Virginia Tech at Pitt Postgame Thread

Virginia Tech at Pitt Postgame Thread

Well. That happened. I don’t know what it is about playing Virginia Tech with a one-dimensional offense at Heinz Field on senior night that brings out the best in Pitt Football, but damn. If I were Pat, I’d lobby the ACC to keep Virginia Tech as the final home game of the season in perpetuity.

And think about Virginia Tech. Oh those fans just have to be livid. I mean they didn’t just get blown out, but they got blown out by Pitt. Pitt! A team that couldn’t score inside the redzone if we replaced the opposing defense with a wet paper bag. Pitt! The team that mustered exactly zero points against them in Blacksburg last season. Pitt! The team left for dead by many (including me) after dropping four games in a row just after they broke into the top 25. And yet, here we are. Jaylen Barden Emerged. DJ Turner had an All-ACC Day. A young offensive line blocked better than the veterans they replaced, and Kenny Pickett went out and had his best game as a Panther. 47 points later, Justin Fuente’s seat is feeling pretty damn hot. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

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In my gut I feel like Pitt is going to come up short in this one. Maybe it’s shell shock from last year. Maybe it’s just late November pessimism. Maybe it’s just been too long since I’ve seen us run the ball down someone’s throat. But… Bud Foster is gone, it’s (probably) not going to rain, and the home team has won the last 7 out of 8 in this series.

As Richard pointed out on Wednesday VT is coming off a grueling stretch of games and Pitt has played one game in three weeks, so they should be rested and healthy. Kenny Pickett’s ankle should certainly be in better shape.

At the end of the Day the defense is going to have to create some turnovers just like against FSU. And it sure would help if Whipple can manage to find a running game.

So yea my gut says Pitt loses, but rationality (and fanhood) wins out. Pitt 24 – Hokies 21.

Update: 2:15 PM

University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics Statement:

Pitt has 16 players who will not be available for today’s football game against Virginia Tech due to COVID-related protocols.