Lets start off with something very positive. The #4 Pitt Women’s Vollyball team swept Virginia Tech in ACC play last weekend.
Switching over to Football, after five weeks our defense is pretty good. Chris Dokish is a known homer, but the facts don’t lie.
If this defense starts forcing some turnovers and manning up in the red zone, they could be exceptional.
On to the power rankings
Shakin’ In the Southland (Clemson Blog): 9th (down from 8th)
Has any team conveyed the overall craziness and absurdity of college football better than Pitt? Last week they knock of an undefeated team with an annoying fanbase that has a thing for fabricating championships. No, not Alabama, UCF. They follow this up by almost falling to the University of Delaware Blue Hens of the FCS’s Colonial Athletic Association, eking out a 17-14 win at home. Pitt follows this up with a big game against Duke Saturday night.
Pittsburgh is a confusing team. Some weeks, the Panthers are capable of battling toe-to-toe with Penn State and UCF. On the other hand, some weeks, Pitt struggles with teams like Delaware or Ohio. It doesn’t have to be Halloween for tricks or teats in Pittsburgh.
Kenny Pickett (shoulder) sat out, which meant that Nick Patti got the start. Pittsburgh won, 17-14, but it wasn’t pretty, as the score indicates.
ESPN: 5th (for the record I’ve watched Florida State twice this year, and they are no better than Pitt. If anything Duke should be #4.)
After Week 1, we had Florida State at the bottom of the ACC. Now, there’s a case to be made that the Seminoles are top four. A week ago, it looked like Pitt was ready to make a charge, then the Panthers narrowly avoided catastrophe against FCS Delaware on Saturday. Virginia might still be the second-best ACC team, but the Cavaliers looked overmatched in the second half against Notre Dame, and Clemson might yet cruise to an ACC title, but the Tigers were outplayed by North Carolina.
Week 5 presented us with more of the same in the ACC, which is to say everyone managed to showcase some flaws and no one looked much like a team ready to win big.
Why not Florida State? OK, don’t answer that. The point is the ACC is a wild, beautiful mess in which Clemson escapes by stuffing a two-point try and Georgia Tech finishes the game with two points total. — David M. Hale
2. Wake Forest
4. Florida State
6. North Carolina
11. Boston College
12. NC State
13. Virginia Tech
14. Georgia Tech
Why No. 4? I’m excusing Pittsburgh’s close-call against an FCS opponent as a letdown but, like most of the league’s top teams last week, it wasn’t very inspiring.
The Panthers battled to the final whistle with ranked opponents in each of the two previous weeks, a stretch that left Pittsburgh playing without six injured starters against Delaware, including quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi wouldn’t reveal the severity of those injuries but the Panthers have proven to be a competitive team when healthy. Their game this week against Duke is easily the highlight of a light ACC schedule.