Virginia Tech Prediction Thread

Virginia Tech Prediction Thread

10 Reasons why Pitt will beat Virginia Tech on Saturday

  1.  The defense
  2. All parts of said defense
  3. Damar Hamlin is well-rested and fired up
  4. Patrick Jones is from Virginia and will want to make sure all the Hokies know it.
  5. Pitt is 4-1 on the road
  6. Kenny Pickett may have turned the corner
  7. The O Line is better than it’s been all season
  8. Pitt always plays Virginia Tech tough
  9. We’ve got leaders on this team
  10. Destiny

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Virginia Tech Week – Previewing the Hokies

Virginia Tech Week – Previewing the Hokies

If you read yesterday’s post you know that Virginia Tech has a good quarterback, and conventional wisdom says that the Hokies should be stout on defense and special teams.  Lets dive into the numbers and see if we can figure out what these Turkeys are made of.

We’ll start with the basics.  Virginia Tech is 44th in total defense.  They give up 365 yards per game.  They are 29th in rushing defense (123.9).  They are 29th in pass efficiency defense (allowing a rating of 120.5).  They are 11th in sacks (3.3 per game).  This is the same as Penn State (as far as sacks).  I’ll also add that Virginia Tech has intercepted 12 passes, which is good for 11th in the nation.  The sack and interception numbers should worry Pitt fans.  Continue reading “Virginia Tech Week – Previewing the Hokies”

QB Corner – Profiling Hendon Hooker

QB Corner – Profiling Hendon Hooker

First, some housekeeping.  It has been quite a last-few-days for Pitt sports.

  • Pitt’s women’s volleyball team locked up their their third ACC championship.  They play Florida State this weekend at the Pete.

  • Even though the wrestling team lost to Ohio State, they’ve moved up to #12 nationally.

  • Pitt Men’s soccer made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 25 years.  They’ll meet Lehigh in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

  • Jaylen Twyman was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

  • Shocky Jaques Louis made the Pro Football Focus ACC team of the week (offense)

  • Deslin Alexandre and Damarri Mathis made the PFF ACC team of the week (defense)

…and to close it out, Kenny Pickett was named ACC Quarterback of the week

in part by making great throws like this one on third and 14:

I also want to take a second to congratulate Kenny.  He’s taken a fair amount of heat this season, both from me and from the Pitt fan base, and he’s fought through it.  He’s clearly shown the ability to take coaching and grow, and that is a credit to how he approaches the game.  As fans, we are depending on him to continue to grow, and we wish him nothing but continued success.  After all, we have a vested interest in how well he plays. Continue reading “QB Corner – Profiling Hendon Hooker”

QB Corner – Profiling UNC’s Sam Howell

QB Corner – Profiling UNC’s Sam Howell

UNC rolls into Pittsburgh this Thursday and true Freshman QB Sam Howell will be driving.  Howell has put together quite a season.  He’s thrown for 26 touchdowns against 5 INT’s and is ranked 26th in the NCAA with a 153.0 passer rating.  He’s also sporting a gaudy 14.2 Yards Per Completion.

We Pitt fans can only dream.

Sam Howell
Stats credit to Richard Hefner

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Pitt at Georgia Tech Open Game Thread

Pitt at Georgia Tech Open Game Thread

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer
A helluva’, helluva helluva helluva helluva engineer
Like all the jolly good fellows I drink my whiskey clear
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer

Oh, if I had a daughter sir, I’d dress her in white and gold
And put her on the campus, sir, to cheer on the brave and bold
And if I had a son, sir, I’d tell you what he’d do
He would yell “To Hell With georgia” like his daddy used to do

Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds
A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it around
I’d drink to all the good fellows who come from far and near
I’m a ramblin’ gamblin’ hell of an engineer! Hey!

 

 

Georgia Tech Prediction Thread

Georgia Tech Prediction Thread

Well well well, if it isn’t the eve of another ACC Coastal road game.  Pitt visits Georgia Tech on Saturday for a 4 p.m. kick, and I’m excited about that because I live about 40 minutes away from “The Flats” as they call it in Atlanta, and I’ll actually be able to watch the Panthers in person.

What I’m not excited about is Pitt’s tendency to play down to their competition.  And lets make no mistake, Pitt is better than Georgia Tech.  Pitt has more talent on defense.  Pitt has more talent on offense (Hard to believe but yes it is true).  Pitt’s developing offensive line should be able to get some push in the running game.  Pitt’s defensive style is geared towards stopping the run – which is pretty much the only thing Tech has done well this year.

Basically all Pitt has to do is tackle the running back, pressure the quarterback, and cover the deep passing routes (all of which they can do well), and they could very well pitch a shutout.

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Georgia Tech Preview

Georgia Tech Preview

Pitt plays Georgia Tech on Saturday, and while Tech sports a 2-5 record (good for last in the Coastal division), they are plenty capable of giving Pitt a good tousle, and even knocking Pitt off if things break their way.

After all, The Jackets beat Miami on the road, just a week before Pitt lost to the Hurricanes at home.

Still, Tech is transitioning from a triple option offense to…something more modern.  Everyone knows that this is going to be a multi-year project.  Tech fans are invested in it, and in their coach.  Geoff Collins is a hard nosed guy with Georgia roots and a (short) track record of success.  Although to be fair, Collins took over a Temple program that had won 10 games back to back and went 7-6 and 8-4, but…he’s got a bowl win on his resume and that’s more than we can say for Pat Narduzzi.

The interesting thing about Collins is that it seems like the guy can recruit.  He’s currently got the 22nd ranked class on Rivals for 2020.  A lot of that is due to the fact that he’s already collected 22 verbals.  There are only two four stars in that bunch, but the rest are all from Florida and Georgia so if his talent evaluation and player development are on point, Tech could be competitive (at least in the Coastal) in the next few years. Continue reading “Georgia Tech Preview”