A Look at Pitt’s next opponent Louisville
by Richard Hefner
Pitt, coming off a victory over Syracuse is now 2-0. Our next opponent Louisville is 1-1 with wins over in-state rival G5 opponent Western Kentucky & a loss to Miami (34-47). This may be the best match-up in the ACC this week, but it is currently scheduled to be a noon kickoff on ACCN. The ACCN 4pm (Duke @ Virginia) & 8pm (NC State @ Virginia Tech) are slots filled by the Virginia schools 1’st games of the season. Disappointing for all Pitt fans who do not have access to ACCN.
For those who read my comments on Syracuse, I will basically talk about the players – recruiting, transfers, “star” players to watch on both sides of the ball, & whatever else I feel like discussing.
Scott Satterfield is in his 2’nd year as HC of the Louisville Cardinals. He replaced the (disgraced at Arkansas) Bobby Petrino after a 2018 2-10 season.
Recruiting wise, the 2020 class was his first true class. Ended up with 26 recruits after the July signing of a JUCO 5.5 3-star LB & the 40’th ranked class. (Note: due to Rivals point system calculations, only the top 20 recruits are counted in the 40’th rank.)
BTW -the 2021 class is currently ranked #20 with 22 commitments.
I like to look at a 5-year recruiting history to see trends. The 2019 class was a transitional class for Louisville.
I believe the 2017 & 2018 class are due to Lamar Jackson & the excitement he created for Louisville. The 2018 class is the high point in recruiting in this time frame and includes most of the big “STARS” (as you will see later) on Louisville’s team.
No one that I am aware of opted out due to Covid-19.
Louisville had transfers in & out.
I do not think there is any loss in those who left thought 3 went to P5 programs. I am surprised at the loss of the 2019 signee. Just one year in the system & already gone. Maybe he likes living in a really, really rural state.
As for the 3 who transferred in, it is hard to get excited about a Grad OL from UConn. It is also hard to find out if he starts or is just depth. The WR from North Carolina does not have any stats in the first two games. The biggest pickup is the CB from Liberty. As a true Freshman in 2019, he played in all 13 games and started 5 at Liberty. He transferred out after a disagreement with the university reaction to the black life matters movement.
As I wrote in a series of comments last week, I use 3 sites to spotlight potential 2020 STARS. Pro Football Focus (PFF – Mikes new toy) for their use of stats.
I use Athlon because I am to cheap to buy Phil Steele’s.
I also use the returning 2019 All ACC team. The ACC does publish a 2020 preseason ALL ACC but is only one team. I do recognize them in BOLD on following list.
If you watched the Miami at Louisville game last Saturday, the announcers talked about them as they were the game changers (except for Chandler the OL man who mainly toils in anonymity).
Included amongst the data are some interesting items. Rodney Burns, a transfer from Ohio State, is a LB but is also a Punt Returner. Which LB on Pitt’s team would you have returning punts? Marshon Ford, like our own Jimmy Morrissey, is an unranked walk-on.
One thing you can say about the disgraced Petrino, he knew how to recruit offense. Not so much defense. Exact opposite of HCPN. It is probably the offense/defense background of each. They know what they want & what to look for in a player in their field of expertise. On the other side of the ball, they probably defer to the assistant’s recommendations. But then again, Babers is an Off guy but his defense is so much better. So much for waiting an hour & so to revisit my writing & thinking bout what I had just wrote.
Speaking of changing my mind, I believe the Pitt- Louisville matchup is the best this coming week. Some though would pick the Florida State at Miami (7:30pm on ABC) is the best. It is a rivalry game, and anything can happen. As a matchup of top teams, it is not. Watch it for the anything can happen aspect.
Louisville vs Pitt on the other hand offers a classic offense vs defense matchup, and if Pitt plays up to their potential, it should be a great game.