First of all, what a week for Pitt Sports.
Women’s Volleyball is now ranked #4 in the country.
And the Pitt Special now has its own T-shirt. UCF is clearly still butt-hurt. At least we didn’t schedule a parade.
Speaking of which, just look at the things an upset win over a nationally-ranked opponent on national TV will do for your program’s perception:
AP Top 25 – Pitt received six votes. This is the 11th most in the “others receiving votes” category. This effectively ranks Pitt #36.
Coaches Poll – Not ranked
ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) – Pitt is ranked #42, with an FPI of 4.1. Utah State and SMU also have FPI’s of 4.1. Only four ACC teams have an FPI higher than Pitt. Clemson, Miami, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Not coincidentally, Andrea Adelson has Pitt ranked #4 in her ESPN Week 4 ACC Power Rankings.
Pitt shot all the way up to #5 in USA Today’s Week 4 rankings. We were 12 last week.
Wait, you mean 2-2 Pitt? Yup. After playing Virginia, Penn State and Central Florida in three of the first four weeks, all future opponents may seem like child’s play to the Panthers. Pitt showed plenty of moxie in its upset victory against Central Florida; now the key is to capitalize on that momentum if the Panthers hope to repeat as Coastal Division champs.
Syracuse.com – 4th (up from 8th)
No team earned a better win last week than Pittsburgh, which snapped No. 15 Central Florida’s 27-game regular-season win streak. The Panthers have played ranked teams in back-to-back weeks, splitting a pair of close games.
From the Rumble Seat (Georgia Tech) – 4th (up from 6th)
Pitt grabbed the ACC’s best win of the year with a home win against UCF. This game was wild. They got up big early with a 21-0 lead, but then let the game seemingly slip between their fingers as UCF came back and pulled ahead 31-21. But, Pitt didn’t come back. They showed resilience and ended up down 6 with 1 minute left and a 4th and goal at the UCF 3 yard line. Pitt scored on a wildcat reverse pass to the quarterback for the game-winning touchdown. Pitt got their run game mojo back and averaged 5.3 yards per carry a week after just getting 1 ypc. This team has had the toughest opening schedule of any ACC team and came out alive and looking better than many expected. They get a bit of a reprieve against Delaware this week.
Shakin’ in the Southland (Clemson) – 8th (up from 13th). I will add that while these guys come off as a bunch of arrogant pricks, they are pretty much the only blog that has called out Pitt’s second half tendencies, so I guess in this case the truth hurts (or maybe they are still smarting from 2016…) I will also say that co-opting the Pitt Special into the “Clemson Special” was a classless move any way you slice it, but hey, I guess you have to pander to your fan base.
If you missed this game I’m sorry, because Pitt-UCF may have been the game of the weekend. In typical Pitt fashion, Pitt got a healthy lead, let UCF rally, and then won on a ridiculous play. After last weeks botched late game playcalling, Pitt hit the walk off Philly/Clemson special to upset UCF, thus making America very happy. Now, Pitt hosts Delaware on Saturday.
What do you think? What are your ACC Power rankings?