2021 Season – Western Michigan Broncos

Pitt is coming off a 41-34 road game victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. I am not going to recap the game as “Erie Express” (Rick) and “6 & 34” (Jay) did a superb job in recapping the game.

I will say that I expected Vol QB Joe Milton to miss all of his deep throws. He badly missed on the two or three he threw against Bowling Green (BG). He did get better in his accuracy. He was overthrowing his receivers by 5 to 7 yards against BG. Only 3 or 4 yards against Pitt. No more will I soft pedal or make you read between the lines with words like: “could have played any other QB on their roster with better passing results. To me and I am no expert, Milton seems to throw a hard pass with no touch when needed.”

On to the Western Michigan Broncos (WMU):

WMU rebounded from their opening game 14 – 47 loss to Michigan with a dominating 28 – 0 victory over the visiting Missouri Valley Conference FCS foe the Illinois State Redbirds (Normal, Illinois). Here is a recap of that game from the SBNation site “Hustle Belt”.

2021 Mid-American Conference Football Game Recap: Western Michigan 28, Illinois State 0 – Hustle Belt

Stats, Stats, and more Stats:

In my preview article, I mentioned the WMU QB Kaleb Eleby was rated as the fifth best QB that Pitt would face during the 2021 season. A reasonable assumption based on his 2020 passing efficiency rating. He finished third with a 195.1 rating. That rating put him only in the wake of Alabama’s Mac Jones (203.1) and BYU’s Zack Wilson (196.4). Jones and Wilson are spending this season as starters in the NFL. Is he living up to his 2020 potential? At this time, no. It is harder to put up the same numbers when you main 2020 target (D’Wayne Eskridge) joins Jones and Wilson in the pro’s.

Here are Eleby’s and WMU offensive stats for the 1’st two games:

Rushers and receiver stats for the first two games. Those on the left are year to date. On the right are stats against Michigan.

Last of the stats – a comparison of NCAA stats. Compare, enjoy, and look for anomalies.

My take is that Pitt starts off sluggish, regains their composure and cruises to a 34 – 17 win. I celebrate post game with Fran, Wolfe and others in Red 5A.

Hail to Pitt!!!