Syracuse Preview

Syracuse Preview

On paper, Pitt should dominate this one.

Syracuse hasn’t beaten a power five opponent this season. They also haven’t scored more than twenty points against a power five opponent.

And while you can say what you want about people in glass houses not throwing stones (Pitt has only scored more than twenty points against P5 once this year) at least Pitt has a semi-compent offensive line.  Syracuse’s clearly does not.  They’ve surrendered 26 sacks in six games, including eight last week to NC State.  They also gave up four to Maryland, and another eight to Clemson.  That’s 20 sacks surrendered against three power five opponents – nearly seven per game. Continue reading “Syracuse Preview”

MMQB -Pitt at Duke

MMQB -Pitt at Duke

On the way back to the tailgate on Saturday, one of the POV’ers suggested I rename this piece “the cardiac kids.”  I don’t disagree.  Over the past three games Pitt has a displayed a unique talent for dominating the first half of play, making just enough mistakes to let their opponent take a small lead in the fourth quarter, and then rallying for a last second win.

Is it maddening?  Yes.  Is it entertaining?  Absolutely.

It’s also unsustainable.

But lets not worry about that right now.  We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat (after we had nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory…) on Saturday and now Pitt sits at 4-2 at the midpoint of the season.

Here are my goods, bads and uglies from the game. Continue reading “MMQB -Pitt at Duke”

Duke Prediction Thread

Duke Prediction Thread

Despite last week’s weak showing against Delaware, optimism is running high that we can beat Duke.  Perhaps that is because six starters were sidelined last week, including Kenny Pickett.  Perhaps that was because we believe that 13 penalties are an anomaly.  Perhaps that’s because we know that Pitt tends to play down to lesser competition, and we know that Duke isn’t lesser competition.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve won five of the last six games against the Blue Devils.

Well, whatever the reason, we all know a little optimism can be a dangerous thing.  It’s much safer to keep your expectations low.  Not that the Pitt Sports Information Department is doing anything to help.

In all seriousness though, September was a great month for Twyman.  He is living up to expectations, and he needs to keep it going.  Morrissey gets credit too.  He has done what he’s done against two of the better pass rushes in the country…UVA and Penn State.  Not bad for a former walk on.

Continue reading “Duke Prediction Thread”

Previewing Duke

Previewing Duke

You’ll have to forgive the short preview this week.  I’ve been pressed for time.

Duke is a good football team, and they have been for a while.

Head Coach David Cutcliffe won a grand total of 21 games in his first five years (just over 4 wins per season), but he won 46 in his next six.  (nearly 8 wins per season).  That also includes three straight bowl wins. Continue reading “Previewing Duke”

How Good are We?

How Good are We?

Pitt has now completed a third of the season and we are starting to get a feel for the team.  As usual there are two ways to look at things.

On one hand you can look at the defense and say “Well dang, this is the best defense we’ve had since 2009, and probably the best coached defense we’ve had since the ’70’s.  I think this team is going to be pretty good.”  You could also say “The offense has been up and down but they’ve shown growth each week and they’ve got some upside.  The arrow is pointing up for Pitt.” Continue reading “How Good are We?”

Pitt in the Power Rankings – Week 4

Pitt in the Power Rankings – Week 4

First of all, what a week for Pitt Sports.

Women’s Volleyball is now ranked #4 in the country.

Jeff Capel landed his first 2020 commit, and while only three-stars, the consensus is that he’s a good one.

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And the Pitt Special now has its own T-shirt.  UCF is clearly still butt-hurt.  At least we didn’t schedule a parade.

Speaking of which, just look at the things an upset win over a nationally-ranked opponent on national TV will do for your program’s perception:

AP Top 25 – Pitt received six votes.   This is the 11th most in the “others receiving votes” category.  This effectively ranks Pitt #36.  Continue reading “Pitt in the Power Rankings – Week 4”