There are few certainties in this world. Death. Taxes. The changing of the seasons. Pitt playing sloppy and losing a game it was favored to win.
I’m not kidding. Here’s a list by season:
- 2020 NC State
- 2019 Boston College
- 2018 Miami (and Stanford)
- 2017 UNC
- 2016 Northwestern
- 2015 Miami
- 2014 Akron
- 2013 Navy
- 2012 Youngstown State
- 2011 Rutgers
- 2010 Connecticut
- 2009 West Virginia (I can’t find the odds but we were #9 at the time, they were unranked)
- 2008 Bowling Green
- 2007 Connecticut
- 2006 Connecticut
- 2005 Ohio
- 2004 Connecticut
- 2003 Toledo
- 2002 WVU (We were #17, they were #24)
- 2001 USF (Yep, just read here)
- 2000 Syracuse (I can’t find the line, but Pitt was 4-0 and had beaten Penn State just two weeks prior. Syracuse was 2-2 with losses to C-USA Cincinnati and East Carolina).
- 1999 West Virginia (Can’t find the line, but Pitt came in at 5-5 with a bowl berth on the line and WVU came in at 3-7)
- 1998 Take your pick. This was Walt Harris’ 2-9 year
- 1997 Temple (Incidentally this was my first year as a Pitt fan)
- 1996 – Final Year of Majors II. Not even going to spend the time…
You could write a script and paste it into just about every loss I listed above.
- Team didn’t look interested in playing for at least one quarter, usually more / did not appear ready to play / didn’t play with passion / got physically beaten.
- Excessive penalties
- Preventable miscues (drops, turnovers)
And look, this is more than just a Pat Narduzzi thing. This goes way back. All the way back even to Jackie Sherril. (Remember when #11 Penn State handed #1 Pitt their only loss in 1981? I’ll bet you do…)
And yeah, believe me, when I sat down and started typing I wanted nothing more than to rain fire and brimstone with my words, excoriate the coaching staff and use the might of my pen to attempt to hold them to a higher standard.
But who are we kidding? These kinds of losses are inevitable, no matter who we hire.
Hail to Pitt (and don’t let it get you down too badly)