the right call catching Penn State off balance and the Players executed.

    But starting with the very FIRST Offensive Series for Pitt, there were more times when Pitt’s O-Line was rendered ineffective and worse totally ABUSED.

    Go back and watch… particularly the Guards. On one play you’ll see #66 Herndon get STEAMROLLED while trying to block a Penn State Defender head on along the line of scrimmage. Then there’s #76 Dintino at times looking totally lost in space… his own.

    Sometimes the truth is in the details.

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  59. As to the question regarding the Narduzzi contract extension.

    Personally, don’t think Heather made the decision without some persuasion from CLUELESS Gallagher, possibly Juhl and the other Usual Suspects.

    Narduzzi has had Gallagher and Juhl completely fooled since the day he walked into the office asking for the job. Remember, Narduzzi was NOT one of the names recommended as a result of the search.

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  60. I didn’t remember that Narduzzi was not among the ones recommended for the job. I wonder who was ahead of him and if they turned the job down.

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  61. Pittman4ever… we couldn’t even win the feeble BigEasy 1 time… we have really fallen so far… I would a known entity in the south with a personality who could bring the VIBE… Duzz is just too cranky…if he is going to be a DICK- he’s gotta be a DICK. that wins !!! He has shown he’s not even a good D co-ordinator……

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        1. lol pretty close, Interstate 77 goes fairly close to Mt Airy, NC, which is the town Mayberry or Mt. Pilot was modeled after. Mt Airy has the Andy Griffin Theatre, nice little town.

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  62. PoD, you hit the nail on the head as to why it is a waste of time to think Narduzzi will leave anytime soon. If the boss is happy it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. The administration has identified part of the problem with the football program and it is the inconsistencies of how it’s been run in the not so distant past.

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  63. The ACC Network is set to launch next year. Pittsburgh is the 23rd largest TV market, and is in the 6th most populous state…The only way Pitt ever leaves the ACC is if Pitt decides to buy its way out and that is not happening for the same reason HCPN has zero chance of being fired in the next 2 or 3 years. ASU May be willing to throw double digit millions out the window for the football team, I don’t ever see Pitt doing so, nor should they.

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  64. Look Pitt is in a tough spot in interest with the casual fan especially that bomb that hit the program Saturday.

    Decisions have to be made on improving the program as the performance dictates interest. Narduzzi is not a marketing coach and that is a problem. Majors sold him and the program and even then many games were not packed. The facts are Pitt is not a sleeping giant in football. With the WPIAL in decline, the prospects are not nearly as favorable. However the athletic department as a whole is upgrading across the board and PItt BB is the sleeping giant as to local sports and interest.

    But the ACC cash and better decisions at least give hope that Pitt can turn some corner here. Look around college football and the attendance is declining with rare exception. Pitt has to be realistic here. Pitt football is not a front burner event in Pittsburgh. . Build the 45K OCS or work out a deal with Carnegie Mellon to utilize that space.

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        1. At some point Heinz will either be refurbished or replaced. It is now year 18 and just how long will Heinz be around? So why not be proactive here and build a OCS and keep cost around 300 million. Now the usage is the usage but looking at the math, selling one time BitPCS for a range of 1K to 3K for say 30K seats brings in 60 million. So either you have a fund for up keep and debt service or lower the cost of investment. Pitt pays 1 million for Heinz. Great deal. But don;t you think the optics is a killer. Supply demand is now far better and with ancillary revenue food, merchandise can also add needed revenue. You also have corporate boxes, and say an increase of 50% in ticket pricing for a new and improved Pitt owned stadium and you have at least the way to do this and not really impact cash flow on a yearly basis.

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  65. Jay, as Reed explain, we haven’t been able to hook up, yet I am very appreciative before it’s in my hands Thank You again. Now, it’s my fault because I didn’t make the game vs Albany, not Reeds fault. Reed and I will probably talk soon and we will figure something out.

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  66. Pitt is still trying to find the money for Stallings. Pitt will not eat an even larger buyout. Pitt will do nothing unless it gets so bad that ticket holders don’t renew.

    I think if paid attendance drops to 30k, Pitt will be forced to make a change because at that point their overall athletic department is probably running a deficit.

    But that doesn’t mean that Pitt won’t make staff and tactical changes. I would get rid of both coordinators. I would bring in new recruiters and a new philosophy.

    Narduzzi won’t have the final say with staff hires. Narduzzi will have little to do with recruiting. If he doesn’t like it, he can leave.

    Tex

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  67. I think Pitt will be perfectly happy with a 6-6 season and a bowl game, win or lose. This will go on for a while for the reasons I previously mentioned.

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    1. I think only 4 or less win seasons will force Pitt to make a change. At that point, Pitt will be lucky to have 30k paid tickets and will probably only get 20k actual butts in the seats.

      The ACC money gives them a cushion. But just think what more Pitt could do if the football program generated a nice profit.

      Pitt needs an AD that knows how to maximize revenues. That’s ticket sales, donations, concessions, parking, merchandise, licensing and naming rights, sponsorships.

      If you spread out that ACC check evenly across all of Pitts programs, you have about $1.5 million for each program. That check alone pretty much covers sports like tennis or cross country. But doesn’t come close to covering sports like woman’s basketball, men’s baseball or soccer. Expenses rise each year at Pitt.

      Staff salaries, travel, scholies, insurance, recruiting, facility maintenance, upkeep, improvements and utilities, debt payments, marketing, etc

      Again, Pitt can’t afford to have the football program fail. It helps pay the bills.

      Tex

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  68. Ikester… Gallagher is a total NERD and lifelong Government BUREAUCRAT conditioned to living off the TAXPAYER DIME who does NOT have a clue as to how to run anything that needs to be successful or profitable on its own merit.

    Not a good enough reason for me to surrender to SOP!

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  69. Tex,
    The problem is the DUZZ is the FACE of the program. It’s apparently a FACE that high school recruits, high school football coaches, fans, Cupka’s, etc. are not comfortable with. Sad.

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    1. I have an extra bedroom if you need some place to stay, although if it gets bad we probably won’t have electricity either as Duke Energy is warning.

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  70. PoD, that makes sense and more to the point as to why he doesn’t want to make changes I guess. Buying Narduzzi out after Stallings is a mighty expensive cross to bare. Now it the big-time donors become to unhappy??

    Emel, not speaking for the Big Bopper but I know he is staying home. Aside from you two, we have some others down there and hope for the best for all.

    Reed, when is your surgery again. I think early Oct, maybe the 4th? ike

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    1. A plausible cause for the reason my Tarhole friends can’t seem to spell Pittsburgh.
      Its either that or the effects of inhaling backroad dust and oil vapor.
      As they like to say down in the South, “bless their hearts”.

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      1. I read somewhere Pittsburgh, didn’t add the ‘h’ till like early 1900’s or thereabouts.

        We must have been inhaling the mill fumes or drinkin too much of that River water 🙂

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        1. almost all cities in the US that ended in “burgh” dropped the “h” to differentiate themselves from the British Empire- who pronounce it not as “burg” but rather as “boro.” As time went on some cities decided to add it back on, while others did not (Greensburg, for example.)

          I am sure most of you knew that, but for those that did not I thought they might Lyke to know.

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  71. A big target for PN’s recruiting is declaring his commitment at 2pm today

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Mullen_7era/status/1040241337113690112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1040241337113690112%7Ctwgr%5E373939313b73706563696669635f73706f7274735f616374696f6e&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpittsburgh.forums.rivals.com%2Fthreads%2Ftiawan-mullen-announcing-at-2pm.137112%2F

    Here’s a 4* Cornerback who has Pitt as “high” interest …Taiwan Mullen who visited Pitt back in June with all the other FL kids.

    But he just came back from visiting Nebraska (a second but unofficial this weeken…which means he paid his own way) and Indiana.

    We’ll see how this goes but if I was betting I’d take his going to Nebraska

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  72. Black-man posted this comment about Reed: “Exactly. You are the only one to call this guy out.”
    ++++++++++++++++++

    Reed is the man for that job. Wait until PITT loses this 4* corner-back. hoo boy.

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  73. Emel, having a beer and lunch with my buddies in Elizabeth City…. might be busy next week surveying the Flo’s aftermath when we can get on Topsail Island locates 1/2 way btw Morehead City and Wilmington!

    Watching the performers on the weather channel acting like a 50mph wind is bowing them over… Jim Cantore- Go Home !!!

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    1. Yep, BigB…..they hype these things almost as much as the Super Bowl. Saw some videos of peeps going Ape sh*t in Durham at a Walmart, all based no doubt on hype from the media clowns.

      Yea I know where Topsail is, use to vacation a lot on Emerald Isle near Morehead.

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  74. BigB has a lot of ballast and won’t be blown out like our Panthers.

    Pray for the wild horses of Shackleford Banks off Morehead City… every storm I worry more about those beautiful animals who are left
    to fend for themselves on a sandbar the probably is 15 above sea level at its highest elevation… somehow the have managed to survive for several 100 yrs… there will be losses

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    1. Devonshire isn’t coming here. It took Narduzzi a Loooong time to offer him. Plus he’s local, Narduzzi is not exactly firing on all cylinders with top locals. Probably WVU bound.

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  75. So the problem, might not have been Conklin after all. Much as typing that pains me. Cause he wasn’t drawing up the D Scheme anyway. He was just a sort of a Caretaker Coach.

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  76. POD I have always disagreed with you-but I am starting to agree with about 5% of what you are saying.
    Even though PN could destroy ISIS and you would complain that he didn’t have enough 4* generals or had a bad scheme during the raid.

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  77. I looked Devonshire up and you have to read this bit about a conversation PN had with him and his father…

    Devonshire Sr. said that the recent interest was a topic of conversation with Narduzzi after Sunday’s camp.

    “We talked to him for about an hour in his office. We had a solid conversation with a lot of open conversation where we could say whatever, some of the questions were, ‘What was the change?’ as far as not recruiting him to now recruiting him. Where do we stand? Where do we fit in?

    “In all honesty, he put it on the changes on the staff, the evaluation of the new guys coming in and a new system and kind of a refocusing locally. He said that some of the previous guys wanted guys out of the south; now you have guys wanting this homegrown talent to stop getting away, like, ‘Let’s make it work for us’ – that kind of thing.”

    https://pittsburgh.rivals.com/news/devonshire-has-an-important-talk-with-narduzzi

    WTF? All Narduzzi has been doing is targeting southern recruits this year.

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    1. I read that article as well and if you consider today’s decision in light of everything Chris Peak mentioned –

      4 star player
      interest in a winning culture
      schools interested in him were most all of the BigTen and the ACC

      the question that really jumps out is “Why Indiana?”

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    1. Devonshire and his father just want Narduzzi to kiss their rear ends so they can tell him no. I’m sure he knows that. Marlin was never interested in PITT.

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  78. I enjoy watching GT’s offense. When it works, it’s a thing of rushing the football beauty.

    Pitt gave up 484 yards of offense to GT last year with 435 of those yards on the ground. We lost the game 35-17. And, Pitt recovered four GT fumbles, so the score could have been worse. Benson, the GT RB who got hurt last week and is out for the season, accounted for approximately 200 yards of the rushing total. That’s good for us, but the backup is evidently pretty good.

    Pitt went into last year’s game using their base 4-3 defense. I’m expecting (more like hoping) for a 3-4 but with a couple LBs close to the line of scrimmage so it would resemble a 3-4 / 5-2 hybrid. USF stacked the two LBs a fair amount of the time so their defense resembled a 5-1-1.

    We shall see if bates can come up with a scheme and motivate his troops…

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  79. Hey guys you are being way too hard on The Duzzy…

    He will be tweeting anytime now a Scholarship offer to a 5th grade CB flag football phenom from North Allegheny and end it with a HTP!!!!

    WE GOT THIS!!!!!

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    1. Just today, Narduzzi said he still doesn’t know what went wrong with the coin toss. This guy doesn’t have a clue. He’s the head coach, its his responsibility to find out what went wrong. He and his cheap staff are not paying attention to detail.

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  80. Boy, there are several questions I’d like to ask about this program, but Ike is right on this point, you have to wait. Yup, but this is fair warning, if they tank this week, well, you can kiss a winning record goodbye and it will be open season.

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  81. grizzly1…

    “My apologies Jay91, according to the Trib Ollie ran for 125 yards in the first half. My bad.”

    And he did so (I believe) on 19 carries.. for a very good 5.6 average. However, that is far from 10 carries for 97 yards– a 9.7 average. And when you discount the one 63-yard dash, he was 18 for 62, which is a very pedestrian 3.4 YPC.

    My point is that you tried to “pooh pooh” many observers’ assessments that the OL looked bad by pointing to a 9.7 YPC in the first half when, in fact, he was averaging 3.4 YPC outside of a big run.

    If we want to cherry pick stats to prove a point, let’s at least get those facts straight.

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  82. David Dellett.

    “He will be tweeting anytime now a Scholarship offer to a 5th grade CB flag football phenom from North Allegheny and end it with a HTP!!!!”

    No, he won’t. He’ll target a 2 star 5th grader out of Florida.. We all know 2 star kids out of Florida are WAY better than 4 star players from the WPIAL. I read that here all the time. LMFAO

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  83. We could all laugh about this if it weren’t such a tragedy. It is hard to measure all of the damage from the Pedo game. The Nitters are looking 4/5 years ahead to the recruiting wars after Pitt leaves the schedule. They want to tell future recruits that Pitt is a second rate program, and the scores tell the story. You can bet that they will try to run up the score next year as well.

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  84. You want to see Narduzzi acting like a moron? Watch his presser today, he expounds by hitting the table with his hands and fist when the mic’s and camera on it. Looks like he’s conducting the interview during an earthquake.

    Yes he talks about the coin toss and explains it perfectly. Very obvious.

    Another idiotic statement by Narduzzi, it’s about the coin toss as well. He says, maybe the captain should forget about the word defer and just say defense. That’s as crazy as not putting a kick-off returner back to field a kick-off like he did 3 years ago. Hopefully they talk about that! ike

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  85. Rockymtn… yeah, Bates with tons of experience at NW in the Big10 defending against an option running game… that scared me…

    Might join Mehalovic and Medwid and win back some of my PSU travel expenses…

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    1. BigB – I believe that Bates only defended the triple option/veer option/flexbone spread option once in his tenure at Northwestern in a losing cause against Army. I may be wrong, but I think that I read that somewhere.

      On the plus side: 1) most of Pitt’s 2-deep D played in the GT game last year and should better understand their assignments; 2) Benson is out for GT; 3) Pitt should have something to prove this week after last week’s shellacking; 4) our CBs will be one on one (island) with the GT receivers as the SS and FS are needed to defend the run, but GT’s receivers are average so we should be able to cover them for the most part.

      On the minus side: 1) when GT throws the ball, they often send a RB over the middle or down the sideline and we will have a LB covering the deep ball in those instances; 2) We haven’t proven that we can stop GT’s run game when Marshall is the QB; 3) Our D will be worn out in the 4th quarter; 4) we will have to throw the ball to win. But, Watson will want to stick with the ball control running game too long and we will run out of time and come up short on points.

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  86. Stayed in Topsail in 1966, then again about a dozen years ago. It hadn’t changed much. Too many hurricanes had stopped investment and development. Looks like they are getting hammered again.

    Mother nature is a mean mother sometimes.

    Played golf on a swampy course today. Nine inches over the weekend.

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  87. Wouldnt it be nice if NCAA football was more like the NFL?

    Non-playoff teams would all get first dibs at recruiting all the 4 and 5 star athletes
    There would be a salary cap so high revenue schools couldnt just pay their way to win

    But the way its set-up now, Pitt is destined to be mediocre at best.

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  88. I really wonder, what goes thru a man like Narduzzis head when he keeps losing recruit after recruit? Then he starts losing them to programs that in no way can be considered blue blood? Does he look at himself and his staff? Does he blame Pitt as a hopeless situation? I’m a little concerned, as he refused to change his d, even when he got the same results year after year. Does he look at starting 16 seniors, and lay awake at night thinking how bad it will be next year? He must realize if this continues he will never get another shot at being a head coach. He has to care, no one with that size ego doesn’t care, but does he know what to do about it?

    Does Heather know what to do? Does she have a long term plan for football? What corrective actions can she take without the drastic solution of firing the coach? What does she do about the fact that the staff doesn’t have a dynamic recruiter? Has she looked at the historical attendance figures and realized a difficult OOC schedule does nothing to increase numbers, and that she doesn’t currently have a program which can successfully compete with that type of schedule? Does she have, or is she compiling a short list of coaches who may better meet goals? If the year gets away from them, will she be able to have a come to Jesus meeting with the Duzz.

    What level of performance will be embarrassing enough for administration to make necessary changes, or, and this is what I fear, will they say heck on it? I don’t think their pride will allow it to come to that, but I’m not positive. I do firmly believe the Duzz gets another year unless he resigns, as they don’t have the stomach for another coaching change.

    Could a 6-6 season change my mind, Yup. They must, Isay must, beat Tech this week to have any chance of that occurring. I will be rooting hard for that to happen. I’m not optimistic, but again, wait and hope. H2P

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    1. Joe … the Penn State game said it all. It was not a snowball of errors under bad conditions. It was proof of atrocious coaching and horrible recruiting and is unrecoverable by the team.

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  89. JoeKnew, as an independent business we do no commercial marketing but depend entirely on these 3 words WORD OF MOUTH. Do our job well starts with being genuinely kind, caring, trustworthy and producing results. If those results can’t be achieved our payltient know we have our best effort. WORDOF MOUTH – the 3 most important words in marketing and selling yourself…someone tell Narduzzi before it’s to late.

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  90. Call me an optimist (even after last weeks debacle), but I think Pitt wins this game and gains some confidence back. Not saying Pitt wins 6, 7, or 8 games…I don’t know what to expect, but I think a better team shows up Saturday. I’m not ready to give up on this season, and if we win, which I think we do bounce back, I think it’s at the least a good start in the conference. The coastal isn’t that good (nor are we) but it all begins on Saturday at home. Psu game…an embarrassment. Agreed. But I’m willing to give them one more chance. If they lose Saturday, that’s really it. I’ll jump aboard the pitfall train. But I’m going to stick around and find out.

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  91. Remember that big group of recruits who visited in June? There were two 4* recruits. One justcommitted to Indiana and fuel the RB Carter is picked to go to Kansas state. But check out the schools we lost the other recruits to:

    Iowa
    Vanderbilt
    Kentucky
    Indiana
    Duke
    Purdue

    Not exactly powerhouses

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    1. Purdon’t is 0-2 this year (just got beat by lyke Eastern Michigan) and in the Last 10 years…the Purwho’s have had 2 winning seasons.

      How do you lose a recruit to the Purwho’s ?

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      1. Btw the 2 anomalies were 7-6 seasons. 18 Bowl Trips in Purwho History. Also regularly play to half empty home games. Although there isn’t much to do in West Lafayette.

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  92. All you need to know about “The Kickoff that Wasn’t.”

    “I wasn’t even sure if they (Team Captains) knew. I said, ‘Do you guys know what defer means? Just say you want to play offense or defense; that’s it, that’s all you have to say. They’ll figure it out from there. Just tell them you want to play defense.’ That’s my fault.”

    Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi

    Also goes a long way to explain the CHAOS it must be on Pitt sidelines on Gamedays.

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  93. I really do not like PITT this week, seriously speaking. < tough match-up imo. I guess I’m skittish at this point. I just can’t take another week of this lynch mob mentality, warranted or not. It’s redundant.

    I just hope we see some hope but I doubt some even have an open enough mind if it does happen to admit it if PITT plays a good game? Yeah, there is something wrong with me? ike

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  94. Interestly enough, just read batko, and he had the same Pitt score I just wrote- not that he was even close last week (like anyone else), but I’m holding onto the last bit of hope and optimism I have for this season

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  95. Ike.

    In the words of Cris Carter, “C’mon, man!”

    “Lynchmob mentality”? If Pitt plays well and wins, I’ll give them their due, as will most on here. If Pitt squeaks by a GT team that frankly has yet to play well this season, I’ll say that, too. And if they lose again, I’ll point out that they lost a game they needed to win to be over .500.

    This team is NOT trending well. So, if everyone says that they are a lynch mob? That’s silly. If Pitt wins by 2 touchdowns and executes well and people don’t give them credit then I’ll be right there with you.

    But as of now, you’re like the parent of the QB that fumbles twice, throws three picks and completes 40% of his passses and says, “He played well. You guys are just out to get him.”

    We stink. Maybe we’ll get better. I don’t think we will. You’re right that noone can predict the future but use your head, man.

    I don’t criticize Pitt or Narduzzi because I hate them. I do it because they’re BAD. And loving Pitt doesn’t change it.

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  96. I want to be a POV’er that puts my money where my mouth is…

    I tried to go back and look for my 2018 Pitt record (W-L) prognostication and could not find it. (I looked through most of Nov./Dec. entries couldn’t find it).

    So I decided to recreate it and have it upfront to either be flamed or revered (I kid on the revered part btw). I was pretty pessimistic in my assessment but as a reminder:

    Sat, Sept 1 vs Albany W
    Sat, Sept 8 vs PSU L
    Sat, Sept 15 vs Georgia Tech W
    Sat, Sept 22 @ North Carolina L
    Sat, Sept 29 @ UCF L
    Sat, Oct 6 vs Syracuse W
    Sat, Oct 13 @ Notre Dame L
    Sat, Oct 27 vs Duke W
    Fri, Nov 2 @ Virginia L
    Sat, Nov 10 vs Virginia Tech L
    Sat, Nov 17 @ Wake Forest W
    Sat, Nov 24 @ Miami L

    This is based on memory so forgive me. I believe my thoughts were we would win with HFA against Georgia Tech and lose at UNC on the road. I have been told (and have come to agree with experience) that you should always consider a win against a team you shouldn’t beat and a loss against a team you should beat (general rule of thumb).

    So even if this weekend turns up as a loss…perhaps it is the loss for a team I expected to beat. Looking at UNC being 0-2 perhaps that is a W. Regardless, neither result this weekend will lead me to suggest my prognostication is at risk.

    Dave Dellett

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  97. Well, even though I am HORRIBLY disappointed with this coaching staff and team performance, I will be at Heinz this weekend for my only trip of the year. I will,be there with my brother and buddy (who actually attended both Ga Tech and Pedo graduated from neither and joined the army). If any one is going to attend, I will buy lots of alcohol for everyone…we’ll need it.

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    1. I hope we win for both our sake and your sake, cause it’s really a bummer when you can only go to 1 game a year and we lose.

      I can’t remember the last time I came up for Home Game and we won. I was at Pitt’s 1st ACC game and that was a game to remember. 58-55. My Birth Year and my Age, at the time.

      Tom Savage was just incredible that day !

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      1. Thanks Emel! I felt that win or lose last week (I actually prayed for them to win…God laughed at me) they would lose this week. Let down either way. Anyway, with 3 young kids, my time is no longer my own. I chose this weekend because the Steelers are in town as well. I hope to at least get a split between the 2 teams…optimism is not high for that to happen…

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  98. Still say 3/9 at best this year and we are trending for the toilet bowl and I do not mean a football game! The problem at Pitt can not be solved by an OC stadium when the problem is loosing games and all the inherent causes. Good night because I must leave this subject completely.

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  99. ^^ Emel, yes, that is my dearly departed best friend Gus. A chocolate lab who passed after his two brothers both left a few years earlier. It feels empty here but we get our kids dogs fairly often. They remind us both we don’t want another dog, it hurts to bad to lose them. Thanks..

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  100. I’m still of the mind we win no less than five games.

    Funny thing about predictions. The national media all had us at 5 wins or less; the local media all had us at 7 wins or more. Except for Rossi.

    Against PSU all national media had us losing (some by a big score) while the local media all had us winning…again save Rossi.

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  101. Reed, A season is made up of 12 games not one and especially an OOC game. Would have loved a win or even a closer game but that didn’t happen. boo

    Like I said yesterday, I really do not like PITT in tomrrow’s game at all. GT is so hard to stop because they use all 4 downs throughout the game in their possessions. That means all they have to do is gain 2.5 yards per down, which doesn’t sound all that daunting. What this means to PITT is, they have to stop GT when they have a negative play such as a penalty, an in-completion or a good play and a stop by PITT on a particular down. Johnson will go for it on fourth down in his territory so it makes it difficult to stop them.

    To beat GT it takes discipline so we will see if Narduzzi has instilled any of that in this years team? This game also puts a lot of pressure on Pickett and the offense. They will have to score and score a lot. PITT will also have to stop with the mistakes but who didn’t know that. Can they do it? ?? I have doubts and this point in time . . …ike

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  102. 1st ACC game was against Fla State and stripes ( though incorrect) returned to our helmets..

    Emel, I think the 58-55 game was against the Blue Devils in Durham

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