ACC Coastal on the line!  Can we do it?

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606 thoughts on “Pitt-Wake Forest Open Game Thread

  1. Sorry for the late posting of the comments thread folks. Lets see if we can bring home this championship!

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  2. Wake sure seems to have our running game figured out. Need to change it up. Team sounds flat (i am on radio…game is black out but trying to work around that)

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  3. Narduzzi is getting out coached. The offense has no answer….and I hate when Pickett rolls out for a pass. The blocking is crap today too.

    I hope they’re up next week for an angry Miami team….

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  4. Well, the coaching battle is one sided. Wake has thrown a little different scheme at them and they are clueless. Let’s see if they can adjust. Won’t be able to win just throwing outs and jet sweeps to get them out of box. Looks like Wkae is playing their 2 nose tackles together.

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  5. According to Bostic they are picking gaps and we can overcome that with misdirection. Lets see if Watson can adjust. We really need to execute in the passing game.

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  6. Pitt O looking like their first incarnation from earlier this season. Or their incarnation that appeared in the loss to Va Tech at the goal line last year.

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  7. Why are we putting our nickel corner on their best reciever? 2nd time Coleman has been covering dortch. And now we are offsides. Sure is good their QB is off. Pat clearly does not have these guys ready. Well can’t say i didn’t expect it.

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  8. Good thing their QB is off too or this game would be a laugher….for them that is.

    Another bad offsides for a free play on 3rd down. They look like they did when they played UNC.

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  9. Maybe we should think of blocking sometime soon. Free releases into our gaps by Wake all day. Pitt needs to go all shotgun to get Wake out of this gimmick defense!

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  10. Sounds like some homer refs out there. To be expected on Tobacco road. Man I hate the state of North Carolina.

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  11. Man these guys are self destructing…

    How about an unsportsmanlike on the helmet-to-helmet on Ollison?

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  12. Best play of the half (Besides Ffrench’s catch) was that 71 yard punt.

    Dag Gone Narduzzi better dang well adjust at halftime.

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  13. Pitt had the ball for almost 21 minutes to Wakes 9 and we lead in Total Yards…205 to 151, other than that one Wake drive late in the 2nd Q, they have done little. So the game is still there to be won

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  14. This is pretty much the game I expected today. No, not the low scoring game but the evenness of the game. Never expected a PITT blowout that’s for sure. So I’m discouraged with the offense but encouraged with the defense. Problem is…. PITT is down by four. Bad missed extra point.

    All this being out-coached crap is plain silly and as I read and identify where the comments come from I’m never surprised. I would say my biggest disappointment so far in this game are the crappy uniforms. They suck.

    It’s a 4 quarter game so I’ll wait before I start back with all the…….. “THIS TEAM SUCKS/NARDUZZI SUCKS TALK”.

    PITT has twice as much clock possession and more yardage than WF. Let’s be real here. Oh yeah the score is real and not so good. So wring your fingers in anguish and think the worst… ike

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    1. yes but to the point of my post two days ago, we are completely beating ourselves today. Erase those penalties and the miscues and we are in the lead here, or at the very least tied, 10-10;

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    2. I’m starting to love Narduzzi, no matter how he coaches the games. The way he runs discipline and the way he loves and treats his players. (did you see the Paul Zeise interview about Narduzzi?)

      Heather Lyke is A+ in my book so far. By FAR the best AD in my life. Not much competition though, lol.

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  15. I said this before: all this talk about division titles, and they were not taking WF seriously. Pitt favored on the road is never good, and clearly this team was not ready to play. The penalties are proof of that. Narduzzi beter instll some fight in them for the second half, or we are headed for a 6-6 season after next week.

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  16. HAH. Kickoff out of bounds. The ineptitude continues. I’m telling you guys this is not going to end the way we want it.

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  17. Told you they’d be a bunch of holding calls. VT was really complaining after the game. The BoJangles league doesn’t nothing if not look out for their own. That aside, no answers so far.

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  18. If we lose to Wake and N Alabama on the same day. Well I don’t do anything rash, but it would pretty much ruin my day.

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  19. Look even if we pull it together and beat wake, or lose today and beat Miami. We are going to get torched by Clemson. Ugh.

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  20. I think Pickett is going to have to win this one for us. I also think he is capable of it as long as the blocking holds up.

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  21. Not that I wanted a nailbiter, but being forced to show growth in the passing game could be a positive long-term IF Pitt can hold on. This drive will be telling. Pitt should be wearing Wake’s D down just a bit — they’ve been on the field all game. Time to capitalize Panthers!

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  22. What Dortch goes out and ow that we don’t know who to cover?

    Lets finish strong boys. Coastal championship is yours to lose.

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  23. Seriously I felt one of our big long plays coming on, but just assumed it would be one of our patented big long Darren Hall runs. Lol.

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  24. Pickett 21-27, 284 YDS, 2 TD

    Mack 3 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD

    He’s going to need to throw for over 300 if we are going to win this one.

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  25. Great call on the Wildcat….we got this one now with the running game going I’d say….

    Man I want this win now so we can relax going into Miami.

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  26. So question for you guys who can actually see the game. Are these holding calls for real? Because Pat Bostic’s head is about to explode.

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    1. Actually the fact that we would in the ACC championship game would make them likely to rank us, if only to make the game seem more interesting.

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  27. Dane Jackson had a rough start, but he’s really stepped it up on the 2nd half. Great football player.

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  28. The championship and the bowl game will count too, but I’d like to see him do it during the season

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  29. Again, with the opponents players going down in the second half. Hope these players aren’t seriously hurt, but love Pitt’s physical identity.

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      1. Yea I’m talking about the opponet’s injury. I hope they are hurt enough to come out of the game, but I don’t wish ill on their career ya know.

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  30. OK, who all (besides Ike & Narduzzi) predicted we’d be Coastal champs with one game to go and the BB team would be undefeated at the same time?

    We have 2 very good coaches in place and a great AD.

    Hear that “LET’S GO PITT?”

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  31. Wish I had actually put my prediction in earlier, thought Pickett would throw for 300+, but figured people would think i was drunk and not take me seriously. Agree with Ike’s earlier comment…why are we fans such haters on our team?

    Side note- my season prediction I believe was Pitt 8-4, with a loss to Clemson in the championship game and a Bowl win. I would like to amend that if possible- we will BEAT Clemson, but lose the bowl game

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    1. lol…You gotta put it all out there to get full credit Villa. Like the fact that you piped up now though. Hail 2 Pitt!

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  32. Pat and Bill saying the Bill Hillgrove bobblehead brought them luck during the second half. I say they keep it with them for the rest of the season.

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  33. Wife has hotel booked for Charlotte after the Va Tech game, need to get tickets now.?Anyone going to Miami next week? Looking to see what hotel people are at. We have rooms at Springhill next to stadium, but not sure if we want to stay there… was looking at Turnberry, but looks like it is sold out now.

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  34. TRUST THE PROCESS!! A thought that was scoffed at by many.

    SEE YOU IN CHARLOTTE!! A thought that was scoffed at by many.

    Yeah , I can’t help myself for saying I told you so..

    Narduzzi being out-coached today? Maybe a bit premature? ike

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  35. Just another Victory Saturday, nothing to see here folks, move along….NOT!!!!

    WooHoo! ACC Coastal Division Champs! History is made!

    What a day, what a week. The Women’s Vballers win the ACC tourney, Pitt Men Hoopters survive a bad shooting day, and oh yeah Charlie Brown, the football team drives a dagger into SOP’s heart.

    Only saw bits and pieces of the football game – no one killed Kenny, in fact he killed the Deacon’s. This team is peaking at the right time, kudo’s to the kids and coaches. Nice to see a multi dimension offenses, excited to watch the replay later on.

    And big shout out to all the Pitt faithful who made the trip to Wake – we could hear you on the radio and the TV. Nice job.

    H2P

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  36. Last year, I had a feeling that Narduzzi would possibly be one of Pitt’s greatest coaches…and I said so. This year after the NC loss, I went back on my feelings and apologized for being overly hopeful. Call me a bandwagon fan (though never with Pitt), I’m beginning to believe that my original hutches were correct. Narduzzi is having me believe again…And to think how Pitt’s defense is looking ever so much better is pure delight!

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  37. Late game pan of the crowd shows the Pitt faithful chanting “Lets Go Pitt”. And who is right in the middle waiving the WUP flag? None other than own own Big B, aka Bernie.

    HCPN compliments the Pitt fans in the post game interview.

    SOP: Incinerated

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  38. Dan Marino and Jimbo Covert were at the game — they just interviewed them on the radio post-game show… Both said nice things about Coach Duzz…

    Go Pitt — Coastal Champs!

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  39. That one-handed catch by Ffrenchy was one of the best you’ll see.

    Great to see Ffrenchy, Mack, and Ra-Ra step up so much when the running game was stifled…

    H2P

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  40. Pat Bostic on the post-game admitting he’s emotional after this great win. Good stuff.

    “Over fate and foe victorious…!”

    Go Pitt.

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      1. Well, on all but the last holding call, you could see a Pitt blocker tugging on a shirt – so they were legit calls.

        The issue is why no holding calls against Wake?

        Took quite an obvious and blatant foul to get a flag on Wake…

        Go Pitt.

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        1. Yep they had to call that since they also ripped Carter’s head off and it was obvious on video. You can’t tell me though, that there wasn’t some acc homerism working against Pitt today. Game would have been a much larger ROUT !

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            1. You sir, have never lived in the South I take it. And you’ve obviously never witness this blatant homerism for UNC & Duke basketball I take it. no sir you are ridiculous.

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              1. Again, you have no idea where the refs are from and can only surmise that Pittsburgh is North so they must get all the calls against them. What happens when pitt plays bc?, you can certainly believe what you want.

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  41. The PITT players and coaches did the same thing today they have doing for the past 5 weeks, not giving up. It’s what winners do. Food for thought fellow commenters. Don’t give up!! Like the PITT fans that went down south and brought home a BigB win ike

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  42. Well, the Duzz was in fact outcoached the first half. Wake threw a garbage D at him and there were no answers. YPC were terrible. KP throwing a lot of 8 ya passes when he needed 12. BUT, they made the needed adjustments. I don’t think anyone was wrong with those observations on the first half. And most have given credit where it was due. People yet so very invested in the game and the program. Just stuff fans do. H2P

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        1. The only one they called was the blatant face mask call when his helmet was torn off. Should have gotten a targeting call on the guy who hit him the head with his helmet off.

          I think our center got injured because of the joke penalty that negated a TD before Watson had to call that play where he got hurt.

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        1. You really think the refs have an agenda to make calls against Pitt because Pittsburgh is above the mason Dixon line?? What happens when we play bc???

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          1. Never thought of it as a north/south thing. I think it’s more of the new kid on the block. The old guard is suspicious and harder on the new guys. Dark side of tradition? Maybe, but it’s part of what makes tradition, too. Pitt is the only new addiction to the ACC that is a historically powerful, legendary team. ‘Cuse. too, to some extent. Pitt in particular will have to earn respect. It will come.

            Or maybe it just that every team I root for gets more bad calls.

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  43. We need UCF to beat our old nemesis Cincinnati tonight so we might have a chance to crack the Top 25. Of course if we beat Miami we’ll be ranked then for sure going into the Clemson game.

    Maybe not being ranked would be better so the guy’s heads don’t get too big.

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  44. Just a FABULOUS win today for our Panthers!!!!! I am very PROUD of how our team never gave up thru thick and thin and persevered!!!!! Thumbs up to the players, coaches, and the BigB led fans at the game!!!!
    HAIL TO PITT #H2P

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  45. Hey scu, not talking about myself. The absent tee posters that have fallen into a deep depression over PITT winning and more succinctly, Narduzzi winning. Not speaking to anyone in particular… of course.

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  46. Unfortunately was unable to see the Game. First one in years.

    My prediction for a CLOSE win could not have been more wrong. But think everyone can agree that Mr. Pickett again confirmed his ELITE status as a Competitor.

    Can’t wait to see the highlights.

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  47. Well, once again Ike was right…and I’m planning on going to Charlotte.
    Predicted 38 -14…horn tootin’.
    Man would I love another crack at the Pedos.

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  48. (LA Panther, here taking a break from crap USC game) What I like most about this team is that they win different ways. One back, then another, then two—one you never heard of, then two more, then KP and the fly paper hands bunch. That’s a program. That’s a team. That builds a future. Every one of the last 4 wins was the real deal. Different puzzle pieces each time, leaving us with extra pieces. I do want Hall to hit 1000, and how cool that Q passed Elliot Walker! But a winning team has more pieces than it needs, and can win more ways than one or two….

    Prediction: someone from Clemson or Miami will write of Pitt, “They’re are so many was they can beat you.”

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      1. Same comment as below. There is a difference between calling their comment a Debbie- downer comment and calling someone Debbie downer. Not that that is a particularly caustic accusation. But it can snowball.

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      2. It’s none of your business who I am. My posts have all been positive except for my conspiracy theory posts which I don’t suscibe to. I posed a ligitment question based on narduzzi’s success this year.

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  49. The unsung heroes are the defense that held WF to 13 points although the WF QB threw a lot of inaccurate balls. Still two very nice Interceptions, one by PODs favorite player who made a game changing play. A lot of big defensive stops. It did help that their best RB was out. The stars are aligning for our Panthers for a change.
    Really hoping this can be leveraged into some elite recruits.

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  50. Family obligations made it impossible to watch the game…YECCH! Based on what I am reading SOP was totally buried today.
    I would love to see Pitt stay strong against the ‘Canes……keeping momentum going for Clemscum.
    Not to be overlooked>>>we should be able to pick up some solid recruits!!
    Hail 2 Pitt!

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  51. LOL Gordon Conn—I was posting while you were commenting about recruiting —- yepper we have a HUGE
    opportunity to build a base for the future.

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  52. Ike, Little like the pot calling the kettle black, isn’t it? Lots of people have different observations, some dislike the Duzz, some just dislike his coaching. Some get caught up in the moment. Only one poster today swore at a Pitt player, thereby earning himself one of his two allowed strikes, and then did not recognize when the kid had by far his best game of the year. I think it should be a lesson that we all get caught up in the moment, or in my case the year, and need to recognize others have different views, but are all Pitt fans! I would hope it was an attempt at humor, but if so it wasn’t very clear.

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    1. Joe, I guess you are right enough. I’ll retract my pansy ass comment and delete it if I could. It was an unnecessary addition to the comment to try and get a point across. KC is still a very inconsistent punter though.

      btw, I really didn’t think it was that abrasive at first. I guess it was.

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  53. JoeK, I remember referencing a comment of yours but not sure how I slanted it? I believe I made it in jest so I apologize for any confusion.

    If POVer #1 gets caught up in a moment why can’t commenter #2 do the same? I’ve taken more than my fair share of negative crap on the POV with dignity. Can’t I give it back now? Call me the black kettle but i’m the type to hold my tongue until it’s time to give it back. Yes, I’m that type..

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  54. I predicted in August that we would lose to PSU, GT, UNC, UCF, ND and Miami but would win the Coastal going 6 – 2 and 6 – 6.

    8 – 4 would be great. The OCC schedule was crazy.

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  55. How lame….Dino Babers and Cuse….kicked a FG with 10 seconds left, so as, not to get shutout. Lose
    3-36.

    Again Pitt should be ranked ahead of Syracuse. We were in a position to actually beat the Domers in Domerland.

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  56. Let’s look ahead. No need for any misgivings right now. We are a team and all should be happy moving forward. Those that are not happy? They are back there……..

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    1. No comment on the punter just now. But your comment about others with different opinions should be front and center. Even when some “different opinion POvers” haven’t given them for the past several weeks they should be recognized as such.

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  57. SOP died with the pass th Frenchy.
    A bogus hold well after ball carrier turns corner that takes points off the board.
    SOP would have thrown a pick or missed the field goal.
    I stated before but I want to reiterate what I wrote.
    Heather needs to publicly call out how the refs called that game.
    She should demand on the record that the ACC review the crew today and have a public disclosure of the results.
    It is the only way we may get change. I was dumb enough before the game to write they would be fair.
    That proves they have been less than straight with Pitt since we joined the conference.

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    1. So plain & obvious, like getting smacked over the head with a sledgehammer. No conspiracies, just plain FACT. Been watching ACC football & bball for over 30 years !!!

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  58. I’m trying to figure what comment was made that you think should have just been made to be humorous. I haven’t found any comment that was made previously that needed to made just to be humorous.

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  59. That be half of it. Truly a sign ( or symptom) UVA just tied it up. Wonder what the usual attendance is at ACC championship game is. Should look it up, too lazy. Night all! Grandson needs attention.

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    1. Announcers were too busy telling us how great WF players were….all-time WR’s and such. You would
      have thought WF was some sort of long-time football power….than to tell us who made the Pitt tackles.

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      1. Good point, Emel.

        Thought it was comical when they put up that list of the best WRs in Wake’s history. Who were those guys!

        We’re so spoiled with the great players we’ve had to root for…

        Hail to Pitt!

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  60. In a very short period of time, Heather Lyke is building quite an impressive resume at Pitt. 👍

    I was going to say she has the “magic touch” — but I don’t want Richman posting anything that gets him in trouble…😊

    Go Pitt!

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  61. Pitt’s bowl game is the ACC championship against Clemson
    The bowl that the ‘committee’ will place Pitt will probably be in Siberia against a team called the Soviet Eskimos
    If Pitt somehow beats Clemscum. they will play in a warm bowl game on New Years Day against a quality P-5 team
    If they most likely lose, they will be shafted and play an inferior team from a woebegone conference in a town called Sucks to Be Ya.

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  62. And then we missed like several Pitt plays, with some sideline interview of some guy who played for Wake in the mid 2000’s. I mean it wasn’t like it some guy who was a star in the NFL like Larry Fitz or Antonio Bryant.
    It was a nobody. lol

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    1. The ACC hates these Northern schools like BC, Cuse and Pitt
      They would truly hate a Texan school though
      The South didnt have Billy the Kid shooting up saloons and frequenting brothels like he did in Ft Worth

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        1. But Robert E Lee is a nobody and loser here
          Sam Houston…a true patriot

          Texas is Texas
          Its not the South

          The ACC is a very biased conference
          The conference championship game will be a worse officiating game than the Pitt vs WVU game in Morganhole in our 13-9 victory
          It will be an utter disgrace

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          1. John Bell Hood was a pretty famous Confederate General from Texas. Fought at Gettysburg and many other engagements, lost one of his legs I believe. Still fought with 1 real leg.

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            1. The Texas Brigade (also known as Hood’s Brigade) was an infantry formation that distinguished itself in the American Civil War. Along with the Stonewall Brigade, they were considered the Confederate Army’s shock troops. It fought in every major battle of the Eastern Theater except Chancellorsville.

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              1. Sam was against succession from the Union
                Although I’m pretty sure he wanted Texas as an independent nation 🙂

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  63. Wow…going for 3 straight bowl games when there are like a 100 bowl games….is that really something you should even mention. And then several times.

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  64. Here it is JoeK. my the twelve d comment in this thread..
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    “Why doesn’t the PITT punter punt the football like he’s mad at it? Pansy ass.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How in the sam hell did I say anything wrong here. I was talking about the punter that wouldn’t kick the ball as hard as I thought he should. Get off my back Joe!

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    1. You guys are good. The software is supposed to catch certain swear words. A** may not be programmed in.

      Rule of thumb, if it posts it’s legal. The safe bet is to always bleep it out.

      I love the passion for our team. Hail2Pitt!

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  65. Great win for the team that never quits. I must say I was concerned in first half but never fell into a SOP funk and after the stop on the first drive of the second half I felt things were going to change for the better. One game at a time, on to Miami, H2P!

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      1. That INT by Hamlin today was exceptional. Showed great awareness and athleticism to grab that ball after he knocked it up in the air…

        Go Pitt.

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  66. I was looking at some Pitt gear garb sites online. It would be nice to know, what color blue the team
    will be wearing in Charlotte and at the Bowl Game.

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  67. Ike, I was going to take the high road, but I’m puzzled. You did in fact swear at the kid and make a derogatory remark. That’s a fact. Now, you might not have liked the kids effort, but that was beneath you. Then not to give the kid credit for having, arguably the best game of his career? Aw, I’m not the board police. Oh, that’s 2 swear words btw.

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    1. You’re right I was wrong Joe. Seems like you’re paying really close attention to everything I say so I will be extra careful now on. Punting like a pansy is now a swear word though? Couldn’t have been ass could it? Word Press didn’t think so.

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    1. You must only watch his highlights. Makes the plays in front of him. Comes up short time and time again when CHALLENGED.

      Seems Bates must agree. Lately, Hamlin has been sitting out as much has been on the field.

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        1. I’m all for that. However, the point is, contrary to all of the hype he had coming in… Hamlin is AVERAGE. Pinnock and some others now getting a chance to see the field have BIGGER Upsides.

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  68. I should have known it would be a good day when I wore my Pitt script shirt to the grocery store (in California) and got multiple positive remarks from people with no real connection to Pitt. One of the stockers said,”Haven’t seen one like that since the days of Tony Dorsett.” Turned to push his buggy down the aisle then turned after a few seconds and said … “and Dan Marino”

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    1. Do you realize how many Cuse grads are in the media
      Pitt may sneak into the top 25 via the Coaches Poll
      Cuse will still be ranked ahead of Pitt in the sportswriters poll
      Syracuse rivals Morgantown as a hole
      In fact, I would rather drink Moonshine and eat possum in West Virginny than be stuck in Syracuse during a Lake Effect storm
      Upstater for 8 years so I know

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  69. As far as gameplay, really glad to see Pitt show the ability to pass downfield. Pickett played extremely well, but improved pass protection played a critical role as well. That will be key against Miami, because regardless of the team record, they always have talent on the D-line.

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    1. X-man is probably the best freshmen PG Pitt has had in quite a while. Maybe EVER. He was rated a 4 star I think by one service. So far he is the best of the 3 noobies Capel recruit, no question.

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  70. Well gents, let’s be clear. This is a great day for Pitt football. Any time you can get your way into the ACC Championship game, it is a great thing, especially for branding and recruiting. We need to keep showing well.

    As you all know, I pick Pitt to go 1-0 every week, so this year, I am 7-4. I can never predict against them. Reed always jumped me for doing this but my thought is that Pitt can win on any given weekend.

    Gotta give some credit to Ike for his prognostication so far this year. Well done, young gun! LOL!!! Now, if you are going to jump up and down on your good leg Ike, you gotta take the heat for last year…..Just poking fun brother. I am going to watch the game here shortly. Have been out traveling the globe with kids hockey!!

    West Virginia Elementary just lost. The weekend gets better!

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    1. Hey Huff the Third, no jumping as I don’t have “ONE” good leg but I do have a big mouth or heavy fingers on the keyboard. A broken clock is right twice a day, one me than me. I do abide by the rule that to the victors go the spoils. Hence the chest pounding for this evening. Especially when you don’t know when the opportunity will present itself again…. and sadly…. not a young man…. you know how to hurt someone… LOL 🙂

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  71. Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. Watching Hotel Transylvania with my grandson. He giggles! WVU goes down, and UVA loses, so there is none of the “They shared the title” stuff. Great day all around. Ya Ike, I’m sort of like DeNero in meet the parents, eyes on you. Just kidding. I’ll buy you a beer in Charlotte.

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  72. If Huff isn’t going to repeat what a big deal our crazy OOC is and where we would be if it were just average, I guess it is up to me. Anyone need to read it again?

    No, I didn’t think so.

    LOL!!!
    H2P!!!

    Haven’t watched any of the game but read here first. Pickett sure got reamed so much so that I found it amazing that his stats ended up so spectacular.

    And btw, Ike deserves every moment of this season’s progression to this point. Though I was behind 99% of what he posted, it means little compared to being out in front. H2Iek!!!

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    1. Thanks TVax but not hail to me by any stretch. We’re all PITT fans here. Some just speak louder than others << ME.

      Like I say, it takes less muscles to smile than to frown. I’m a lazy dude so I chose to smile.

      Love this team this year. Also liking the future. Can’t believe Heather signed Narduzzi to a contract extension after a lousy 5-7 record.

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  73. For the bball guys, Pitt’s next opponent, the Billikens of St Louis U are playing Seton Hall on Fox Sports 2 as I post this. St, Louis is 3-0 and got voted pre-season winner of the A-10

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  74. LOL @ Tvax…I won’t type it for at least 24 hours…..but…….

    I was paying you a compliment Ike!! You can do anything your mind says you can do.

    Not sure we are a sure top25 although I do think all the coaches will get a call from the ACC offices to vote Pitt into top20 to start working on a “bigger game opponent” for clempson. We will see if the ACC helps us at Miami next week as it would really help if we go into acc championship at 8-4.

    Repeat – “we go into acc championships game” …repeat…..WOW! who’da thunk!

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  75. Buttgers & Maryland are closing the gap on Ohio Fake & Pedo State……Buttgers only lost by 13 points, to the Pedders, earlier Buttgers had lost to Buffalo by 29 points, to Kansas by 39 points, Illinois by 21, Michigan by 35. Buttgers had 50 yards more rushing.

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  76. Attendance: 44,840
    10,000 under capacity at Piscataway, so not many believers in Creepy Valley willing to travel even if they live in NJ or NYC.

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  77. Huff the Third. I got the compliment and was joking and thank you. Yeah, I’m giddy a bit tonight. btw, I was jumping on my one bad leg, the other one is worse than bad.

    I don’t think PITT is a top 25 team right now. But maybe next week….

    Joe, Although I feel I don’t want the eyes on me I guess my personality appears that I do. Bi-Polar? I’ve been told. Of course I immediately changed doctors. Until today I felt manic/depressive considering PITT football. Tonight, I’m just manic. There’s always tomorrow to get bummed out.

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  78. Wake had 2 extra days to prepare, they played at home and benefited from horrendous, crooked officiating by the good ole boy network, yet we made the second half adjustments and blew them . Tremendous performance. This was the best thing that could happen, a team stopped our running game and we beat them through the air.

    I just hope Morrisey is ok.

    Hail to Pitt

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  79. You know, thinking back, this game reminded me a lot of our games with PSU when Joe (knew) Pa was there. He ALWAYS stopped what we did best on offense and made us beat him with what was not our bread and butter. WF did the exact same today! They said if you’re going to beat us it wouldn’t be because of your powerful running game. Watson called A very good game today.

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  80. A shout out to Erie Express, who liked what he saw of WR Mack back at the spring game, while I thought he looked okay, but nothing special.

    Well today Mack was special!

    And we even got TE Jim Medure with a couple catches today. What the heck is going on…😳

    Go Pitt.

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  81. No word from Commander Reed?

    Hope he got to see the second half today – for his viewing pleasure! His guy KP really stepped it up today.

    Go Pitt!

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  82. Well I just got done watching the replay of the game! Very impressive day by Pickett. Was impressed that Wake Forest shut down our run game as effectively as they did. The interior of their defensive line seemed to be difficult to move.

    Overall I am just flabbergast that we won the Coastal. Ecstatic, but flabbergast given the state of affairs after the North Carolina game. Kudos to the true believers like Ike! If Morrissey is out for the next two games, it is going to be a disaster! Hopefully he is not injured too badly. Last I saw there was a true freshman backing him up.

    For those interested, the last time we beat Miami back to back was in 1960 and 1961. That would be another Pitt demon that we face next week. Glad we handled the Demon Deacons this week.

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  83. Owen Drexell, next man up at center. PITT could put Dintino, Bookser or Herndon at center but OD is a natural center by birth. A little supplemental playing time would be good for the future. That said, here’s hoping the walk-on Morrissey heals quickly.

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    1. What pisses me off is, without that bogus holding call on Pitt on Q’s TD run the play or 2 before, Morrissey doesn’t get hold. They are more repercussions to bad calls than just the call itself. And Morrissey is a victim of that. Heather and Pitt need to get on the ACC’s case.

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  84. Pitt’s regular season will end with it beating four teams assured of winning records: Syracuse, Duke, GTech and Virginia. Three could have 8-plus wins after next week. Not bad when you look closely at teams’ schedules across the country and you see most haven’t beaten anyone.

    I never thought the ground game would struggle the way it did today, but Kenny really came through with his arm. What a tough game next week. Miami can play some defense and the line will be tested again and maybe without Morrissey.

    Lots to like about some of the youth we’re seeing on defense.

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    1. If that isn’t enough, watch the game and see for yourself. Note for people here under 25; WVU wins this and they play for the NC representing the Big East.

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  85. Mad Bomber 2.0 just got some National Notoriety on ABC’s end of Halftime show…being selected as one of the Premier Performers of the Day (or words to that effect). Cudos Kenny Pickett.

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  86. Heard Chris Peak say that Pitt’s defense has only given up 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarters of the last SIX games. Have given up some field goals, but only 2 TDs…

    Let’s hear it for the impact that Coach Bates has had on toughening-up this unit. And I suspect it will get better next season as Coach Bates incorporates what he learned about his players and the ACC offenses this season…

    Troubling that we still have really bad blown coverages, but we’re seeing some progress…

    Go Pitt!

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    1. Wake only had the 1 TD on the blown coverage on Wake’s Bachman (Turner, Overdrive) .

      So the ‘Bend But Don’t Break D’ gave up only 1 TD to both UVA & Wake on the road in 2
      of the last 3 weeks. In between… a respectable 22 points in the 30 point blowout of VT

      I agree we are seeing some progress, the key is the pressure on the opposing QB.

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    1. Good point. He could be a weapon for us next season after the experience he’s gotten this season…

      Nice recovery after a rough start…

      Go PITT!

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  87. How about that play where we handed off to George Aston and Kenny Picket ended up trying to help push the big guy forward! That was awesome!

    Our man George did some more good blocking today — and he was sick. He’s one tough football player!

    Go Pitt.

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  88. Hey Ike, not sure what you meant by “owning it”. I have picked Pitt to win the past 4 games, so I haven’t been down on them even though I am fully aware that SOP can strike at any time. And I have never called any player a pansy. So lighten up and give some credit for a reasonable amount of skepticism based on 35 years of Pitt watching…

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  89. Ike,

    I am one of those who thought that this team was not going to win more than 5 games. I posted repeatedly my prognostication to make sure that I “owned” it.

    I haven’t been posting much here lately because I have been busy, but I wanted to come up here and say several things.

    1) I was way off and am happy to admit it. And really early on it did not look good but I will give my props to Nardog for keeping this team together and believing in him and more importantly each other.

    2) I am extremely happy with them winning the coastal. But I am more happy on how they won today. There were two points that made me happy.

    A) They came back and dominated in the 2nd half. It wasn’t too long ago were Pitt couldn’t do a thing in the 2nd half. To come out trailing and completely own the 2nd half shows how far this team has grown.

    B) It was on KP’s arm and head that this win happened. That shows growth in both him and the rest of the offense.

    3) Looking back, ( you knew I wouldn’t be completely positive here didn’t you? 😉 ) I just wish they would’ve had one signature win. The one I think that could’ve been was the one against Notre Dame. Man how I wish Pitt would’ve pulled that one out in South Bend to boot.

    Finally, I will root for this team to pull a repeat against Clemson from a few years ago. I don’t think that will happen because Clemson won’t be overlooking us and they have playoff implications. Just because I think they will get trounced doesn’t mean that I won’t root for them with all of my heart. I just think it’s a bridge too far.

    However, as I “owned” my now seemingly ridiculous 5-7 prognostication, I will happily have my crow “Sushi style” if somehow, someway the Panthers pull out the upset of the ages against Clemson. But I for one, am just super happy they are there and have a shot.

    oh and one final note…I hope that Coach Narddog will be able to take advantage of this late surge to improve what has been a pretty disappointing recruiting season thus far (IMHO).

    Dave

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    1. Now Dave just what insight do you have on this years recruiting class that makes you skeptical of its merits? Bookser posted several weeks ago that Pitt’s scout team was the best he’d seen since at Pitt. So just maybe Narduzzi’s much maligned recruiting classes previous to this season are not what many posting here made them out to being subpar.

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    2. I to hope Pitt can take advantage of it since they have zero to maybe just one 4 star depending on the recruiting service.

      They already have 16 recruits with only 6 slots to fill. I always look at Rivals and the avg star. Right now they are sitting at #52 in rankings. I then compare them to teams in the division and we trail Va Tech and Miami. So that tells me that those teams will get better through recruiting alone if Pitt doesnt step up their game.

      Pitt needs 4-5 four stars each year and a coaching staff that knows how to develop and properly use players.

      You need about 3 impact players on both sides of the ball. Maybe Kenny, Mack and French are those on offense. Pitt loses 2 stud backs and the best FB in college. Those will be tough to replace along with 4 very experienced players on the line.

      On D, I dont see any LB’s or DB’s that can take over a game or shut players down. There might be 1-2 impact players on the line though but the D needs more playmakers.

      In college, you reload and not rebuild. I see it as a rebullding year on offense or at least a transition to more of a passing oriented scheme. On D, I think it shows improvement like this year but I dont see it dominating.

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      1. I just want Pitt to go 3-0 this season then worry about next season. Win and players will want to play for Pitt. Pitt will never out recruit the Alabama’s, etc. I’m happy to see Pitt compete and have winning seasons. This year turned out just fine for Pitt football and I hope it continues.

        Remember, its about the $$ and Pitt is small potatoes compared to Clemson, ND and especially, Alabama.

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        1. Pitt has the money to compete, as our Endowment,,,, dwarfs both Alabama & Clemson combined.

          Pitt has almost $4 billion, to those two’s combined $1.3 billion. They just choose not to emphasize sports on a continual basis. Just spurts every so often.

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  90. Just finished watching the game (recorded) and reading all the posts. Quit sniping at each other guys- enjoy the win and the success we have had recently. We are all on the same team, rooting for the same outcome. Great game by the team, although I was nervous the first half. Not particularly impressed with the offense moving the ball, but glad adjustments were made and Kenny seems to be finding his groove in the passing department. Great win, H2p! Let’s enjoy it this week and hope the momentum keeps rolling at Miami. Great job by the fans that made it to the game. Way to represent!!!

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  91. They play the game for 60 minutes of game clock. Not 19 minutes, or 37 minutes, or 90 seconds. Even if sometimes we wish they didnt lol

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  92. Pitt 35
    WF 31

    take away my dyslexia and I was 1 point away from perfect 😉

    watched dvr’d game late, not sure QO is 100%, KP didn’t look particularly spectacular but was(to me that means he is just going to get better), zebras missed calls on them but missed none on us and made up 2 or 3, hope Morissey is OK even if there is a good backup, still not sold on Aussie even with good stats, am sold on Pitt fans that traveled and made themselves heard!!!

    this team can beat anyone, yet can still lose to just about anyone if they don’t clean up some things(penalties) or have KP go down

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    1. I posted his ESPN player page, he hasn’t been sitting because of poor play, Nostadamus Dog just likes to rotate a lot of players in & out during the game. We saw that yesterday with Pinnock in the game and getting a pick, Stocker played, as did many others, like Patrick Jones who made his presence felt.
      Saw Cam Bright on the field as well.

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    1. Josh, if you’re reeling I can just imagine your brother Zach must be wandering the streets of Altoona in a complete daze? 🙂

      Hope you guys make it down to Charlotte!

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  93. Great win. Possible to finish out 10-4 when this season plays out? Unlikely but maybe not impossible. Who would have thought it?

    I agree with Annie and some others about posters taking pot shots at posters instead of a registering a civil disagreement with a post. I don’t post a lot because to me at least it seems that some POV posters question the validity of an infrequent poster’s comments because the poster is a newbie whose opinion conflicts with theirs.

    It is hard for an infrequent poster like me, and maybe others, to get skewered on here by a poster who says he or she is only poking fun and someone like me should toughen up or get a thicker skin or grow a couple. I love Pitt football as I think nearly everybody who posts on here does. I don’t like squabbles over something as important to me as Pitt’s success, which shouldn’t conflict with any Pitt fan’s desire for such success. I hope that my comments here don’t result in any squabbles. I am just trying to be honest–and civil–with my comments. Hail to Pitt!

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    1. I have posted two articles in what I envision as a series of three entitled “Does Pat Narduzzi Know What He Is Doing” (the second one inadvertently did not get fully titled with “Part 2” being left out) and I can tell you Justin that the real intent of the series is as much to answer the title’s question as to suggest that we POVers are no more perceptive than the proverbial blind man holding the tail of an elephant who thinks he’s got a snake in his hands. Even our most optimistic Optimisto was pessimistic coming out of the UCF game. Please, Justin and all other readers of the POV put your two cents because being a frequent poster does not in and of itself mean squat about your knowledge of Pitt football. Who amongst us had confidence that this Pitt team would do what it has done after the UCF game?

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      1. Play it backwards on vinyl and the beginning says, “The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back, turn back!”

        Back before CDs, mp3’s Of course…..the fun days of music.

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  94. Sifting through some photos of PITT’s after-game celebratory I think I see Keyshon Camp in full uniform. Don’t know what that means but if he were lost for the season I highly doubt he would be wearing shoulder pads?

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