Lets start out Tuesday with some updated NCAA rankings.
First, Pitt is now showing up in both polls, listed under “others receiving votes”.
Here is the AP Poll:
Dropped from rankings: Missouri 22, Washington 25
Others receiving votes: Memphis 87, Virginia 29, San Diego State 17, Pittsburgh 17, Washington 15, Navy 9, Texas A&M 6, Missouri 4, USC 3, UCF 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Tulane 1
There are a few questionable teams ahead of us.
Cincinnati for one…
And Minnesota. I thought I saw a tweet about the Gophers yesterday, but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Anyway, the undefeated Golden Gophers have beaten:
- South Dakota State (28-21)
- Fresno State (on the road, 38-25)
- Georgia Southern (35-32)
- Purdue (38-31)
- Illinois (40-17…this is now looking better and better)
- Nebraska (34-7)
- Rutgers (42-7).
I will point out that unlike Pitt, the Gophers have learned how to put an opponent away. If Pitt had done the same against Duke and Syracuse, they’d probably be in the top 25 as well.
Second, I would also like to give Jerry DiPaola a shoutout for ranking Pitt this week. Thanks Jerry! Tom Bragg’s vote out of Charleston, WV offsets the lack of vote from That Other Pittsburgh Paper, I suppose (They do have a vote right?).
Third, in the ACC Power rankings, Pitt is hanging in around 3 or 4 depending on who you talk to. Virginia’s big win over Duke, and their earlier season win over Pitt has kept them ahead of the Panthers. Wake continues to to get love despite having Utah State as their signature win this season.
Here is the Syracuse.com writeup on Pitt. Pretty accurate if you ask me. Did you know we have the second longest winning streak in the ACC? Is that the kiss of death next week against Miami?
Record: 5-2 (2-1)
Last week’s ranking: 2
Last week’s result: Win 27-20 at Syracuse
This week’s game: Saturday vs. Miami
Why No. 3? Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak is the second-longest in the ACC and includes two consecutive wins on the road. The Panthers lead the country in sacks, own a decent passing game and appeared to display an improved running game against the Orange. A.J. Davis rushed for 103 yards, the first time a Pittsburgh runner has crossed the century mark against an FBS team this season.
The Panthers have been living dangerously, however, with just one of the five wins coming by more than a touchdown. Quarterback Kenny Pickett is showing some signs of wear from carrying a one-dimensional offense. He has already missed one game this season and visited the locker room against Syracuse before coming back without missing a series.
This is a good point. What would happen if Kenny Pickett went down against Miami? Tune into tomorrow’s QB Corner to find out…
Hail to Pitt