Need to get this win because 8-4 and top 25, feels a heck of a lot better than 7-5 and not.  Lets Go Pitt!

600 thoughts on “Pitt Football: Pitt vs Miami Open Game Thread

  1. Pickett takes too many sacks….can’t take one there. Would have gone for it on 4th down, not they can’t.

    Pitt’s playing well, but playing stupid too. Dumb penalty…

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  2. Yep. Also Pickett’s pocket presence still not great. If he steps up to the left instead of the right he buys a lot more time

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  3. Hall got boat raced trying to block on that 2nd down. Pickett with happy feet on 3rd down.

    The O looks out of sync.

    Two sacks by the U so far and a whole lot more coming unless we find a run game.

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  4. Difference is that we just can’t do anything offensively. They ,on the other hand, are stopping themselves with drops and overthrows. Longer we let them hang in there the worse the outcome!

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  5. Hamlin with a couple of nice open field tackles today. He’s really come in the last few games. Going to be very good next year.

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  6. Agree with MM – Run the ball outside and short passes. Can’t have Kenny sitting back there too long.

    Mistakes need to be stopped as well.

    We can beat these guys.

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    1. Agree. But fortunately that pass was even worse than the mugging that Jackson gave that receiver.

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  7. Glad their QB stinks. So far 3 for 16 with a 32 QB rating. I wonder who their backup is? You would think that Miami would be able to recruit a decent QB.

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    1. I don’t think we can come back down 10 with the way their D / our O is playing. We’ll see if they adjust at halftime, but I’m not feeling very optimistic.

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  8. Remember we were down 14 – 0 to cuse.

    This doesn’t feel good, but I’m willing to wait for Miami to get called for their 1st penalty.

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    1. These guys have a way better defense the the ‘cuse.

      Our only chance if they get overconfident and fall asleep

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    1. These seniors on the O-Line are not that good IMO. Jimmy was the star on the line. I won’t miss any of them when they graduate. The underclassman on the team we have now will be better next year than this group.

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  9. Last five plays:

    1. Punt return TD
    2. Personal foul on a touchback
    3. Incomplete pass
    4. False start
    5. Delay of game

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  10. Holy smokes. Christendolu just completely redeemed himself for all his transgressions. Wow. Just wow.

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  11. 5 drops by Miami receivers. They are 1 for 6 on third down. That is not going to happen next week.

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  12. Looks like Hall is in Narduzzi’s dog house…and should be. Watson is calling a bad game too. This O-Line is garbage without Jimmy M. Clemson will kill us….

    Better things next year but we’ll still have 7 wins this year, more than most people thought.

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  13. The fact that we are only down 10 is a minor miracle. Thing is, if we can figure out their defense and stop making dumb penalties, we can still win this one.

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  14. Not impressed with the play calling at all. Miami is too fast.We need to pick Miami’s QB or get one of the balls that are bouncing off their receivers hands.

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  15. Several POVers admonished my 13-10 pick as NOW FINALLY we are two dimensional ! Now I doubt we ll even get to 10.

    Still an entire half to go.

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  16. Good and bad of it. We’re only down 10 and offense sucks. Bad, they are up 10 with an offense even worse than us. We really needed to jump on them with that type of performance. Heck, what adjustments do you make? Kinda need a miracle today. I’m just happy there haven’t been bad snaps.

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  17. We’re back to looking like that awful embarrasing team from early in the year, with an O-line that can’t block, a happy feet qb who holds the ball too long and also can’t throw down the field, and super-suspect special teams.

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    1. I admire your optimism my friend. I wish that I could share it. Seen this script too many times against Miami. I hope that i am wrong.

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  18. I know Miami receivers have dropped plenty of passes and made their own mistakes but! that’s for the Miami POV.

    Things that happened that cannot happen if PITT had or has a chance to win this game. << Field position and such.

    Campbell’s dumb penalty on the punt
    Ffrench has to field that punt that rolled for 25 yards. It’s why PITT put two punt returners back there.
    Hall’s fumble, terrible
    Great 72 yard punt for KC but a lousy 32 yard punt earlier.
    The block in the back against PITT. ?? What a bullcrap call.

    PITT has to stop trying to run the ball in a conventional style. That is just not going to work. Maybe the wild-cat? Can any of these guys throw a football?

    The worst announcers of all-time. Seriously. I keep thinking I’m listening to a Miami tv station. The refs are just as bad of homers. No sense getting upset when the odds are stacked as high as the Empire State building against PITT. Plus they are not playing the clean game they needed to play today. ike

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  19. Not much reason for optimism at this point. Some POVers are at the game. Maybe it looks better in live action than on the TV. Any time your punter is the best player on the field you know you are in trouble

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  20. Pitt’s D is holding them to 101 total yards and we’re down by 10. That’s how bad special teams and the offense is right now. Only the punter is playing well.

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  21. We’ve outgained them 115 to 101, and we are beating them 2-1 in Time of Possession

    We are averaging 1.8 yards per rush (But that includes sacks)

    7 penalties for 70 yards + the punt return, otherwise it’s 0-0

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  22. I’m feeling an SOP attack coming on. There is no hope for pocket passing. Can’t understand how this OL could go South so fast with one injury. Every team has injuries at this point.

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  23. Well that was unexciting. Again other than losing Pickett, Morrisey was the one guy we could not lose.

    Miami is utterly …. oh you know

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  24. This isn’t Thug U, this isn’t getting homered. This is an undisciplined team, playing tight, and no answers offensively. The calls , we’ll rejs have nothing to do with delay of game, or false starts, or blatant pass interference. Not a good effort, but the penalties have been a year long problem. Last year, great, this year, pretty awful. Oh well, changed to lucky sweatshirt, can’t hurt, right?

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    1. I think the guy he “blocked in the back” actually made the tackle. Water under the bridge now. We are not playing like we deserve to win, that play would not change it.

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  25. Joe, hope the sweatshirt helps, but Picket just can’t throw on the run. How can he miss Ollison? The play calling stinks, and they cannot run against Miami’s interior line. This Miami defense is exposing every Flaw in Pitt’s offense

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  26. EMel, 1 call, maybe. They have waaaayyyy too many unforced penalties that have nothing to do with refs. When you are this inept complaining about the refs is the least of our problems. Heck, we probably have more penalty yardage than total offense.

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  27. Why are they running the ball up the middle for a yard, when they haven’t been able to penetrate their defense all day long? What is wrong with quick slanting patterns. Where are the adjustments by Watson? Painful to watch.

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    1. I think Watson has run about 1 screen all year. For some reason he just doesn’t seem to like them. Could be a personnel thing, IDK

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  28. Defense is not quitting…

    That punt return and that end around when we were on the cusp of field goal range are really hurting now.

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    1. Now that the game is over….that’s how they make it look good in the box score. How many people took Pitt + the points since we’re ranked and they aren’t? They are fixing this one folks….

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  29. cant say it often enough…..Watson is horrible today. These plays have no chance when below average athletes are up against great athletes. Coaching has to matter and Watson is not giving the kids a chance

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  30. Since it’s clearly been ok to call out upitt and others for lack of comments during the win streak it must be ok to ask why no jrnpitt or ike today during this abomination. Or, maybe we just stick to commenting on Pitt football? MAM, what’s the ruling on that? 😀

    I’m still holding out hope we’ll come back,this could very well end up a .500 season.

    C’mon, boys! Let’s win this thing!!! We need to finish 8-4.
    Let’s go Pitt!!

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    1. lol when in doubt take the high road.

      Honestly after this debacle the best thing the can happen is we play a solid game against clemson and don’t get blown out then get sent to a winable bowl and then win it.

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  31. At this point, I just hope KP survives. What a sieve. I’m really not sure anything will work at this point. Chucking it up will just get Pickett killed, but hoping for interference might be our best chance.

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  32. Morrissey out hurts but if you recruit for FOUR YEARS and can’t replace ONE lineman, your recruiting stinks.

    Nevermind.. his recruiting is great. I’ve read it here dozens of times.

    Damnit Pitt! Let’s go!!! This is still winnable… Or maybe not.

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  33. And now the defense breaks … it was funny for a few weeks i forgot what it was like to be a Pitt fan

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  34. Miami has beaten..

    Savannah St.
    Toledo
    FIU
    UNC
    FSU

    ..and we’ve scored THREE points.

    Embarrassing! Didn’t someone on here bury SOP last week? Bad news, it’s Night of the Living Dead. SOP has come back to life and it wants Panther flesh.

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  35. Are our backups so g*d awful that one or two injuries happen and the team collapses? Seems to be the case. This was said of the bad Pitt teams in the 90s and I guess a general feature of second rate teams in general. I wonder what this game would look like with a healthy starting center on our end

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  36. I’m not sure what’s worse. Watching the total ineptitude offensively of these two teams, or the lack of d in the Hoopies game yesterday.

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    1. Keep it civil Jay. You can comment on opinions but please don’t go after a person. Even in good fun, things can often get misread via a post.

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      1. I agree, MAM. I have no history of it but have been watching from afar while 2-3 posters, we all know who they are, savaged upitt for their own amusement. Turnabout is fair play. No?

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  37. Aww, let it go Jay. We see what’s up. I agree but at this point it serves no purpose, they really turned back into SOP today. Sad, but true.

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  38. Let’s go to th Military Bowl… great place … how and the heck did anyone score on the U this year… revenge game for them much like the Gobbler game was for us…,

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    1. a 21 point difference? No. Maybe a 3 or 7 point difference because fewer mental errors on the protections, etc. But yes, mostly we are getting out played by better athletes. Case in point their nose tackle just took Darren Hall down with one hand while he was getting blocked.

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  39. I’ll say this.. I LOVE Pitt. In fact, I was at WF last week watching the game with some great Pitt fans.

    I take NO joy in today’s game. In fact, I’m pretty damn mad. But guess what? Unlike you, I knew it could happen (look at my post on the previous thread) because Narduzzi hasn’t assembled enough talent to overcome the lack of focus/execution that all teams experience.

    I’ll be rooting for Pitt next week and in the bowl game but we will likely end up 7-7 or 8-6… IN A BAD league. We play in the Coastal and got Syracuse and WF as crossovers. BFD.

    That’s REALITY.

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    1. Jay I admire your passion and respect your opinions, and i encourage you to keep expressing them. I’ve edited your posted and removed the content that could potentially bait other readers into a personal attack.

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    2. Jay:
      I agree with you.
      Loosing the center was much worse than all thought.
      Pitt is short on Athletes and Miami is not.
      Pitt really needed this game for the season.
      We have witnessed this many times with the U.
      If they are interested we are in big trouble.

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  40. This is embarrassing. Good teams don’t have games like this do they? It’s amazing how we are incapable of changing game plans once it becomes obvious that plan A isn’t working.

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    1. I feel sorry for the great fans here who will waste their money going to Charlotte…just another revenge tour butt kicking coming up.

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    1. They ran out of gas and hope in the fourth quarter.

      Will be interesting next year to see if we have the chops / motivation to hang with them.

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  41. Ya Jay, worked out pretty much the way ?I called it also, although I thought we’d score a few more. It’s fun when we win, but reality bites. I’m sitting here trying to explain to my wife why we are going to a championship game when we look so bad. She asks pretty good questions for someone who doesn’t really follow football. Also asked if Miami is that good. I have no answers!

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    1. joeknew..

      It’s because you’re a realist. You can love someone/something and still question them. It’s the only way things improve.

      I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

      Charlotte could be ugly..

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  42. Don’t be upset. Until we get some 4-5 stars we will get our asses kicked by better athletes. Just a fact of life. We haven’t seen this speed all year. The problem is Clemson will be faster.

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    1. What do we have against George Jr.? Serious question, I don’t know much about him except that he must(?) have some raw talent at least, starting for a Big 10 program and all that. I dunno sometimes I think we should give someone besides Pickett serious playing time…

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  43. Me and Mrs. JoeKnew will be there. It will be either her 1st or 2nd tailgate ever. She has made me promise to be positive. She is indeed my better 3/4. Hope to see you there Jay.

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  44. This game reminds me of palying Miami in the old days when they were the Alabama of football. I remember a game… maybe 1988 when Miami beat us 19-3. Pitt did virtually nothing all day. Like today, just running into brick walls.

    Oh well, bring on more two stars!

    H2P.

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  45. Ugh, just an ugly afternoon. This should make sure our team is not overconfident going into next week. And Watson needs to come up with a game plan so the team can be competitive next week. Use Clemson’s speed against them? IDK.

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  46. Alright fans, that was hard to watch. I salute all of you who stuck through it. I’ll see you in Charlotte next week. Be on the look out for an extra-special MMQB this week, where you’ll have the opportunity to vent it alllll out.

    Hail to Pitt

    MA

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  47. On the plus side, we won a bunch of games we probably shouldn’t have won.
    We took advantage of a down year in the division and we exceeded our own low expectations.

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  48. PoD – we could use some good news.

    Pitt is now 7-5 and unranked with #2 Clemscum rolling into Charlotte with a revenge chip on their shoulder.

    Uh oh!

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  49. Michaelangelo.

    Are you kidding me? That’s hilarious. You removed 2 sentences. And it’s one thing to edit me, but you could have done so without posting such for all to see for whatever agenda you have. You’ve allowed a number of personal attacks to go unaddressed since you took over. Now I take those people to task, and I’m the issue. Got it.

    Don’t worry, it won’t happen again.

    It’s been real..

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  50. It’s SOP
    a blow-out on national TV
    Pitt doesnt have the athletes…plain and simple

    7 wins is 1 win better than Vegas (I actually pegged the team at 7 wins)
    Won the Coastal
    Played some exciting ball on O
    The D continued to improve
    It was fun to watch this team starting with the Syracuse game

    But Pitt loses most of the line (thats probably a good thing)
    Pitt will be rebuilding the line next year instead of reloading (thats a bad thing)
    Pitt will probably be a more balanced team next year (less reliant on the run)
    The D should finally be good and might have to carry the team

    I expect another 6-7 wins next year
    No Coastal title
    Other schools are recruiting better
    And Pitt needs elites and playmakers on both sides of the ball

    Now it brings me to coaching and that dreaded emotional extension Heather made last year
    Typically, year 4 in a 5 year contract is when an AD makes that call
    There is a good chance Pitt finishes 7-7 this year
    Recruiting is trending down
    And like I said, a very good chance that Pitt finishes next year with 7 wins

    So does a potential 35-30 record after 5 years warrant a salary of $3.5M?
    You know my answer

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    1. Time to follow the progress of Capel and the hoops team since he can coach & recruit. Football will be SOP long after we’re all in the dirt….trust me on this.

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      1. exactly
        I knew he could recruit at Oklahoma and Duke
        Its just a matter of time at Pitt
        The question was – can he coach
        Looking good so far
        I’d pay Capel $3.5M all day long

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  51. Listen, in all seriousness, I was as happy as anyone when we won those games. They exceeded my expectations. But I can also say I was always realistic about how good we really are. We were good enough to win a really weak division, which beats the crap out of not being good enough to win a crappy division. We just aren’t that good compared to the national programs. Every so often we can rise up and bite anyone. Maybe this is a baby step to where we want to be, but he really needs to get some studs, or it will be a 1 and done. Peace, love, and brotherhood, or whatever.

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  52. After the ass kicking we just received Coastal Champions has a hollow ring to it. Although the game was close early we were never in it. Watson had no answer. Pickett is probably still running for his life.

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  53. I was actually looking for the game, yesterday….i was like wtf. See we played on the wrong day.
    The numbers were much better for the game yesterday than today.

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  54. That was tough. Outcome was predictable and all credit to the Canes. Their speed on defense is impressive.
    Pitt’s self-destruction was disappointing though.

    Would like to see a lot fewer penalties next week against Clemson.

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  55. Hit hits keep on coming. My Nitter brother texted me “Meow, Panthers,Meow”. And my mother said she fell asleep as the game was so boring and Pitt stunk. Geez, she’s 91 years old and can see it,lol.

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  56. Lots of low camera angles in East Lansing….trying to hide all the empty seats. Funny when at Pitt, these networks go to wide & high angles all the time.

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  57. Tough loss but Pitt still ha plenty to be proud of. In a conference where anybody can beat any body, except for Clemson and UNC (who can only beat us) We won our division which is no small thing for Pitt.

    Today was a wake up call for those of us that thought we were better than we are (myself included, never thought Miami would completely shut us down) But we won a lot of games that easily could have gone either way. Only lost one that we should have won and that is pretty good considering last year and what I still say is below the line recruiting.

    There was an absolute difference in athleticism exhibited today which is really difficult to overcome. Numerous players on the other side that will excel at the next level.

    What is somewhat sad is that Miami is only half a football team. Our D played well for three quarters but was helped by a lot of dropped balls.

    What is really sad is the number of penalties Pitt incurred, the vast majority were not on the refs, but our players which happens when you are over-matched physically and end up jumping off sides or holding when you get beat.

    This team needs the offense to perform if it is to win. In some ways this reminded me of the Military Bowl, where Navy dominated, but on both sides of the ball.

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  58. Funny that people argue the Pros and Cons of a tough OOC, but Miami gets a bowl game because they beat Savannah St, Toledo and FIU. Our schedule still has two tough ones next year, but it is better.

    Also funny that they gave their coach a Gatorade shower today.

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  59. Lousy lousy game today by the entire PITT football team. Coaches on down.

    But I do remind. Final record, 7-5, how many predicted that many wins or lower than that for this year?

    It’s not a matter of dishing anything out or taking it. It’s a matter of timing and the class of which you choose to serve it.

    Either way, PITT needs to play a good game this next week against Clemson and win the bowl game to save a little more of the season they deserve by keeping it together this year. The Military Bowl would suit me just fine.

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    1. I predicted 7 and I’m not changing it.
      So looks like a 7-7 season to me (lose the last 3 games including 2 very important ones).
      But maybe Pitt wins their bowl game against a MAC team and that would make Eight.
      They arent beating Clemson next week unless theres divine intervention.

      I was just hoping 4 years ago when Narduzzi was hired that Pitt would win 9-10 come Year 4
      And thats when Narduzzi was making $2.5M and not $3.5M via the questionable extension
      Next year Pitt will be hard pressed to win 7 regular season games but I’ll call it now and say 7.

      But, I can pay someone else closer to $2M for 7 wins though that also comes with a recruiting class ranked in the mid-50’s if you look at avg stars (recruiting is trending down).

      Pitt was lucky to win the division this year.
      But Pitt will not be able to compete against the Va Techs and Miami’s if Pitt cannot improve their recruiting.
      Narduzzi’s not that bad of a game day coach. Far better than Wanny.
      Where he fails is player development and recruiting.

      Looking forward to basketball season.

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  60. Watching Clemson game. While I’ll be in Charlotte, it could be the ugliest game of the year. Yup, worse than the Nitters. Maybe Dabo will have a little mercy.

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  61. What is it about Pitt (or the Steelers for that matter) and penalties? My God! Is it a matter of discipline? is it coaching? Every time I thought we would get it going…penalty! Penalty! It’s hard to overcome a Miami team with all that speed on the defensive front, as it is? Narduzzi needs to get a handle on this issue! There is really no excuse for it.

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  62. Point One: I doubt Morissey made that much of a difference but I suspect that the OL did not give 100%. That’s all it takes against a defense like Miami. The fact of the matter is that it isn’t easy to play full out and by full out I mean 100% when the game really does not mean what the last 4 games meant. Miami after all did lose 5 games this year — 3 to teams Pitt beat this year. Unless Miami just found themselves today there is no reason to think that Miami is that much better a team than Pitt.

    Point Two: MM, I don’t know the facts and maybe you were right to edit Jay Tower A’s comment but he seems pretty adamant that your edit wasn’t fair. I don’t want the POV to lose him and I’m sure hundreds of others agree with that.

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  63. Boy, what was the combined scores of our two games in a Florida this year? I know we can use the fact that we play down there as a recruiting tool, but man for some reason we have struggled more than usual on our trips to that state.

    Playing in warm Florida weather certainly doesn’t seem to favor us. Maybe Pitt needs to turn the heat up in that indoor practice facility of theirs to prepare for these games.

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  64. Clemson has beaten their last 6 opponents by 41 points on average
    The line will probably be around 25 to start and I bet moves up to around 27 by start
    I’d take Pitt with those points
    Curious as to what UPitt thinks

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  65. at 6:22 Jay says himself that he is going after someone:

    JayTowerA
    November 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    Someone can dish a lot but can’t take it coming back.

    Y’all ok with personal attacks?

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    1. It was a reply to a comment made at 6:20… which was a repeat of a sarcastic personal comment made at least FOUR times on previous threads.. but don’t let the facts ruin a good story.

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      1. you mean 6:21 ? try to get the facts right

        then you think it is ok to dredge up posts from prior threads?

        quite a grudge holder for those unable to reply themselves, admirable

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  66. Here’s what I saw today:
    1. The ACC refs didn’t beat us
    2. Watson’s play calling didn’t make us lose.
    3. Not having Morrissey didn’t Cost us the game.
    4. The reason we were a 5-6 point underdog, and rightfully so, was simply because Miami’s defense is loaded with 4&5 star studs who are stronger, faster, and better athletes then our players. College is still all about who you recruit – and our list doesn’t have any stronger, faster, better players on it. We faced reality today and reality wasn’t pretty. Fortunately we got 7 wins this year against teams that also don’t have many prize recruits.

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  67. Pitt is short on talent, and losing by a respectable score to Miami is not embarrassing. But how does one account for a total across the board stinker of a performance? Was this team ready to perform today? Did they under estimate Miami? There were no second half adjustments made, and even after turnovers they didn’t respond well. The coaches didn’t have this team ready to play. Carter shows up for maybe one play. Is he part of the game plan or not?

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  68. One final thought ( or 2) before I call it a night. This season is EXACTLY the type of year the administration thinks is great. Bowl game, winning Coastal, and no one in jail. It’s also the type of year some fans are satisfied with. It shows progress. I do believe that’s the way it is. I just think we should do better. Just because we are better than the rest of a bad bunch, it doesn’t mean we should be satisfied. There IS a difference between that, and being relevant.

    I fault no one for thinking what we’ve done this year is great. Their opinion. Mine, well, I guess I expect more, and lean toward Jays opinions.They did better than I thought, but not as good as I want. My opinion, but that’s all it is. I could be wrong, but Ive never noticed Jay being snarky, he and Upitt, usually tell ya straight up. That’s my final 2 cents.

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  69. First …. I doubt we would’ve beat Miami w our offensive line intact. But we would have been in the game. I have been no Morrisey fan but he called the signals as well as gave continuity to the O line. His pass blocking was his weakness but others knew how to cover for him.

    You can move Dintino to center and put Hargrove at tackle and practice all you want vs tackling dummies and the B team but you cannot simulate the speed and intensity of game conditions. Especially Clemson.

    It’s a lot like practicing foul shots in basketball before and after practice and then wonder why you can’t make them in game conditions!

    At least today, the O line got it out of their system against a better D than Clemson.

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  70. GOOD: nothing?
    Miami’s D

    BAD: P.Ford never saw the field, yet V.Carter’s redshirt was burned for one play that yielded one yard.
    Coaching – offense and special teams.
    Head coach.
    Team leadership in general.
    A seven win season.

    UGLY: 3 points on national TV and played in Pitt’s recruiting base of Florida.
    Penalties galore.
    Senior efforts in general.
    Announcers – Pitt gave them nothing to talk positive about (relating to the Panthers).
    On to Charlotte?

    It will take me a few more hours to get over this “waste” of 4 hours yesterday – but playing golf this morning will surely help.

    On to Charlotte…

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  71. My take is it boiled down to we could not block their defensive line and we could not pick up their blitzes. Simply put, their players were quicker than ours. No plays are going to work when you are so over-matched on the line, IMHO.

    The ACC has two tiers as far as recruiting. There’s Clemson, Miami and FSU, and then everyone else. You could shuffle and interchange the recruiting classes for all the other ACC schools and no one would know the difference.

    Which says to me that our coaching staff did a good job this season in beating GT, Syracuse, Duke, UVA, VT, and Wake — teams that are pretty comparable to us in talent.

    Like it or not, regardless of who our coach is, we have recruiting limitations in football due to our location and lack of fan support. (Not so in basketball, where we check all the boxes and have legitimate shots at elite talent. )

    Charlotte will indeed be a replay, except Clemson won’t be dropping passes. I hope we use the second stringers a lot in the second half so we at least get some benefit from that game.

    Pitt giveth – the 4 game win streak was total fun – and Pitt taketh away —PSU, UCF and Miami were all painful to watch.

    Hoping we can win our bowl game and finish with some good recruits.

    Go Pitt.

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  72. No doubt yesterday’s game leaves one scratching his/her head. Too many early mistakes lead to poor field position.

    )1 Campbell running into the punt returner at the 4 yard line

    )2 PITT had two punt returners back and they stood too close to each other. letting the ball bounce in front of them and then rolling another 30 yards.

    )3 Hall’s fumble

    )4 Kirk Chooduludo’s 32 yard punt

    )5 The terrible block in the back called against PITT, just showed where the officials heads were at.

    Anyways, that was the last regular season game so time to reflect just a little. First stop, our grand predictions. Did anyone have PITT winning 7 or more games before the season began? Did anyone have PITT winning the ACC Coastal Division? Point and question is, Did PITT do a little better than most thought they would? The Miami loss wasn’t good but let’s remember the goal of the Panthers, Too win the Coastal and they did that. First divisional title in their history.

    Did the defense start playing better this year? I think they did and many young players started to show up and play well.

    imo, there was a lot of over-achieving going on this season. The O-Line expected to be really bad didn’t play half bad. By that I mean their run blocking was the half that played really well.

    Being satisfied with a 7-5 regular season record is kind of relative to the expectation put on this football team before the season ever started. We can’t moving the goal posts folks.. I picked PITT to go 7-5 but never thought they would win the division. Remember, you play the teams on your schedule. If its a bruising OOC schedule or an easier divisional schedule.

    Either way, I really don’t get all the sad faces today when PITT exceeded most fans expectations and they are about to play for the ACC Championship in 6 days. . .ike

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    1. I would have rather lost to any other team but Miami
      Miami exposed Pitt on national TV as a fraud just like what Pitt did to them last year
      I still think of Miami as Thug U
      I cant stand their arrogant and ignorant fans
      I cant stand that Turnover Chain
      I cant stand 80 degree weather in November
      I cant stand playing in pro stadiums off campus
      I cant stand their 4 and 5 stars coached by a guy that got run out of Georgia
      I cant stand the national love for this program that has cheated their way to championships

      I hope next year its a raging blizzard at Heinz and Pitt upsets another over-rated Miami team. They can all depart with an icicle up their arses.

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  73. Seriously, where is Upitt. Is he okay, did somebody piss him off or….. . He is one of the main reasons I read this board. Upitt come back!

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      1. I totally agree, when they are good they are great. I have no desire for them or anyone to go away.

        H2P!!!

        keep pushing above atrocious, yesterday didn’t outside of Kessman

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  74. Well now we now why they were favored. The question is how did a team with that much talent have such a poor season. Funny to hear the announcers rave about Miami’s coaches who only won seven games with that front seven. I know they had some problems on offense but wow.

    Without the multiple dropped passes they score 50 on us yesterday. Even with two turnovers, we could not get near the endzone. None of our O-line could open a hole or hold a block. It was like watching the Steel, Curtain, Fearsome Foursome, or Purple People Eaters. Jail breaks on every play. It was like they had four Aaron Donalds the few times we got through the line the rest of the team closed immediately.

    They blew up the sweeps after the first one worked a little. Their guys were disciplined and made no foolish errors.

    Our guys truly ran out of gas after their great run, and Miami owed us for the big upset last year. A wake up call for those that thought we really turned a corner.

    We still have the trophy which was no small achievement for this bunch of guys, but yesterday was a sad reminder of where we really stand, among the haves and the have nots.

    .

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  75. Did this season exceed expectations?
    To me it did only because they won the weak Coastal but still an accomplishment since now Virginia is the only school still trying. So that monkey is off Pitt’s back.

    Going in, Vegas pegged Pitt at 6 wins so we did better than the experts thought

    But the bigger picture question is where do we think a program should be come Year 4 and heading into Year 5?

    My thoughts have always been that if things are on the right track, the program would achieve at least 9 regular season wins and a division title
    Pitt fell short of that mark
    But theres that OOC schedule that muddies the water
    Hence, to me Pitt meets the Year 4 check

    So then I look at recruiting progress and what Year 5 holds
    It doesnt look too promising unless you believe Narduzzi’s 2 and 3 star recruits can make a difference in games
    Unless you believe that next year will exceed this year and I highly doubt Pitt wins the Coastal next year
    Remember that Pitt replaces 80% of their O-line, 2 stud running backs and the best FB in college

    I dont want to beat this to death so this is the last time I’ll say it. Pitt needs to step up their recruiting or else they will be left behind.

    I think Narduzzi is a decent game day coach. He runs a clean program and his players seem to like him.

    But he fails in developing enough players to make up for the deficit in recruiting elite talent. We all saw what 4 stars can do yesterday. Miami was not a very good team but they were dangerous.

    If your expectation is for 6-8 win seasons plus a bowl, then Pitt is on track. I think most fans think those are fine goals and the administration loves it since Pitt maintains relevance, they dont have to enter the expensive arms race, and they dont have to cheat.

    Now if your expectation is to compete for the Coastal every year and I mean truly compete that means 9-10 regular season wins is the mark. That means winning the division probably every 4 years. Pitt is not on this track and for some fans like me it creates bitterness since I know Pitt can do better.

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    1. this one finger lefty typing sucks, but my brief reply is just to say we are already at that 9-10 win season with something other than a stupid OOC schedule.

      So why not a little more positive tilt rather than the vitriol toward anyone positive on this site, and this isn’t directed at you particularly TX.

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      1. I dont see Pitt being a consistent 9-10 game winner given the recruiting regardless of the OOC schedule
        If Pitt plays a normal OOC schedule, Pitt should win 3 out of 4
        That means Pitt needs to go 7-1 in conference play
        I just dont see it when the other division teams are improving their recruiting
        And when Va Tech and Miami get at least 4 four stars each year while Pitt is lucky to get just one
        Previous division champs have all won at least 9 games (9-11 wins)
        Pitt is the first school to do it with just 7

        I’m positive that Pitt won their division but frankly that was more a fluke than anything else
        Pitt will be lucky to win 7 games next year (4-4 in the ACC)
        Mediocre recruiting gets you mediocre results
        It just shouldnt be hard to get some elite athletes each year
        1 last year and zero so far this year is unacceptable

        There was nothing positive to say about yesterday’s game though.
        I’ve already commented on what I saw as positive for the season
        But I like to present both good and bad
        And I see the program trending down despite this year…just look at the recruiting

        I’m not sure what Heather can do to force Narduzzi to make changes to improve his recruiting since all her leverage is now gone given the foolish and emotional decision to extend Narduzzi in Year 3 of a 5 year contract.

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  76. Watching the game, there were several issues that were quite obvious:

    Kenny Pickett still has a long way to go to be a top flight QB. He really doesn’t have a good sense of where pressure is coming from. Of course, against Miami pressure was coming from everywhere, but one play that kind of summed it up was on a corner blitz coming from Pickett’s right side….Pickett never saw the guy coming from 20 yards away.
    We are way deficient in talent in the trenches (particularly O-line). Miami simply dominated us physically. Had nothing to do with scheme’s or assignments or calls. They simply blew by our guys or overpowered them. There is no game plan on earth that will compensate for a physical ass-whipping. If we don’t improve our recruiting dramatically, we’re going to boat-raced by teams like Miami, Clemson, or PSU.
    How good would Miami look with a QB? Their QB was horrible and their receivers were equally bad. My god, if they had a guy who could throw the ball and a few receivers who were paying attention they would have beat us by 40.

    I see absolutely no reason to believe that Pitt is ever going to be anything better then a 7 or 8 win team with the talent level we currently have.

    ScottsValleyPanther

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  77. PoD lots of piss poor effort @“tackling” in yesterday’s game… who teaches these kids to tuck in their arm and bump with the shoulder….you see it at all levels

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  78. I see a LOT of Big Hits being made on Saturdays. No shoulder in the Arm Tackle referred to above. And not much Arm.

    Really was a matter of NOT wanting a piece of Miami’s #24 bad enough.

    Just keepin’ it REAL regarding the AVERAGE Safety wearing No. 3.

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  79. As I’ve said before, you are what your record says it is. The tough OOC schedule is offset by a weak conference schedule. So things tend to even out. We are currently staring at a 7-7 season ending with 3 losses if Pitt gets any decent P5 team in their bowl game. This is still mediocre, and many POVers won’t accept it as progress after year 4. With so many scholarships already awarded, it will be tough to plug holes for next year with transfers. Realistically, a 7-5 record next year is probably likely with the Coastal title probably out of reach. Is this acceptable after year 5?

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  80. While I say that Pitt has to recruit better if they want to be better, it isn’t easy like some people think.

    As was mentioned, Clemson, Miami and FLST are the ACC schools that recruit at a high level.

    We recruit at about the same level as all the others, except possibly Louisville.

    We will never recruit at a top ten level, the question is can we get to where we attract 4 or 5, four star guys a year, with an occasional 5 star guy?

    By the way, funny to pick on one guy when pretty much everyone missed making blocks and whiffed on multiple tackles.

    I would also say we over achieved considering most pundits picked us to finish close to the bottom.

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  81. Hamlin led the team in making tackles yesterday and for the year.

    Pickett a lot poorer QB when running for his life. Most are.

    A little disappointed in Watson’s game plan but really not sure what would have worked, with zero execution.

    Our guys were just manhandled all day long.

    They made many big plays, we made very few.

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  82. So in the end Pitt football is simply mediocre. No way we can consistently compete with the big boys.

    Having said that, it was a nice run during the winning streak to get the Coastal Division Championship. Most of us were caught up in the excitement, even if guarded. It was actually fun!

    The OOC results were really poor and prove to me at least where this program remains.

    We had a good chance at ND and didn’t make it happen. More of those kind of games along with an easier OOC schedule and we are on the cusp of staying in the lower tier of the Top 25. That could help recruiting but will take much more time.

    This I believe is our new bar for the program under this AD and staff. Add in a magical year where the stars align and we’ll crack the Top 10-15 on occasion. Not terrible.

    H2P!

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    1. Mediocre: just how the BoT wants it. Who’s going to help change it? Narduzzi is building the program and what Pitt really needs is to luck into a game-changing quarterback. Kenny will be under fire next season, and I don’t mean because his O-line might stink.

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